Interview: Prong’s Tommy Victor Talks “Zero Days”, Upcoming Touring, & More

I was recently given the chance to interview Prong’s Tommy Victor about the band’s latest album “Zero Days,” their upcoming touring, and more. You can check out that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: Your latest album “Zero Days” has been out for over seven months now. How has the reception been?

VICTOR: I must say, absolutely fantastic. Reviews were great. We have toured for the record in Europe and I know fans over there were real happy with it. That’s from talking to people and the response we were getting from playing “Divide And Conquer” at the shows. It’s still a new record really. We haven’t toured for it in North America. And now we are going to be, and playing more songs from it adding “However It May End” and “ Forced Into Tolerance.“ The latter we shot our first video for “Zero Days” and it will be released very shortly.

METAL ANARCHY: Counting the “Songs from the Black Hole” covers album, you have released a new album every year from 2014 – 2017. How do you keep the momentum going after all these years?

VICTOR: You’re missing “Carved Into Stone” which came out in ‘13! And we put out a live record “Unleashed In The West” since then as well . So technically 6 records in 5 years. It’s tough to do if I was alone but the band and myself had a lot of help from Chris Collier and Steve Evetts. Our label has been supportive too. We were able to bash the records out fast. You just have to plan things a bit and keep writing and thinking about ideas. Reading books, looking around to get lyric ideas is important. I have never thought Prong peaked. I always seem to think there’s a couple of good songs left. Now even, I’ve seen things differently than before and changed a few approaches. I’m not saying it’s a barrel of monkeys all the time, but I think it’s worth it. We can have this large legacy of records. I think that’s cool.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning on releasing even more new material this year?

VICTOR: Yes. We are most likely going to release a couple of singles. The full length will be out January 2019. I have about ten songs sort of written. That will get whittled down to about three and then we’ll see if any of those make the cut down the line.

METAL ANARCHY: You will soon be kicking off a West Coast tour with Powerflo (Biohazard, Cypress Hill, etc.) towards the end of this month. What can fans expect from those dates?

VICTOR: It’ll be cool because it’ll have this West Coast/ East Coast hardcore vibe to it. There’s this band Cutthroat on it as well who are an LA hardcore band. Also Sifting who are opening, I think they’re more metal. I expect the shows to be high energy!

METAL ANARCHY: You also have a co-headlining tour with Helmet scheduled for May. What would you like to say about that run?

VICTOR: It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile. It makes a lot of sense pairing the bands. We come from the same place, NY’s Lower East Side, at around the same time. People have said we both were instrumental in starting an alternative metal genre. We both took a lot chances and rolled the dice a lot but really remained street in a lot of ways. It’s two legacy bands together but I think we both remain relevant today. Should be good!

METAL ANARCHY: What will the setlists look like for these two tours?

VICTOR: We mix it up of course. There’s a lot of material to choose from but we center around the obvious crowd pleasers. We do new Prong songs but play most of the video songs, you know the “hits”.

METAL ANARCHY: Aside from these treks, what other plans do you have for the rest of the year?

VICTOR: We’re going to cut the new songs at some point. But we have a short European run booked and a metal cruise. We did all the festivals over there last year so only one this year. It’s pretty booked up for 2018!


Prong & Powerflo Announce West Coast Dates

Prong and Powerflo (Cypress Hill, Biohazard, etc.) have announced some West Coast shows. Here’s the dates:

03/29 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
03/30 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar
04/02 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
04/03 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
04/07 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar
04/08 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Powerflo (Ex-Fear Factory, Biohazard, Cypress Hill, Etc.) Working On New Material

It looks like Powerflo (Ex-Fear Factory, Biohazard, Cypress Hill, etc.) have been working on some new material. The band revealed the news in the below Instagram post:

New PF in the works.

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Watch Footage Of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Performing At 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (January 25). The event featured numerous artists incling members of Pantera, Korn, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Check out footage from the concert below:

[via The PRP]

Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Fear Factory, Etc. Members Set For 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, is set to take place on January 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The event will feature an all-star jam band composed of members of Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Pumpjack will open the show and SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin will serve as the host. All proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Kyng‘s GoFundMe Campaign for their stolen gear. An official afterparty will also take place at the Affliction Soundstage in Seal Beach, CA after the concert, and it will feature performances from Whiskeydick, Pantera tribute band Cowgirls From Hell, and Kyng.

Powerflo (Ex-Fear Factory, Biohazard, Cypress Hill, Etc.) Premiere “Less Than A Human” Video

Powerflo, the band featuring Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory, etc.), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Rogelio Lozano (Downset.), Billy Graziadei (Biohazard), and Fernando Schaefer (Worst), have premiered a new video for their song “Less Than A Human,“ via Metal Injection. This song is from the band’s self-titled debut album which is available now.

Brujeria Joined By “Orange Is The New Black” Star Jessica Pimentel On Current Tour

Alekhine’s Gun frontwoman and “Orange Is The New Black” star, Jessica Pimentel has joined Brujeria on their current tour with Powerflo and Piñata Protest. She said the following about that [translated from Spanish]:

“It is an honor to join with these legendary men of mystery and it will be my pleasure to bewitch you and open your eyes to the problems of the world that have me pissed off.”

Tour Dates:

11/08 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/09 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
11/10 Nashville, TN – Exit In
11/11 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
11/12 Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
11/14 Corpus Christi, TX – Ayers Event Center
11/15 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
11/16 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/17 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater