• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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CARVED INTO STONE

Tommy Victor once told me that Prong was “the cockroach of Rock N’ Roll”. As he put it, there wasn’t really anything that could truly cause Prong to go away. Not poor sales. Not changes in the industry. Not even changes in the band itself. He has proven that statement right for years now. While Prong is more of a part time thing for Victor at this point with other obligations to everyone from Glenn Danzig to Ministry, it’s still always a good thing when Prong reconvenes for a new album.

 

CARVED INTO STONE is, really, the most straightforward effort of the band’s career. It’s still moody, and the songs are stereotypically Prong, but the normal twists and turns are not showing like in the past. This material would never be mistaken for albums like WHOSE FIST IS IT ANYWAY or RUDE AWAKENING. That said though, if you like straight up metal with a dark undertone, CARVED INTO STONE will more than satisfy you. Songs like “Revenge Served Cold” are the closest thing on the new release to sounding like the classic era stuff. Specifically on the riff to that song, it’s clear that it was written and recorded by Victor as it possesses the exact signatures that have defined Prong (for me, that’s the transitions between riffs in the guitar lines). As the leader of Prong, Victor sounds about as solid as he ever had. His voice is still strong, and his guitar playing has a pretty recognizable sound. He plays well throughout as do bassist Tony Campos (Static-X, Soulfly) and Alexei Rodriguez (3 Inches Of Blood).

The thing about CARVED INTO STONE though is that the music is fairly unidimensional. That’s not to say that Prong has ever been an uber-creative, artsy type of band, but there were always some elements that stretched things away from the standard sound other bands were doing. CARVED INTO STONE doesn’t possess that. The odd rhythms and any thought of electronics are not present here. It’s almost like Victor and company made a purposeful decision to do a stripped down, no frills version of Prong for CARVED INTO STONE. It’s solid enough, but a bit dulled down by comparison to the rest of the catalog.

PITRIFF RATING - 76/100 - Like it...don’t love it. CARVED INTO STONE is a solid effort, although there’s not a whole lot of anything that separates it from the past catalog. It is what it is - a decent effort from the cockroaches of Rock N’ Roll.

Chris Akin

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