Posts Tagged ‘Prong’
Hellfest Festival 2013
@ Clisson, France
21st- 23rd June 2013
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.
Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.
Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.
Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.
Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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Tags: Accept, Anti-Flag, AT THE GATES, Bad Religion, Black Spider, Coal Chamber, CRADLE OF FILTH, Danko Jones, Danzig, DEF LEPPARD, Down, Europe, Finntroll, GHOST, gojira, Hellfest Festival 2013, Helloween, Hellyeah, Kiss, Korn, Kreator, LORDI, MORBID ANGEL, My Dying Bride, NEWSTED, NOFX, P.O.D, papa roach, Prong, Red Fang, Saxon, Sick Of It All, Skindred, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, Stonesour, Testament, Twisted Sister, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, VEKTOR, VoiVod, VOLBEAT, Whitesnake, WINTERSUN, ZZ Top
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Prong @ The Garage
13th May 2012
Prong have been kicking the proverbial metal arse for the best part of 26 years now.
From their early beginnings on the awesomely heavy and uncompromising “Force Fed” through to the first stirrings of their groove metal offerings, right through to the latest album “Carved Into Stone”.
They have always been highly influential and danced to their own tune while many other bands ended up towing the line of the music industry.
This has sometimes left them a little out on a limb but there can be no doubt that 2012 and the latest album, has put them right back in the frame.
With a sound that is unmistakable, Prong are one of the true originals left in the metal scene and an opportunity to catch them live was not to be missed!
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Tags: Nemhain, October File, Prong, The Garage
Posted in 2012 | Comments (0)
More unique, rare and one-of-a-kind items are now up for auction to benefit rock & roll comic C.C. Banana, currently in crisis.
SplitScreen Entertainment, producers of the tribute albums “KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent” and “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks,” is coming to the aid of its friend and colleague, rock & roll comic C.C. Banana. A performer on both of its aforementioned tributes, C.C. Banana is best known for his humorous interviews with members of such bands as Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Kiss, L.A. Guns, Winger, Ratt, W.A.S.P. and many others. C.C. was recently in the process of recording a solo album (in commemoration of his 10th anniversary) when his family was struck by severe financial hardship, brought on by the sudden decline of an ailing family member. As a result, he is now on the verge of losing the house he has lived in since birth.
In effort to save the family home, SplitScreen Entertainment is organizing a series of auctions on behalf of C.C. Banana, including autographed items from his rock & roll friends and heroes. This week’s spotlight auctions include a Schecter guitar signed by the members of Prong and the exceedingly rare Kiss remote control van.
The guitar is a SchecterDiamond Series Omen-6 in Walnut Satin and is signed by Prong frontman Tommy Victor, as well as the entire “Power of the Damager” era lineup. It was won by C.C. Banana during the 2007 Eddie Trunk Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, which featured a return to the stage by founding Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley after a 6-year absence. C.C. Banana won the guitar by entering the annual costume contest dressed as “Ace Peeley, the Psycho Citrus.” A prized trophy of his collection, C.C. is now parting with the guitar in the face of his current emergency.
Prong guitar link
The Kiss Radio Controlled 3-Funciton Van is a true rarity in Kiss collecting circles, produced and distributed in limited quantities by Azrak-Hamway International in 1979. The packaging is in off-the-shelf condition, showing only minor signs of wear and possessing a glossy and rigid top flap. This version of the packaging is believed to be the less common one, featuring the extended flap illustrated by a full-color photo of the band in their Love Gun outfits (from the well-known “glowing cubes” photo session). The van itself has never been played with and is still affixed to the styrofoam insert by the factory-installed screw. All stickers are attached as originally applied, with no cracks or tears whatsoever. RC antennas are curled as originally inserted with no dents or defects. Even the paper instruction sheet is included, wrinkle-free and folded as when new (albeit somewhat yellowed from age). This rare diamond is a virtual time capsule of the 1970s, combining Kiss, van culture and the then-burgeoning RC hobby. Gene Simmons himself probably does not own a copy of this item in such nice condition!
Kiss van link
Other noteworthy items available this week include autographed CDs from members of Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Twisted Sister and more.
Also being auctioned are many of C.C. Banana‘s own rock & roll treasures and pop culture collectibles, including rare and out-of-print CDs, DVDs, action figures, toys and assorted collector’s items C.C. has acquired over the years. SplitScreen Entertainment will also be helping in its own way via proceeds from sales of its two albums featuring C.C. Banana. Fans wishing to donate directly may do so via GiveForward in exchange for various levels of rewards. SplitScreen Entertainment will deduct no administrative fees and every cent raised will go toward C.C. Banana‘s immediate financial concerns.
The latest batch of auctions is now online, with more to be added in the coming weeks. SplitScreen Entertainment asks all who have enjoyed C.C. Banana‘s many interviews and adventures over the years to come to his aid in his time of need. No gesture is too small or unappreciated. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website.
Tags: C.C. Banana, Kiss, Prong
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(New York, NY) – CROWBAR have officially announced new tour dates alongside NYC based PRONG this spring. WITCHBURN has been tapped to support. The band will set out on these dates in continued support of their latest release, “Sever the Wicked Hand” released last year.
“Sever the Wicked Hand,” produced by Kirk Windstein and mixed by Zeuss, was the band’s first new album of all new original studio material since 2005′s “Lifesblood for the Downtrodden.”
Windstein then told Decibel Magazine, “This is probably the most important record of Crowbar’s career.” The band recorded a video for the single “Cemetery Angels” which can be seen HERE.
Tags: Crowbar, Prong
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Tommy Victor of PRONG
Interviewed by EvilG
Questions by EvilG, Lord of the Wasteland, and Aaron Yurkiewicz
Prong are one of those bands that took different elements and styles and mixed them together and offered something completely new yet crushingly heavy. Many bands copied some of what they did, but the band never became as much of a household name as they should have. We spoke to Tommy about his career, playing in Ministry and Danzig, and asked for his reflections on things like the impact Prong has made, why the band broke up and then returned, and why in 2009 Prong is still here kicking our asses!
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Tags: Danzig, Ministry, Prong, Tommy Victor
Posted in 2009 | Comments (0)
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC Canada
***Review and Live Photos by Lord of The Wasteland
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Tags: Al Jourgensen, Danzig, Drain STH, FEAR FACTORY, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pitbull Daycare, Prong, Revolting Cocks, Rigor Mortis, Slipknot
Posted in 2006 | Comments (0)