Carved Into Stone
Style: Prong metal
Release date: 24 April, 2012
Playing time: 43:52

Mein Gott, Tommy Victor has been taking his vitamins the past couple of years, hasn't he! To those who thought that Prong was dead and gone, let me tell you this: Prong is alive and well - in fact, Prong is probably better than they've ever been!

'The Power of the Damager' from 2007 was a good album, no doubt about it. It easily outdid its predecessor, the disappointing comeback effort 'Scorpio Rising' (2003), but this new album bears witness to a trio which has found the shape and qualities of past glories without seeming dated.

Powerful, to-the-point, tight and with a bunch of great songs, 'Carved Into Stone' is Prong when they're best. It's 'Beg to Differ' and 'Prove You Wrong', it's Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck, it's the sound and fire we knew from the time when Prong was a defining force in metal during the Nineties, a force which inspired a multitude of bands around the world and never REALLY got the recognition they deserved for it.

The mix of thrash, alternative rock, hardcore with an industrial touch and catchy melody strikes an excellent balance. If this is the path Prong is taking henceforth, I certainly hope Victor will focus less on Danzig, Ministry and the other things he spends his time on these days and more on upping the frequency of Prong releases!

Fantastic album!

01. Eternal Heat
02. Keep On Living In Pain
03. Ammunition
04. Revenge ... Best Served Cold
05. State of Rebellion
06. Put Myself to Sleep
07. List of Grievances
08. Carved Into Stone
09. Subtract
10. Path of Least Resistance
11. Reinvestigate
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Distribution: Playground Music
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 8 May, 2012