After one year following the formation of supergroup superstars Prophets of Rage, the band has finally graced their presence with their self-titled debut album. There has been quite a bit of hype and anticipation for this album with Prophets of Rage making news headlines a number of times. With a line of songs and shows under their belt, it was only a matter of time before an album would be tied to their newly formed legacy.
“We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. It’s time to take the power back. It’s time to RAGE again,” said the band in a statement they made after forming in 2016.
If you like Cypress Hill and Rage Against The Machine, and haven’t heard any of the new songs that Prophets of Rage have released, then you’ll be in a good spot once you do. The album is filled with a valid blend and mix that pulls your strings back and forth between camps. Guitarist Tom Morello has really opened the envelope with the music he’s written, providing some new forms of music that you wouldn’t expect from him. For example, one of the albums tracks entitled “Take Me Higher,” may in fact raise a few eyebrows with what sounds to be a very Spanish flamenco style sound.
From that, to funky grooves, to hard pressed breakdowns like in “Who Owns Who,” before Chuck D and B-Real put their spin on things.
“Music has both the ability to reflect and transform the times,” said Morello in a statement prior to the albums release. And transform the times it does, as Prophets of Rage have provided a known sense of fusion that many can relate to, bringing the best of multiple worlds in which a happy medium is set.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/