With State Of Emergency, Prong's first album in six years, the band unleashes a fascinating recording that encapsulates their irrepressible energy.
For fans of Prong, and all things thrash for that matter, the agonizing six-year wait for new material has felt like an eternity. Like so many, the pandemic played a significant role in this hiatus, and thankfully, the band has finally resurfaced with their latest album, State Of Emergency, far exceeding our expectations.
"It's a very 'Prong' record," asserts Tommy Victor, the visionary founder of the band. "I think it's totally genre-transcending and definitely ignores what's going on out there these days."
Victor's words capture the essence of State Of Emergency. This album is a testament to Prong's ability to defy categorization and shatter musical boundaries. It's a fearless exploration of diverse musical landscapes that showcases the band's refusal to conform to trends. "I like all kinds of music," continued Victor. "This record totally reflects that because it covers lots of different angles."
Indeed, the album is a musical odyssey that spans a spectrum of influences. At its core, it remains intensely guitar-oriented, bearing the unmistakable hallmark of Tommy Victor's distinctive style. His musical DNA is a blend of punk, metal, post-punk noise, elements of doom, bluesy undertones, and a healthy dose of thrash. The result is an album that embodies the very essence of Prong's sonic identity. As Victor explains, "All in all, there's an aggressive East Coast flair to the album." That raw, unapologetic intensity which has been a defining characteristic of Prong's sound courses through every track on State Of Emergency.
In an era where musical trends come and go with lightning speed, Prong's steadfast dedication to their unique vision is a breath of fresh air. State Of Emergency not only marks their return but solidifies their status as metal pioneers who continue to push boundaries, defy expectations, and reignite the primal fire that has fueled their music since the beginning.