Today, Friday, October 6th, Prong‘s new album “State of Emergency” hits the streets, and to celebrate their eagerly anticipated 13th release, Tommy Victor and the guys have shared a new music video for the album’s title track, following up previous acclaimed singles ‘Breaking Point’, ‘Non Existence’ and ‘The Descent’.
With heavy metal perfection, “State of Emergency” shows off this quintessential band’s unique blend of thrashy, punky, face ripping rock, emblematic of what the entire record has to offer.
Tommy comments on the track: “The title track ‘State of Emergency’ is a bit of a classic Prong style groove metal track but heavier . It features the last lyric written for the album. I wanted a song that summarized some of the other lyrics .One that would direct the cover art as well. What we get is this depiction of the Orwellian, dystopian reality we are facing. It’s all rather dark, threatening and heavy!”
“State of Emergency” is a furious tableau of East Coast aggression, enveloped in that classic Prong sound that never goes out of style.
Tommy Victor outlines the stylistic direction of the eleven songs that make up the album by saying: “It’s a very ‘Prong’ record. I think it’s totally genre-transcending and definitely ignores what’s going on out there these days,”
Commenting on his artistic approach, Victor says: “I like all kinds of music. This record totally reflects that because it covers lots of different angles. At the same time, “State Of Emergency” is very guitar-oriented and a typical example of my style.“
Produced by the skillful hands of legendary producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan),“State Of Emergency” surprises on the post-punk track “Disconnected” and then grooves on the title track. Originally released as a standalone single in early 2023, “Breaking Point” takes no prisoners with honest lyrics and cutting attitude, while hard hitting “The Descent” is a lightning quick, classic ripper.
The album closes with a cover of “Working Man”, originally written and recorded by the legendary Rush. “Rush was the first power trio I ever saw live and I was blown away by them,” Tommy says. “‘Working Man’ is so simple and it’s so heavy. I also love the lyric. I thought it would be great tuned down a bit and slowed down, and I think we nailed it.”