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As a long time fan of Prong, ever since their formation in the late ’80s, it was with great anticipation that I sat down to delve into their newest effort, Ruining Lives. I loved the 2012 release, Carved In Stone, and I had assumed it would be hard to follow up on it… man was I wrong. Bottom line, the masters of groove-infused industrial metal have created what I think is easily one of their best records to date.

I was really looking forward to seeing this show as it sounded like an absolutely killer line-up. I had never heard of Stolen Babies prior to this show, but all of the rest of the bands are fantastic, so I was excited to head to downtown Vancouver to see what was one of the best line-ups I have ever had the opportunity of seeing live (Stolen Babies, Paradise Lost, and co-headliners Katatonia and Devin Townsend).

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to see metal band Prong on a few different occasions and I’ve always enjoyed them immensely. It had been a while since I saw them last though, and as such it was on this night that I set out to catch them in action once again. As expected, I was not disappointed at all. From the first note of the opening song, “For Dear Life”, font man Tommy Victor and the rest of the trio owned the stage, treating the nearly sold out crowd to a high energy show that had them singing along and pumping their fists in the air.