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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B0068KIO2M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

What becomes an iconoclast the most? Carved Into Stone sums up what Prong stands for. This is an album slaked in hostility, personal detachment and seething with the urban paranoia thats long been the mark of this sonic triad. It s eleven tracks that don t merely settle into the New York City-born bands cannon of material that has yielded post-metal classics including Beg To Differ and Cleansing. It exceeds it.

Produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence), Carved Into Stone picks up where Prong s classic albums left off. Opener Eternal Heat sets things off at a blistering pace fueled by drummer Alexei Rodriguez and bassist Tony Campos formidable rhythm section. Meanwhile, the likes of Revenge...Best Served Cold is absolute, classic Prong: a huge riff slaked with bitter sentiments.


Prong s Long Branch Records/SPV debut Carved Into Stone isn t merely another chapter in the bands many-storied career or the much clichéd return to form . Its the sound of Tommy Victor and Company stating exactly who Prong is. Like it or not, they are not about to go away any time soon.

Customer Reviews

Like any album it has its ups and plateaus, but its a solid listen all the way through.
Flotsam Inc.
Tommy takes the advice of a `real' producer this time and pushes his voice into new levels of clarity and harmony!
Brian D. Jennings
Anyway, other Prong fans can buy this album and know they are getting a great example of Prong at their best.
Tommy Victor Fan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on May 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If Tommy Victor isn't the hardest working guitarist in metal today, I'd like to know who is. In addition to his own band Prong, he has loaned his considerable chops once again to Ministry and their new CD "Relapse", and played on Danzig's "Dethred Sebedoh" a few years back. We are seeing in Prong, along with some other bands who have been around for several years like Overkill and Meshuggah some of the heaviest and intense music they have made in years. Age has not softened them one damn bit.
"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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Flotsam Inc. on April 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Eternal Heat blows your head off! The rest of the album is icing on a metal tipped blade of inflicted fury. I really liked Power of the Damager(personal opinion I know) being a long time Prong fan and considering Victor and crew way under rated! The grooves are here, the thrash, and possible punkish rebellion of in your face heavy metal. The welcomed whine of Victor's guitar reminds the listener of a true under rated musician, and what does it take for the rest of the world to buy a Prong album? No I'm not a spokesperson, but a long time client of peeling sessions. And to think this band was labelled progressive in the music store when I first picked up Beg to Differ.

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!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Jennings on May 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If Prong's 2 albums Cleansing and Rude Awakening, had a baby, and that baby grew up being babysat by Killing Joke, Carved Into Stone would be the result. Once again, Tommy Victor evolves Prong perfectly. Tommy takes the advice of a `real' producer this time and pushes his voice into new levels of clarity and harmony! Yes, there are harmonies!

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Victor Fan on May 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I have all the Prong albums going back to the late 80's. I am a huge fan. This is a nice effort and again shows great song writing by Tommy Victor(and others). What struck me by this album was the lyrics. It's hard to read the lyrics of the song List of Grievances and not think he is talking about Al Jourgenson. Tommy has written music and toured with Al and Ministry for years. Is there a feud?? If so I'm sad because some recent Ministry albums have songs that seem to belong on a Prong record (the song Last Sucker for example) and Al owes a great debt to Tommy for his contributions.
Anyway, other Prong fans can buy this album and know they are getting a great example of Prong at their best.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. on April 26, 2012
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Each Prong CD is different and distinctive, yet always Prong. That trend continues with this one...the best way i could describe it would be that it has old school, "beg to differ" type of elements, yet it doesn't sounded dated, it has the modern touch to it. I liked Scorpio Rising and Power of the Damager was my 3rd favorite CD of '07....Carved into Stone is better than the last 2, and thats saying something.
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.
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