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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.")
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.
Prong - often imitated, but Never duplicated.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent metal album, leaning towards thrash. Really like tommy's vocals.Published 2 months ago by Rob Ruff
Solid offering from Tommy Victor. Personally feel that Carved into stone was better.Published 11 months ago by William Sadler
Prong has been one of my favorite bands for over a decade. With this album, they really plant themselves solidly in the top ranks of today's metal. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Loose Moorings
I've been out of the loop for a while, but this is every bit as good as Beg To Differ, but completely different. Highly recommended.Published 19 months ago by Jacob Russ