I had the opportunity to check out Metal legends Prong October 4th at Center Stage Bar & Grill in Kokomo, Indiana, a small up-close and personal venue. The show consisted of five opening acts that ran the metal genre gamut from industrial to thrash.
Hell Came Home, a power groove metal band out of Muncie, Indiana opened the show with a lot of energy and brought a large fan following with them. Up next was Blind Devotion, another Midwest band formed in 2009. This dual guitar band kept the crowd moving. They are slated to release their debut album this year.
Xiting The System from Indianapolis, Indiana veered the show off onto an unexpected detour with their body of work in Industrial Metal. Great stage presence and theatrics are definitely this band’s forte. Steering back onto the Thrash Metal path came with the Invasion of the Living Dead. Skull mask and tattered zombie clothes-wearing Creep skillfully rocked the crowd straight from the graveyard.
The last opening act was Lucifist from Lafayette, Indiana. A high energy Speed/Thrash Metal band that couldn’t have been a more perfect segue into the headlining act, Prong.
Prong was formed in New York in 1986 by front man and lead guitarist Tommy Victor. This three-piece, post-thrash/industrial metal band has gone through several lineup changes throughout the years but always with Tommy at the helm. The current lineup of Art Cruz (drums) and Jason Christopher (bass) is as powerful and tight as any I’ve seen. Prong concluded the show with a powerful double encore that not disappointingly included their most well-known song, “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”.
Despite a less than stellar turnout all involved put forth 100% effort and a good time was had by all.
Written by Midwest Contributor- Ron Halsema
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