Prophets Of Rage – The Party’s Over (EP)

Here’s another disc I picked up recently…

The New Hotness Series, Part 2: Prophets Of Rage – The Party’s Over (EP)

Prophets of Rage combines members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real, and DJ Lord).

Why are they here, now? Take a wild guess: “Morello declared to Rolling Stone: “We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.”” Well then, right on!

The first track (and single) Prophets Of Rage is a decent mix of all the elements you’d expect, given the players. It’s a remake of the Public Enemy song off It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

The real meat comes on the slinky metal blues of the next track, The Party’s Over. Now that’s what I’m talking about! I love everything about this track, hot damn. It’s also the only track of wholly new material here.

Next is a live cover of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name. Of course it owns, and of course it fits with the ethos here. It’s live, so people are going to want to hear this stuff, with these players involved. It’s fun when the words get changed to “Some of those that hold office, are the same that burn crosses,” and “Some of them up in Congress are the same that burn crosses.” Hooboy.

Shut ‘Em Down is another live track, also a cover of Public Enemy. It kicks off with some really cool Morello guitar pyrotechnics, then a driving beat that lifts like crazy. More huge Morello soloing, and the whole thing pile drives you in a very pleasing way.

No Sleep ’Til Cleveland, is a fun live Beasties cover of No Sleep Til Brooklyn, but with Fight The Power lyrics thrown in. Recorded during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this year, it’s also perfectly timely. It’s heavy, it’s powerful, right on. They say “No sleep til Brooklyn” for most of the song, then throw in Cleveland at the end, presumably to remind everyone at that show of where they were…

And that’s it. Except that, of course, to make it even better, the album artwork is by Shepard Fairey.

In Sum: 

A decent EP. I like the thinking behind it, I like the energy, and it’s necessary that this gets done now. It’s also reasonable-priced at $6.99, better than the Ghost EP at $9.99 for the same number of songs, and not nearly the same intent – here we have political awakening, Ghost gives us metal-ish covers of 80s tunes! Ha.

19 thoughts on “Prophets Of Rage – The Party’s Over (EP)

  1. SpeedySailor says:

    With this one, I love the premise and the thing clearly has loads of potential, but for a poor sucka like me I’d rather not spend £7 on an EP. Hopefully their new album is gonna rock it!


  2. mikeladano says:

    I really liked the live stuff I’ve been hearing. I’m a little tired of supergroups, but I’ll get around to this eventually. Not like it’s going to disappear on me right? So yeah…not a priority release but one I will pick up. Preferably at that $6.99 price tag.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      I really liked it, but J. made a good point too, that it does sound like what we’ve heard before. Still, turn it up loud enough and rock out and it hardly matters at all! 🙂 It is definitely a timely release from some minds who have definitely got this one.


  3. J. says:

    I dunno. I’m not completely sold on this. I wasn’t expecting much more than RATM with Chuck D, but I was intrigued. I get it. It’s timely, it sounds good, but it just makes me want to listen to RATM and Public Enemy. I guess I’m maybe over it already.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha well that was quickly over! 😉 I get it, man, it is a retread, given the players involved. And it made me go back and listen to the originals too. Is it an authentic new protest machine? Nope – and I believe they know it. But it is timely that they’re back, adding their voices to the cacophony of crazy that is the USA at the moment, so I can roll with it!

      Perhaps the album, with more new material on it, might be more pleasing. I really dug the one new song here, The Party’s Over. Heck yes.


      1. J. says:

        Perhaps I might be swayed by more original stuff, but I thought it was just okay (the new track). I’ll not rule out being won over, but they’d need to work harder than that!


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