I remember just like it was yesterday catching PRONG on their final tour back in 1996. I had a strong feeling at the time that they were at the end of their rope. Well, 6 years later Tommy Victor and his new recruits are back in the form of a first live album.
No, Ted Parsons is not here. He is now and has been drumming for GODFLESH for the past few years now. The only somewhat famous person on this team now is Monte Pittman who was a touring guitarist for MADONNA and is a personal friend of Tommy's. So, with this line up and new era, how does PRONG look and sound? Well, they sound good live. They still deliver their hard and crushing Groove Metal with Industrial mixed in and a sound that is purely: PRONG!
The choice selection here contains mostly tunes from "Rude Awakening", "Cleansing" and "Prove You Wrong". You have one track here called "Initiation" which is a more refined PRONG. The crushing guitar riffs are there and the drumming is solid. It just doesn't provide the same groove as heard on their older stuff and that is ok. This is one of the four tracks brought out on tour with them as they tried to hunt for a new label.
All the classics are here: "Snap Your Fingers", "Prove You Wrong" and "Whose Fist", but I wished that they would have thrown in "Lost And Found". That song was just so groovin'. By no means is this Nu-Metal, but in the recent years that it has plagued our society and radio stations, PRONG's brand of music which they have done for over 17 years could fit well into mainstream. Perhaps Tommy and co. can show the new kids on the block how it's done. (Online March 3, 2003)