Heavy music innovators PRONG have set “Carved Into Stone” as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Long Branch Records/SPV. The CD is currently being recorded with producer Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, SEPULTURA and HATEBREED, among others.
According to a press release, “Carved Into Stone” “is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York’s Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.”
Comments PRONG guitarist, vocalist and founder Tommy Victor: “It was hardest I’ve ever worked in the studio on any record I’ve ever been involved with.”
PRONG — whose lineup is rounded out by bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez — has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics.
“I always believed there were many dimensions to PRONG,” says Tommy. “Every record we’ve been associated with different scenes — hardcore, metal, industrial — even dance! I think this record brings all of that together and sounds very modern at the same time.”
Founded in 1986, PRONG is considered to be a pioneer of the American post-hardcore and post-metal scenes whose influence is still being felt today.
In an October 2009 interview with Target Audience, Victor stated about the songwriting process for PRONG‘s next album, “The earlier batch was not like ‘Power of the Damager’ material. Just to be more general, it was more of a reach towards the ‘Rude Awakening’ or KILLING JOKE-type material. Then I came up with a couple of, like, you know, brutal thrash ideas and then some other ideas for, uh, total riff rock — like not like modern. I think they sort of go back into the ‘Cleansing’ era where it was based on GODFLESH or something and then I’ll have too see…I’ve started attacking the riffs again and seem to be in that vein of BLACK SABBATH-oriented or more than we’ve done. I think it’s gonna be cool eventually. It’s just like getting the right ideas finding out where we’re out going and like throwin’ ’em all together and taking a look at it.”
He added, “It’s all about songs. I mean, PRONG is a songwriting band, ya know? That’s why it takes so long, because we just don’t go in and have this formula of patterns and, ya know, or just record some really heavy stuff and scream all over it; I have to figure out a lyrical concept and a lyrical line and the lyrics. And I gotta do all that and then, of course, solos and there’s a lot on me on the whole thing, unfortunately.”
PRONG‘s last release was “Power Of The Damn Mixxxer”, the remix counterpart to the band’s 2007 album “Power of The Damager”. Victor previously stated about the collection, “We are really excited about this remix compilation of ‘Power Of The Damager’ material. We feel the LP was overlooked and in some cases ignored. But the added elements provided by the great remixers, producers, and deejays infused with all the tracks make ‘Power Of The Damn Mixxxer’ an interesting yet enjoyable listening experience.”
ATLmetal.com has posted video footage of PRONG performing the song “Beg To Differ” on March 9, 2010 at the Loft in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch the clip below.