to believe but PRONG finally made it to release a brand
new record. Five years after the well-received Power Of
The Damager Tommy Victor and his mates unleash Carved
Into Stone, in my opinion a crushing piece of music and
their matured and sophisticated work so far.
Not enough it’s also the 20th anniversary of PRONG’s
legendary record Beg To Differ, which back then
put them on the worldwide map with their unique blend of metal/industrial/groove
that was their trademark for several years.
To celebrate both events properly PRONG embarked on a short
but exclusive European tour playing extended 2-set show with Beg
To Differ in a whole and a second one introducing fans
to the new album, mixed with some classics. Yeah, the perfect
For the last
time in May I ride my horse… um… car towards the •
• to assumedly experience one of the hottest shows
this year. Expectations are high, anticipation as well. But, as
life goes its own ways… expect the unexpected.
As we arrive we get shocked due to missing attendees. Too late?
Too early? Wrong day? Not at all. As we expected usual fights
for the best places in the first row taking pictures we actually
had a photopit from stage to the mixing desk. Well… almost…
;) Great summer weather took its toll I guess… Second shock:
no merchandise. Completely sold out it was said. Bummer.
occurred as there suddenly was a support band by the name ::
:: Nobody knew anything about it, nor was it anywhere
announced. It even seemed that the band itself didn’t know
that they had to play a show tonight. Must have been a last minute
thing, for what reason ever. Anyway, I never heard of the band
before. Not that much to learn about them either. COAL BLACK
came into existence in 2010. No releases so far. And they play
a common mix of melodic Metal/Core and heavy Rock. The guys had
to play without their bass player and sober for the first time
as the singer said. COAL BLACK played with much enthusiasm
but nothing that left much of an impact.
and a beer and then Tommy Victor jumps onto stage. Literally.
Time has come for :: PRONG
:: Behind the drums Alexei Rodriguez (former 3 Inches
Of Blood) is to find and on bass… no, it was not Dave Pybus
*scratches head*… he came later. Replacing Tony Campos on
this tour was first Matthew Brunson, actually guitarist in Crowbar.
He seemed to be a bit insecure and played rather reserved in the
background. As for that Tommy Victor was going wild, jumping,
posing, pulling faces and getting the crowd up. There was much
testosterone and aggression in the air as the crowd was freaking
out. Suddenly our job turned into usual trench warfare again *laughs*
And it got bloody hot.
Those who now thought we would get a well-sorted 2 set show (as
I did) was mistaken. Once again. As PRONG finished Beg
To Differ with Third From The Sun Tommy changed
his guitar, Matt left, Cradle Of Filth’s Dave appeared and
they went on without any break with Another Worldly Device
from the band’s best selling record Cleansing.
It followed 3 more songs with one new in between. PRONG
came back for 2 encores with another new track from Carved
Into Stone, with Matt on bass again.
To sum up that have been frantic 90 minutes with an utmost lively
Tommy Victor. But for the final show on tour it was hardly spectacular.
Though a great show!
Right after, around 30 seconds later, the band completely appeared
at the non-existing merchandise with a pile of CDs and LPs and
was already busy signing. Woah, that’s great :) Got me copy
too and finished a nice evening.
Setlist: For Dear Life, Steady Decline, Beg To Differ,
Lost And Found, Your Fear, Take It In Hand, Intermenstrual, D.S.B.,
Right To Nothing, Prime Cut, Just The Same, Third From The Sun,
Another Worldly Device, Revenge... Best Served Cold, Rude Awakening,
Whose Fist Is This Anyway?, Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
// Eternal Heat, Unconditional