Prong: "X – No Absolutes" Album Review By Jason Z!

Prong: "X - No Absolutes" Album Review by Jason Z!

Prong: "X – No Absolutes" Album Review By Jason Z!

Tommy Victor is a busy man these days. Dividing his time between his six-string duties in Danzig, and running full-time with Prong keep him fully occupied.

Prong has always been about rebellion and attitude, mixed with aggression and fierce riffs, and thrown straight at fans’ faces. X – No Absolutes, their fourth album in four years and thirteenth overall, contains all of that, but imparts more genres of music than ever before. I have been fortunate enough to have been along for the ride since the beginning, and it’s been a fun one. Victor is a brilliant musician and songwriter, and with X – No Absolutes, he has delivered his most consistent album to date!

“Ultimate Authority” opens the album with a traditional sounding Prong riff and leads into a ferocious sing-along chorus. It’s angry and the riffs are sharp. “Sense of Ease” comes at you like a freight train without a conductor, fast and ferocious. Victor’s guitar solo is a screaming, angry demonstration that could stand on it’s own, reminiscent of a Kerry King solo. “Without Words” has a more thrashy feel to it. The vocals are the focal point  and the chorus is both catchy and memorable. “Cut and Dry” is slower, darker and more rhythm-oriented, and “No Absolutes,” the most accessible song on the album, still harnesses a badass riff throughout. Jason Christopher‘s bass along with Art Cruz‘s drums are much more prominent here. “Do Nothing” is a different animal for Prong all together. It has more of a ballad feel, and Victor’s vocals are like nothing on any previous release. It’s powerful and to the point. “Belief System” has a more doom and modern feel. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s dark and heavy. “Soul Sickness” is a dark, swirling, hammering mass that surrounds you, and “In Spite Of Hindrances” is another face-melter. It’s an uptempo beast, with a short, to-the-point chorus. “Ice Runs Through My Veins” more mid-tempo, but it is chock-full of hooks. It’s one you will be singing for days afterward. “Worth Pursuing” is fierce and punishing, and it encompasses all that Prong are about.

Tommy Victor, Jason Christopher and Art Cruz have created a masterpiece and, in my opinion, the most consistent Prong album ever with X – No Absolutes. There is no filler here, and every song can stand on it’s own. I can’t get enough of this album, and it will remain in constant rotation for me.

X – No Absolutes is out February 5 on Steamhammer/SPV Records. Pre-order it here!

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