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Prong
Zero Days
Type: CD
Company: SPV/Steamhammer
Release: 2017
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 8/17/2017
Quality crossover thrash and groove metal from these veteran New Yorkers
Talk about a band absolutely on fire right now? New York City journeymen Prong. 'Zero Days' is the band's fourth album since 2014, an exclamation mark that is magnified by the band's consistent touring in the US and across the pond. The band pairs up with equally hot Chris Collier for production, a talent who's most recently been associated with the likes of Metal Church, Flotsam and Jetsam and Last in Line. Steamhammer is still dealing the goods, a collaboration that has seen the band market the last four albums through the German label.

"Oh, it's looking like a lost cause" is Tommy Victor's opening bellow, leading off album ignitor "However It May End". Victor's signature riffs bore into the lyrics with an impactful force. It's convincing and defiant, dressed to kill with tight production values. The album's title track is a grunt-truck of groove, punctuated by that odd punky chorus delivery that only Prong can pull off. Fretwork at the two-minute mark injects a good dose of melody amidst the apocalyptic message. While a lot of tracks work well being built on the thrash (or crossover) platform, "The Whispers" is hands down the best track of the album and a career highlight. It's this loose, accessible cut that rides Longworth's basslines with an addictive chorus. The melodic, ascending notes through the chorus works perfectly as it builds into this crushing, jackhammer riff and double bass.

I'm giving this higher marks than some of the reviews I've glanced at online. I'm not sure what they are missing that I'm cherishing, but a note for readers is that I haven't become overly familiar with the last decade of Prong albums. Hearing 'Zero Days' has prodded me to explore missing albums and events in the band's history. While some may have become jaded or even complacent with Tommy and the gang...I've got plenty of good days left to enjoy 'Zero Days'.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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CD
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Zero DaysProng
2017
Eric Compton8/17/2017


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Tommy VictorProngKim Thore4/6/2012


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