It seems like Prong are always touring. This year the band have been on a roll, touring consistently and releasing an album every year. When Prong come round, it’s always an event and tonight was no different.
Opening the night were Hark, one of the greatest exports from these isles in recent years. Confidently playing material from their new album Machinations as well as a few oldies for good measure (except the greatly missed ‘Palendromeda’), they’re a band who are on the rise and are clearly going to go far. Hark are simply four self-assured, talented musicians who believe in their own material and can win over a criminally small crowd.
Despite a bigger crowd, Spoil Engine were simply a let down. Despite being proficient musicians, their metalcore meets groove metal was generic and often uninspired. Singer Iris Goessens’ constant requests for a mosh pit grew tiresome to which one attendee remarked “I’ll start a mosh pit to shut her up”. I feel there’s something special beneath this, but the band need to return back to the drawing board before they can make their mark.
Prong themselves proved why they were masters in their field. A constant barrage of hits, new songs and rarities, Tommy Victor and his band of merry men never let down. Playing songs from across their discography, there was never a dull moment. I forgot how catchy Prong’s material was, the whole venue ended up singing to ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck,’ ‘Big to Differ,’ ‘Revenge… Best Served Cold,’ and ‘For Death Life. But that wasn’t all as Tommy was dragged on stage to play more and it was glorious, a display of excellent musicianship and enduring talent. It’s also clear that the band still get a kick out of playing, Victor was all smiles, madly grinning while playing on stage. I hope there’s another 10 years left in Prong as I believe they could have another shot at the big time.