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Prong
Ruining Lives (SPV Records)

05/29/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



  Prong, Ruining Lives (SPV Records)

The ninth studio LP from the oldschool death-metal New Yawk trio is administered the way one would expect, by SPV Records, the sort-of-huge label that continues to be the Mercy Hospital triage center of metal, taking in the tired and worn pioneers of the genre — if you were a tape-trader in 1989, SPV is one-stop shopping. Of course, the punkish, Maximum Rock n Roll-pandering Prong is long gone, and although this LP features frontman Tommy Victor as the only original member, there’s little excuse or reason for this stuff to be out in the virtual clouds in the first place. It reads like Misfits with a big producer and a stuffy label exec forcing them to go metal-pop a la Bury Your Dead — yeah, yeah, it’s heavy and death-y in its way, but no one in their right mind would have done something like this back in the day — what are they aiming for?  Groupies? The cover is brand-accurate, at least. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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