New Music Friday: Prophets Of Rage

The highly anticipated self-titled debut album from revolutionary musicians, Prophets Of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord) is out today via Fantasy Records.

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.

Prophets Of Rage just completed a short run of intimate club shows in a number of historic rooms including the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, the Apollo Theater in New York City and the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.  The band is gearing up for headlining turns at Riot Fest in Chicago, Louder Than Life in Louisville, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans and Ozzfest in San Bernardino, CA.  All dates listed below.