Zero Days has something for everyone, a spry conglomeration of punk, thrash and metal. The album’s sequencing is superb, reinforcing the idea that Victor puts great thought into the presentation of his music.
Having followed Prong pretty regularly these past few years, I think I can make a few observations: Tommy Victor can write a good song. He can sing just about anything and make it sound cool. Prong as a band has chameleon qualities in their music. They can play with anybody and have the songs to accommodate nearly every situation. That being said, their latest album, Zero Days, continues right were X-No Absolutes left off. A solid blending of musical genres. From extremity to ballad, Prong records are designed to entertain.
I must admit that my expectations were high. Tommy Victor has been moving into uncharted territories musically and I was intrigued to see where he would go next. Prong has been mislabeled as a thrash/industrial metal act nearly since their inception. Victor has cleverly broken that mold, releasing cover albums with songs by Killing Joke and Neil Young (Songs from The Black Hole – 2015) and incorporating more ballads and actual singing into his subsequent efforts. (X -No Absolutes – 2016) This thought process may have been unconventional but it worked, Prong has managed to reinvent itself.
Zero Days has something for everyone, a spry conglomeration of punk, thrash and metal. The album’s sequencing is superb, reinforcing the idea that Victor puts great thought into the presentation of his music. The band’s execution is first rate. It’s hard to imagine such a full sound coming from a three-piece unit but the musicality on this record exceeds all expectations. Arturo ‘Art” Cruz is a fantastic drummer who deserves more accolades for his performances. His beats make up the unwavering backbone of Prong’s attack. I was sorry to hear about the loss of bassist Jason Christopher but Mike Longworth does an exemplary job on this record. Highlight tracks for me are: “Zero Days”, “Off The Grid”, “Divide And Conquer”, “The Whispers”, “Rulers Of The Collective” and “Compulsive Future Projection”.
Surviving decades in the music business is no easy task but skill and solid song writing have done it for Prong. Check out Zero Days and let the versatility of Prong entice you! \m/
- Mike Longworth – Bass
- Arturo “Art” Cruz – Drums
- Tommy Victor – Guitars, Vocals