Release Date: Feb 5, 2016
Record label: Steamhammer
Crossover thrash, hardcore punk, groove metal, industrial and the once-dreaded "alternative metal": name a subgenre, and Prong have probably covered it over the past three decades. After a stretch of lean years in the early aughts, bandleader Tommy Victor returned triumphantly to the brutality of the band's '90s output on 2012's Carved in Stone. Now, after last year's Songs from the Black Hole covers EP — which featured excellent takes on Killing Joke, Butthole Surfers, and vintage Neil Young — Prong dial it in on the exceptional X – No Absolutes, showing they're equally adept at quick-paced thrash ("Sense of Ease," "In Spite of Hindrances," "Worth Pursuing"), Pantera-esque groove ("Ultimate Authority," "Cut and Dry," "Soul Sickness") and catchy-as-hell, Cleansing-era industrial rock ("No Absolutes," "Belief System," "Without Words").
It’s Prong – and that’s good enough. You always know what to expect from Prong: fury, but refined with an overhanging intelligence and unconfined musicianship. But it all comes back to that unrequited anger..