Prong pays a visit to the Borderland.

Prong pays a visit to the Borderland.

El Paso fans were lined up outside the Rockhouse Dive Bar Kitchen Venue and ready for an evening of Groove/Trash Metal with Prong, a date that has been surely circled for weeks, with a red marker, no doubt.  Personally, in my tenure as a music photographer, this would be my first time seeing this iconic band, a band that has been around since 86, straight outa the Hard-Core scene from New York City. Tommy Victor is the only original member, lineup changes over the past 35 years have been on the regular to say the least, but tonight we have Jason Christopher on Bass, he’s been on and off since 2012 and Tyler Bogliole doing the honors on percussion, he joined last year.

They’ve released 13 albums in those 35 years and have been touring consistently since the 2023 release of State of Emergency, no worries, touring is what they do, since Caved in Stone was released in 2012, it’s been the norm. album release and tour in support, Tommy hasn’t taken his foot off the gas in 12 years, that’s dedication.

Local support was Ojo Malo and Heinous Mutation, two of the more popular metal bands here in El Paso, truth be told, they were the perfect fit for this evening’s card.

Tommy and company hit the stage at 10:30 and this West Texas crowd was lying in wait, ready to go and go they did, the band opened with The Descent and Tommy never took his foot off their necks, it was nonstop, in your face thrash metal at its finest. Tommy cut thru this 17-song set list like a hot knife thru butter and he looked as if he was having the time of his life, a smile one couldn’t slap off, a true entertainer and showman. To top off the night as an encore, if you will, they did Rush’s Working Man, how cool is that?  An early spring night of vintage metal in a West Texas desert, not too shabby, one could say.

Set List-

The Descent

Seeing Red

Irrelevant Thoughts

For Dear Life

Beg to Differ




Broken Peace

Breaking Point

Revenge…Best Served Cold

Whose Fist is this Anyway?

Another Worldly Device

Dark Signs

Snap your Fingers, Snap your Neck

Third from the Sun

Working Man

Photography and Story by Tim Schumann

Tim Schumann