Prong - Zero Days album review

New York heroes expand their grimy legacy

Cover art for Prong - Zero Days album

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While some of the 80s thrash elite are slowing things down, leave it to Prong to buck all trends and keep the metal moving as fast as possible. With new recruit Art Cruz putting in a hell of a shift, pounding his drum kit into dust, the groove-laden riffs send your natural headbanging senses into overdrive.

The speedfreak crossover and aggro lyrics have long been the home of Tommy Victor, but the production on Zero Days makes it sound as fresh as the bands he’s inspired. Sure, it’s never going to be as life-affirming as The Cleansing, but there’s still that trademark New York filth lining the edges, surrounding the more radio-friendly tracks that lack the dirt we all crave.

But when Prong swing, they go for a knockout, and for every polished palate cleanser, there’s a savage hook waiting to punch your skin off.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.