Ahead of the release of the upcoming ‘Ruining Lives’ record, Prong hit the road for a 23 date European tour, which included a few dates in the UK. European act Klogr opened the show and proved a decent choice of support, the Italian band just being a straight up metal band, matching each abrasive riff with a fine clean vocal line courtesy of Gabriele Rustichelli. A more than decent band, unfortunate to have such a small turnout, although I think that may have partly been due to the early start (the show finished early due to a club night happening straight afterwards). With a new album coming, will be interested in seeing how their sound compares in the studio.

The room had filled out by the time Prong turned up in a very lively mood, with Tommy Victor could barely hold back his smile as the trio played through a set filled with classics old and new. The newer material, including new single ‘Turnover’ fits in so well with the older tracks, you would barely tell that Prong had been away for so long before their 2007 comeback. Bassist Tony Campos looked like he was in a trance as he threw himself around the stage, seemingly in a very different place to the rest of the band. A band with a hell of a lot of experience and this showed as they used every single minute of stage time to show why they are held in such high regard.

Prong are a band with a rich history, and more than enough classic tracks from their past to fill a much longer set than the 90 minutes on offer tonight. As a result, when they do raid their back catalogue, there is an embarrassment of riches on offer. ‘Beg To Differ’, ‘Cutrate’, ‘Another Wordly Device’ all brought back memories of the all nighters at Jilly’s Rockworld, (which used to be situated just a few minutes from tonight’s venue). By the time they roll out ‘Whose Fist Is This Anyway’ and ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck’ the crowd and as a result the pits grew and grew. Tommy was intent on making it a special night for everyone in attendance, constantly looking around the crowd as if he was checking if people were enjoying themselves. He also appeared at the mercy stand just a few minutes after the show and didn’t leave until everyone who wanted a photo or cd signed left happy. Top guy, top band.

Consistently good on record and a brilliant live act, am just gutted it took me around 20 years to finally see Prong live. Hopefully they will be back for more dates after the record has been released. If you are heading to Bloodstock in August, you could do a lot worse than watching their set.

Klogr setlist:

Room To Doubt – Draw Closer – Vultures feast – Bleeding – King Of Unknown – Failing Crowns – Zero Tolerance – Guilty & Proud – Hell Of Income

Prong setlist:

For Dear Life – Beg To Differ – Irrelevant Thoughts – Unconditional – Eternal Heat – Lost & Found – Ruining Lives – Third From The Sun – Cutrate – Rude Awakening – Turnover – Carved Into Stone – Broken Piece – Another Wordly Device – Whose Fist  – Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck – Power Of The Damager

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