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Ruining Lives (incl. 1 bonus track + poster) Limited Edition

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Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.
With Tommy Victor in the producer s chair and Steve Evetts once again coming in to put his
trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album. From the first riff-assault of the opener Turnover , the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ -elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary,genre-defining Cleansing -era and new fans alike will be thrilled.



Tommy Victor talks about RUINING LIVES :
This is the fastest written and recorded PRONG-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous PRONG-record .
I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album .
There s a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a Force Fed type of
song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work.
You will find some Rude Awakening but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured
the best elements of PRONG on this album.
Come To Realize is something new - we have never approached this kind of time-signature. It
really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What s exciting about the whole
album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very
current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of PRONG: marrying post-punk, industrial metal,
hardcore thrash and modern elements all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Turnover
  2. The Barriers
  3. Windows Shut
  4. Remove, Separate Self
  5. Ruining Lives
  6. Absence Of Light
  7. The Book Of Change
  8. Self Will Run Riot
  9. Come To Realize
  10. Chamber Of Thought
  11. Limitations And Validations
  12. Retreat (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B00INXSIG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Keep it somewhat short. I am a very seasoned Prong fan from the old days and current. Like all the discs, though some more than others. What we have here is quite possibly Prong's best. No kidding. Sounds like it should have been the successor to 'Damager'. Excellent, modern Prong CD, sound quality is brutally fantastic! Best sounding CD of T Victor's career. Loud, but not overly LOUD which is the case with many CD's these days. Crystal clear but extremely solid! Dont think it could have been done any better.

I liked 'Carved Into stone', but thought Damager was better. THIS is better than Damager, Cleansing and Rude Awakening. Just as good as 'Beg To Differ' but much more modern. If you like Prong just get it. You know what to expect when Prong is done right and this is 100% that.

T Victor doesn't reinvent the wheel, but he mastered all the elements on this CD. Song lengths are just right, riffs are crunching, brutal and stay with you. Good melody lines but no syrupy choruses. Not really anything bad to say about this. Probably the best Metal CD of 2014 so far. Once its over you will want to hear it again. Would be a great work out CD if your a gym person.

If you are into Metal or Prong in any way, this is an ESSENTIAL purchase. T Victor is a genius who finally made the CD of his career and god knows he has already made quite a few good (if not GREAT) ones.

Just buy it and support good Metal from an artist who has paid his dues and truly deserves it. very well done.
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RUINING THEIR CAREERS???!!! WTF? You gotta be kidding me.
The dude that said this was a cr@ppy record thrown together haphazardly is either smoking crack or listening to St. Anger.
Or maybe someone peed in his Coco Puffs.
Who knows?

This record is what it's all about.
Prong has NEVER disappointed me from day one.
(I've never been able to imagine ANYONE listening to one of their records and saying "You know, that's a really bad album. I hate it.")

Whatever.
This record smashes your brain wide open with Prong's metallic sledgehammer riffs and those signature pinch harmonics that pierce your skull, with great beats and KILLER vocals.
There's a more melodic feel, a more "organic" presence in these vocals than in earlier records... but NEVER FOR A SECOND is there even a Hint of cheesy-osity.

SUCH a great record!
So glad I stumbled across it a couple days ago. I'm smiling more now.
I needed a record this awesome... in a world full of microphone vomit (which I enjoy sometimes, if it's done well with great musicianship) and bland cookie-cutter "djent"-machines < THIS RECORD FEELS SO HUMAN.
And so powerful.
And FRESH.

Prong - often imitated, but Never duplicated.

Dope.
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My first introduction to Prong was with their second full length album "Beg To Differ", and today it's still the best album they ever did, post-punk, industrial and sheer power packed into a streamlined classic that is still ahead of its time.
After the somewhat disappointing followup "Prove You Wrong", Prong quickly got back to business and all but reinvented themselves with "Cleansing", a brutal slab of industrial might that broke them into a larger audience but didn't compromise their vicious attack.
"Ruining Lives" is being touted as harkening back to the early years, and frankly I don't really hear the similarities that much, although it doesn't mean this CD isn't possibly the best one since "Cleansing", although it has plenty of competition because Tommy Victor is a great songwriter, which means anything with the Prong name is killer.
What is different about this album is a slightly clearer sound and faster tempos, but the biggest revelation is Victor's impassioned vocals, complete with harmonies here and there, making it catchier than ever.
I haven't had this long enough to break it down into individual tunes, but its overall performance is brilliant. It may be Prong's year to break open huge, and it's about damn time.
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Old school metalheads will recall classics like Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck and Unconditional. Hooray for the good ole days of metal. Those that aren't familiar with Prong's newer releases will find a sound mixing old and new. Anyone expecting any less may be surprised. Carved Into Stone was a top notch album from start to finish with slick production and unbelievable writing while Ruining Lives continues this trend with even catchier yet more hostile songs. With Ministry now put to rest and Danzig inactive, it's great that Tommy Victor can devote more time to Prong, and it really shows. The limited edition comes in a digipak with a bonus track and poster. This is highly recommended.
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I love Prong, and have stuck with them since Force Fed, but this one hasn't taken hold like most of their other releases. Beg To Differ and Cleansing were full of brutal hooks and great playing. Ruining Lives feels like filler left over from Carved Into Stone - none of these songs made me feel like listening again. I bought this one, and I'll buy the next one, but those new to this great and often unjustly overlooked band should skip this one and start with Beg To Differ, Prove You Wrong or Power Of The Damager. I'm hoping it will grow on me, but I'm filing this one along with Scorpio Rising as one of their weaker efforts.
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