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.
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.