Prong is an American heavy metal band formed in 1986. Founded by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor who was a sound man for the famous club CBGB and bassist Mike Kirkland (doorman at CBGB's).
Prong had two independent releases, Primitive Origins and Force Fed. The albums attracted the attention of Epic Records, who signed them in 1989. Prong's major label debut album, Beg to Differ, was released in 1990. The group disbanded in 1997 after the Rude Awakening tour, but re-formed in 2002. A pioneer of the urban metal scene, Prong is fronted by Tommy Victor. Members of bands such as Korn's Jonathan Davis, Demon Hunter's Ryan Clark, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor cite Prong as an influence to their musical style.
By 1994, Prong released Cleansing (Prong's 5th major release). With a strong industrial sound that still managed to be hard and heavy, Cleansing contained songs that are still considered Prong classics ("Broken Peace" and "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck") and is Prong's most successful release to date. The videos for these two songs became staples of MTV's legendary Headbangers Ball. Prong's sixth album Rude Awakening was released in 1996. It entered the charts at #74 and sold 10,000 units in America in one week. Shortly thereafter, Prong's line-up disbanded prior to a tour supporting Type O Negative, as Victor later joined Danzig as Glenn's guitar player, Raven and Parsons left to join Godflesh. The band is currently supporting Fear Factory on their tour.