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Prong: Carved Into Stone

Grime metal from the gutters of Noo Yoik.

Half a decade on from Power Of The Damager, and with thrash in the ascendant, it seems the perfect time for Prong to deliver their 8th studio album, Carved Into Stone.

Mainman Tommy Victor’s approach has changed little over time and this is a brutal, dirty, caustic collection with the accent on face-melting velocity – though often leavened with a knowing touch of melody and more than a few barbed hooks.

Bruising opener Eternal Heat gives a good indication of the delights within and there’s really very little let up in the bug-eyed, vein-bulging fury, most notably the venomous Ammunition and the awesomely swift List Of Grievances.

Slowing things down a tad, the title track is a monumental sludge-athon, while the addictively groovy Revenge…Best Served Cold combines precision sonic violence with an instantly memorable chorus – a not so distant cousin of the classic Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck.

An aural battering never sounded so good.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.