But unlike those groups, Prong has gone largely unheralded. Though the band established itself among metal's second tier beginning with its superb third album, 1990's Beg to Differ, fame always eluded it. The group called it a day in 1997, shortly after its label refused to provide tour support on the eve of the first Ozzfest.
Now, frontman Tommy Victor -- the lone constant in Prong's ever-evolving lineup -- has re-formed the band with Madonna touring guitarist Monte Pittman, bassist Brian Perry (ex-Jake E. Lee, Lizzy Borden, and Dirty Looks), and drummer Dan Laudo. The group is on the road recording a live album, with a new studio effort expected early next year. Miss Prong this time around, and you'll get a taste of the misfortune that has defined the career of this overlooked wrecking ball.