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PRONG - CARVED INTO STONE
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2012 release from the veteran Metal band. Carved Into Stone sums up what Prong stands for. This is an album slaked in hostility, personal detachment and seething with the urban paranoia that's long been the mark of this sonic triad. It's 11 tracks that don't merely settle into the New York City-born band's cannon of material that has yielded post-metal classics including Beg To Differ and Cleansing. It exceeds it.
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"Carved Into Stone" is absolutely crushing Prong. While all their music slays, with their unique blend of industrial, thrash and a tad bit of '80's hardcore, Prong have delivered the toughest CD since their classic "Cleansing". We get catchy rhythms, and "Revenge Best Served Cold" harkens back to "Whose Fist Is This Anyway", one of the best Prong songs ever. The guitars are densely layered as usual, and Victor's lead work just gets better with time. Stylistically, "Carved Into Stone" has some of the more melodic moments of the equally fine "Power of the Damager", strange chord voicings from "Scorpio Rising", a very underrated Prong CD if there ever was one, and the brutal slam of "Cleansing".
If there's anything I miss in Prong, it might be the vibe from the greatest Prong album ever, "Beg To Differ", a CD still 50 years ahead of its time, but that's splitting hairs. "Carved Into Stone" will be, along with Meshuggah's "Koloss" and High on Fire's "De Vermis Mysteriis" one of the year's best albums.
The band wrote 25 songs and these were selected as the best material.....I would have settled for 9!
Like any album it has its ups and plateaus, but its a solid listen all the way through. I could describe each song, but all I can say is REINVESTIGATE this band. True Prong fans will pick this up, and the rest of the world should take heed and listen. Prong is back...Carved Into Stone!
Those of us that have been following Tommy since his primitive origins, will delight in the 1st run through listening of Carved Into Stone. Even though you have never heard the songs before, YOU KNOW when Tommy's classic harmonic guitar squeals are coming up. He doesn't disappoint you as he carefully and tastefully sprinkles them throughout the album. There is a real good one that is doubled in stereo with 2 squeals at the same time on the song Carved Into Stone at 2:06 for the real die-hards.
Filling in on drums this time around and in the live shows (and hopefully, forever), is Alexei Rodriguez. I believe he single-handedly pushes Tommy's writing to new levels. He has the balls to go from 4/4 disco beats into completely of the wall, out of the pocket footwork (ala the chorus of Carved Into Stone.) Taking a dude that can shred the drums with the best of them, yet isn't to `cool' to play for the actual song, is a rare thing.
Finally, the production is great. Make sure you crank this album, front to back, with no breaks, on a nice 5.1 household system 1st, before you squash it down into your crappy iPhone headphones. Tommy really creates some huge landscapes, when he switches into his big half-time break downs, throwing in his open G-string riffs ala Killing Joke.
This record will take you from Ride the Lightning type riffs (List of Grievances), to nearly dance-able, groovy as f#@k hooks (Put Myself to Sleep) into mud-drenched Sabbath sludge (Carved Into Stone) and then drop you off from a spaceship with the ending of (Path of Least Resistance). It's beautiful. Your favorite song will change each time you give it a listen. When is the last time a record has done that to you?
There is no filler on this bad boy.
Find out for yourself and support good music by purchasing this gem.
A gem carved into stone.
Anyway, other Prong fans can buy this album and know they are getting a great example of Prong at their best.
Tommy Victor is one of the best riff masters of all time in my book. It's pretty amazing how many clever, intelligent heavy guitar riffs he's wrote throughout the complete Prong discography.
Another high point with "Carved into Stone" is that its solid the entire way through...no filler material. And the production is worth mentioning too....it sounds fantastic. If you want a great metal CD, buy this! This one (like all Prong CD's), will have great replay value, something you can play over and over and over and never get sick of. I'm grateful to continue to get albums from Prong and hope there will be more through the coming years.