It’s been four years since heavy metal stalwarts PRONG released their acclaimed “Age Of Defiance” EP, and this fall, they make their eagerly anticipated return with the arrival of their thirteenth studio album, “State Of Emergency”, due out October 6, 2023 via Steamhammer/SPV.
“State Of Emergency” is a furious tableau of East Coast aggression, enveloped in that classic PRONG sound that never goes out of style. The album’s first official single, ‘Non-Existence’, is a perfect picture of its overall sound.
About the track, Victor comments: “‘Non-Existence’, with its techno-style noise guitar that’s omnipresent on this album, is a bit like my retrospective glance at “Rude Awakening”.”
Victor outlines the stylistic direction of the eleven songs that make up “State Of Emergency”: “It’s a very PRONG record. I think it’s totally genre-transcending and definitely ignores what’s going on out there these days.”
The album closes with a cover of “Working Man”, originally written and recorded by the legendary RUSH.
“RUSH was the first power trio I ever saw live and I was blown away by them,” Tommy says. “‘Working Man’ is so simple and it’s so heavy. I also love the lyric. I thought it would be great tuned down a bit and slowed down, and I think we nailed it.”
“State Of Emergency” track listing:
01. The Descent
02. State Of Emergency
03. Breaking Point
05. Light Turns Black
06. Who Told Me
10. Back (NYC)
11. Working Man (RUSH Cover)