Prophets Of Rage

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Prophets Of Rage

CARO­LINE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL.

CD/DL/LP

Rap-rock pioneers com­bine; rev­o­lu­tion is the aim.

A group com­prised of Rage Against The Ma­chine, Chuck D and Cy­press Hill’s B-Real on vo­cals (and Pub­lic En­emy’s DJ Lord too) comes with cer­tain sonic ex­pec­ta­tions and Prophets Of Rage’s slam­ming hard-funk doesn’t un­der-de­liver. Col­lec­tively in­flu­enc­ing a gen­er­a­tion has its down­side, and though this de­but might lack any real mo­ments of sur­prise, gui­tarist Tom Morello still man­ages to squeeze un­holy sounds out of his in­stru­ment while Chuck D’s apoplec­tic an­chor­man bari­tone re­minds us of his lyri­cal power and unique tim­bre. That Amer­ica’s an­gri­est protest band have a com­bined age push­ing 300 is really not their prob­lem, and though Liv­ing On The 110 and the daft pro-weed Le­gal­ize Me mine deep melodic seams, the sheer mu­si­cal drama of Un­fuck The World is Prophets Of Rage’s best weapon – that force­ful rhythm sec­tion can still sum­mon the smell of burn­ing flags and tear gas.

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