It’s easy to

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - LUKE MOR­TON

be cyn­i­cal about Prophets Of Rage, but when the great­est rhythm sec­tion in metal is fronted by two of hip hop’s big­gest names, how can you ar­gue against the idea? Their re­cent Euro­pean trek proved that Chuck D and B-Real are more than up to the task of blast­ing out Tes­tify and Guer­rilla Radio, but can th­ese six men cre­ate some­thing new and wor­thy of their lega­cies? Damn right they can. The bit­ing ur­gency of Tom Morello and co still forms the funked-up spine, but Prophets Of Rage’s ap­proach has be­come more re­laxed, ac­com­mo­dat­ing the flow of B and Chuck. That said, Un­fuck The World has all the mak­ings of a new gen­er­a­tion’s Killing In The Name, point­ing crosshairs at racists and those who aim to di­vide. The record swag­gers and bounces around like it owns the place, strad­dling the line be­tween grit and bom­bast, as it tack­les the sub­jects of home­less­ness, sur­veil­lance and sol­i­dar­ity. It’s sur­pris­ing to hear B-Real lead pro­ceed­ings through­out when you con­sider Chuck’s stature, but the play-off be­tween the two is a mas­ter­class in us­ing lyrics as a weapon. From Liv­ing On The 110 evok­ing al­most Fun Lovin’ Crim­i­nals vibes to the rol­lick­ing Who Owns Who, it all has that sig­na­ture Rage stomp and oomph, with planet-sized basslines and vo­cal hooks that could pull Moby Dick straight out the ocean. Not all of it sits up there along­side Bulls On Pa­rade or Bomb­track, but it’s not try­ing to.

This is a new en­tity, a new chap­ter, ready to take the power back.

FOR FANS OF: Rage Against The Ma­chine, Body Count, Public En­emy

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