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Victor on the tour bus with Ministry in Toronto, in May, 2008.
September 19, 1966 |
New York City, New York
|Genres||Industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal, thrash metal, hard rock, electro music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
|Labels||Epic, 13th Planet|
|Associated acts||Prong, Danzig, Ministry, Tapeworm, Argyle Park, Teenage Time Killers|
Tommy Victor (born September 19, 1966) is the lead singer and guitarist for the heavy metal band Prong that he founded in New York in 1986. In the late 1980s Victor worked as a sound engineer at the trendy venue, CBGB in New York City. After the release of Rude Awakening in 1996, Prong disbanded and Victor moved to Los Angeles but continued to release new Prong records. He took a break from Prong during which Victor worked alongside rock musicians including Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor and Glenn Danzig. Since 2012's "Carved Into Stone", Prong have been very active again, releasing albums and touring relentlessly. 2013 saw the band release their "Official Bootleg -- Unleashed In The West"-album which featured re-recordings of 17 classic Prong tracks. The next studio album "Ruining Lives" was released in 2014 and 2015 sees the band release their first ever covers album entitled "Songs From The Black Hole". Victor is also currently working with Glenn Danzig on his upcoming Danzig album. He is also part of the hard rock, heavy metal, hardcore punk and punk rock supergroup Teenage Time Killers.
Victor has toured and recorded with Ministry, and Danzig. He has also provided guest vocals for the Soulfly album Omen. He contributed to the Argyle Park album Misguided, and wrote the main riff for the song "Doomsayer," which he later used on the Prong song "Controller." He has a daughter named Victoria.
Tommy Victor has been endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research ever since reuniting with Prong, using both an S-1 and C-1 in early live performances. He would later on start using their Devil guitar, which would be the basis for his second signature model. In 2013, his first signature model would be released, based on the newly introduced Banshee series, but with a mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard, EMG pickups, and custom inlays. In 2015, his second signature model was introduced, based on the Devil series guitar and with similar specifications to his first signature model, but with black nickel hardware, and a single 12th-fret Prong inlay.
Before using Schecter, Tommy relied on several guitars, most famously a Charvel Surfcaster. Other guitars he used around that era were a Charvel LSX, Charvel Predator, and Gibson SG Custom. Around the release of Rude Awakening, and before Prong's breakup, he was endorsed by Fernandes Guitars, using both a Vertigo and Deuce WS model.
- Revolver Magazine (June 25, 2012). "Interview: Prong Frontman Tommy Victor on New Album, Carved into Stone, "electro metal," and Knotfest". NewBay Media. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Circle of Dust interview". HM Magazine. 2003. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- "Misguided - Argyle Park". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
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