Prong To Release New EP “Age Of Defiance” In November

Prong will be releasing a new EP titled “Age Of Defiance” on November 29. The effort will feature five tracks, including two new songs, the title track and “The End Of Sanity,“ as well as live versions of “Rude Awakening,“ “Cu-Rate,” and “Another Wordly Device.” The first single, “The End Of Sanity,” is expected to surface on October 26.

Victor told Loud TV the following about his decision to only release two new songs:

“Look, in 2013, we put out ‘Carved Into Stone’, in 2014 ‘Runing Lives’, in 2015 we put out ‘Songs From The Black Hole’ and we did ‘No Absolutes’. Then I did ‘Zero Days’ in 2017. And then after that, we had some live stuff we did, and then after that, I went in and I wrote a whole shitload of songs. And I was, like, ‘I don’t wanna put all of these out.’ We put out so many records.”

“I don’t wanna sound negative too much, but for the most part, no one gave a fuck. You make all these records, these new records, and essentially people wanna hear ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck’. And I liked doing those records, but I got burnt out of these long albums. So I wrote a bunch of songs, but I’m just gonna pick two out of that and put those out. Why put out a whole another album full of material and people don’t even listen to the shit — they don’t listen to the whole record. So this thing may do really well. It’s, like, ‘Two PRONG songs. Cool. I don’t wanna listen to any more than that anyhow.’ And then we have a live ‘Rude Awakening’, ‘Cut-Rate’ and ‘Another Worldly Device’ on it. So we’ll see how it works out. But it’s been fun so far for me, because I haven’t been overworked with it.”

“Making ‘Zero Days’ was — that was a major project, that album. There wasn’t a lot of time to make it, and it was a lot of work. I was working seven days a week, sleeping four hours, trying to come up with lyrics. I think the lyrics are great on the record, because I was figuring out what the hell was going on with the song and trying to do the lyrics and making everything so perfect. And I get a little disillusioned because nobody cares. Of all the lyrics I wrote, maybe a couple of people were, like, ‘What was the topic of that? What were you saying with that? That’s an interesting lyric.’ I’ve had very few conversations about it. And it wasn’t released right — the record label didn’t do a great job with it — so I was very disappointed with the whole outcome of that. So now it’s two songs, [three] live [tracks], and then a full-length album later.”

He also added the following about the lyrical themes of the new songs:

“‘Age Of Defiance’ is [about how] people feel like they’ve gotta be rebels, and that’s nothing new to that. You have to find a way to find your own peace and to be calm and not violent. It’s really an anti-violence song. People say, ‘Oh, ‘Age Of Defiance’, it sounds like it’s a rebel, a revolution song,’ but it’s just the opposite — it’s sort of, like, ‘I don’t even care. I wanna be happy myself.’ And ‘The End Of Sanity’ is the other one. It’s kind of self-explanatory. I just feel like the world is going crazy. The shit that people say and the whole thing doesn’t make any sense anymore to me.”

“I watch the news and everything. You have better news in Europe. But you don’t get a big, broad picture of America neither. You get CNN, and that’s one view of everything. But in America, there’s one view and then there’s another view and the other thing, and they’re all just advertisements for each side. It’s bullshit. It’s not news. So you don’t really get any news anymore. They’re TV shows.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ministry, Tenacious D, Stitched Up Heart, Etc. Members Added To Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

More artists have been added to the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the updated lineup includes: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Idol, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jack Black (Tenacious D), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Mike Garson (David Bowie), Brad Wilk (Prophets Of Rage/Rage Against The Machine), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Franky Perez (Deadland Ritual), Twiggy, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart), Jason Christopher (Prong), Etty Lauy Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol), Paul Trudeau (Billy Idol), Donovan Leitch, and Julie Mintz. As previously reported, the all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album in full. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

Agnostic Front Add More Dates To “Victim In Pain” 35th Anniversary Tour

Agnostic Front have added more dates to their “Victim In Pain” 35th anniversary tour. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

With Prong:

09/18 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
09/20 Detroit, MI – Small’s
09/21 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
09/22 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
09/25 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
09/26 London, ON – Call The Office
09/27 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
09/28 Montreal, QC – Foufounes
09/29 Albany, NY – Chrome
10/01 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/02 Brattleboro, VT – The Stone Church
10/03 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
10/04 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/05 Asbury Park, NY – Asbury Lanes
10/06 New York, NY – The Knock Down Center (no Prong)
10/23 Denver, CO – Oriental Theatre (no Prong)
10/24 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
10/26 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/27 Garden Grove, CA – Garden Grove Amphitheater

With Slapshot:

12/03 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
12/04 Raleigh, NC – Pour House
12/05 Nashville, TN – The End
12/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/07 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
12/08 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
12/09 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
12/10 Wilmington, NC – Reggie’s

Prong Hitting The Studio For New EP, Set August Release Date For 25th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of “Cleansing”

Prong have announced that they will be entering the studio this month to record a new EP with Chris Collier. The effort, which will be mixed by Terry Date, will be released this fall and it is expected to feature two new tracks. In other news, the group will also be releasing a 25th anniversary vinyl pressing of “Cleansing” on August 2. It will be limited to 666 individually numbered copies pressed on silver and black marbled vinyl. Prong will be hitting the road on a “Cleansing” 25th anniversary European tour and on a North American tour with Agnostic Front.

Agnostic Front Announce North American Tour With Prong

Agnostic Front have announced a headlining tour with Prong. The band will continue to celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Victim In Pain” on this run.

Tour Dates:

09/18 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
09/20 Detroit, MI – Small’s
09/21 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
09/22 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
09/25 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
09/26 London, ON – Call The Office
09/27 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
09/28 Montreal, QC – Foufounes
09/29 Albany, NY – Chrome
10/01 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/02 TBA – TBA
10/03 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
10/04 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/05 Asbury Park, NY – Asbury Lanes
10/06 New York, NY – The Knock Down Center (no Prong)

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Recruits Bad Wolves, Prong, Etc. Members For His Live Solo Band

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton has recruited vocalist Mark Morales (Sons Of Texas), guitarist Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), bassist Nick Villarreal (Sons Of Texas), and drummer Art Cruz (Prong, Winds Of Plague) to serve as members of his live band on his upcoming tour with Light The Torch and Moon Tooth. Some special guests are expected to appear on select dates as well. Morton will be touring in support of his new solo album “Anesthetic“ (out March 1).

Hatebreed Announce Second Leg Of 25th Anniversary Tour

Hatebreed have added a second leg to their 25th anniversary tour. Obituary, Madball (select dates), Agnostic Front (select dates), Prong, and Skeletal Remains will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/07 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom (with Madball)
05/08 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre (with Madball)
05/09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (with Madball)
05/10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (with Madball)
05/11 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (with Madball)
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre (with Madball)
05/14 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium (with Madball)
05/15 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (with Madball)
05/17 Portland, OR -Crystal Ballroom (with Agnostic Front)
05/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO (with Agnostic Front)
05/20 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (with Agnostic Front)
05/21 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (with Agnostic Front)
05/22 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (with Agnostic Front)
05/24 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center (with Agnostic Front)
05/25 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (Hatebreed only)
05/26 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! (with Agnostic Front)