New Music Friday: Prophets Of Rage

Revolutionary musicians, Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord’s highly anticipated, self-titled debut album, released on September 15th by Fantasy Records, scored top chart entries in multiple countries across the globe in its first week. The album sold more than 21,000 in the U.S., entering Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart at #16. Additionally, the album debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Sales chart (physical sales + downloads) and #2 on Billboard’s Rock chart. The record also entered the CIMS (Coalition of Independent Music Stores) sales chart at #1. The set’s strong international chart showings include a #6 debut in the U.K., #8 in France, #14 in Germany, #4 in New Zealand and #11 in Australia.

Last week, the group also dropped the scathing visual for the track, Hail To The Chief. The incendiary imagery depicts Pence as Trump’s puppet master as The White House morphs into Trump Tower and Chuck D raps, “All hail to the chief who came in the name of a thief to cease peace.” After just one day, YouTube flagged the video as age-restricted for its disruptive content, forcing viewers to log in to their account and confirm their age.

In response, Prophets Of Rage released the following statement: “We consider censorship in any form to be an egregious violation of our right to free speech. We were shocked to see that YouTube has placed an age restriction on viewing our Hail To The Chief video, something no other media outlet has done. We question this decision by YouTube and demand free and unrestricted access to the video immediately.” 

Formed amid 2016’s tumultuous election, Prophets of Rage have toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and coalesced into an explosive unit capable of playing with equal parts precision, passion and muscle. The new album, produced by longtime Rage collaborator, Brendan O’Brien, (with bold cover art created for the band by renowned street artist, Shepard Fairey) fuses the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of their previous work into an inventive, compelling and timely new musical statement.  Michael Moore, who directed the blistering, politically charged video for the track Unfuck The World declared, Prophets Of Rage is the right band, saying the right shit, at this very critical moment.”

“When we put this band together a year ago, I don’t think any of us knew what to expect or how it would be received by the people,” stated B-Real. “From that time to now it’s been amazing to see the growth of this new amazing band and to see the effect it has had on the fans we’ve played for. I feel blessed to be a part of it. Our chemistry is undeniable when we are on stage, and to finally bring forth a new album with that same powerful chemistry is exciting and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as The Clash, KRS-One, and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: Public Enemy’s frenzied, racing textures, Rage’s jaw-melting riffs, and Cypress Hill’s manically playful party energy.