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Ruining lives: It’s the name of Prong’s latest effort

Metal band Prong takes the stage at Launchpad on Sunday night. (Courtesy of Tim Tronckoe)

Metal band Prong takes the stage at Launchpad on Sunday night. (Courtesy of Tim Tronckoe)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 20 years has passed and metal band Prong continues to produce hard, driving riffs that make you wake up and pay attention.

The band that stems from New York came on the metal radar in the early 1990s, but broke ground in the late ’90s with its album “Cleansing.” The album features the song “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck,” which has been covered by several metal and hardcore bands over the years.

Now, Prong is working on its own album of cover songs, which is expected to be released sometime in February or March. But, Prong vocalist and guitarist Tommy Victor is not letting the cat out of the bag as to which songs made the cut.

“I just put it out there and got some response from old friends and Jason (Christopher) the bass player,” Victor said of the covers album. “He had a lot to do with picking the songs and he put a lot of thought into it. I thought, wow, this makes sense. On a couple ones, I added suggestions… You’ll have to wait and see.”

After recently doing two tours of Europe, Prong has come back home to promote its latest album “Ruining Lives.” Following its U.S. tour, the band will head back to Europe and later to Australia, New Zealand and South America.

Prong’s rigorous touring schedule leaves little time to record, but somehow Victor and his bandmates Christopher and Art Cruz on drums find a way.

“The last record took three months to write, record and mix the whole thing,” Victor said. “There wasn’t a lot of time and it came out pretty well I think… I don’t like being rushed, but I don’t like having a lot of time where I feel we’re wasting time and money. It is a balance.”

“Ruining Lives” has a slight throwback sound to Prong’s early days, which Victor said was not intentional, but rather spontaneous.

“We’re not going back in time and making this nostalgic,” he explained. “We are making a modern metal record that has old hardcore roots in it and modern melodies and hooks and rapid-fire speed that we didn’t even come close to several years ago.”


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