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CD review PROPHETS OF RAGE "Prophets Of Rage"

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, Crossover, News, Rap, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock

CD review PROPHETS OF RAGE "Prophets Of Rage"

(8/10) Prophets Of Rage belongs to the group of bands that was already talk of the town even before they released songs on an EP or album. Basically it was the announcement of a collaboration of Rage Against The Machine members and rappers from Public Enemy and Cypress Hill which created some excitement and curiosity. Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, DJ Lord, Chuck D. and B-Real played their first show in January last year, followed by a North America tour during summer. Prophets Of Rage acted as a counterpart to the election campaign in the US, being a strong voice for social problems, freedom, anti-corruption and justice.

In parallel the band released a first EP entitled “The Party’s Over” which featured five songs, incl. a terrific version of the Beastie Boys classic “No Sleep till Brooklyn” which was renamed into “No Sleep Till Cleveland”.

A year later Prophets Of Rage publishes the debut album, featuring twelve new songs. The self-titled debut is a bit of a curveball. On the one hand there is no doubt about capabilities and passion of the involved musicians and also the tracks that are on “Prophets Of Rage” stand for a powerful crossover sound that brings together the best of RATM, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But what’s the strength of Prophets Of Rage has also a flipside. “Prophets of Rage”, with all the good songs, feels partly like an album that contains slightly adjusted songs from the involved motherships. Listening to this longplayer whet my appetite for listening to the originals. If this is good or bad, I don’t know. It just happened.

Things kick-off with “Counter Offensive” which is a short intro, followed “Fired a Shot”. This song has a focus on rap while the next song, “Hail to the Chief” brings back the RATM vibe, basically due to Morello’s guitar and a hard working rhythm section. An enormous groove benefits “Legalize Me” before “Living on the 110” addresses the serious topic of homelessness in a typical Prophets Of Rage fashion and with a chorus that reminded me of Faith No More. A well-crafted crossover anthem is “Strength of Numbers” before “Take Me Higher” adds some funk to the totality

“Prophets Of Rage” is a very cool album, no doubt. But looking on the list of involved icons in music led to higher expectation compared with what the album delivers. I guess that seeing Prophets Of Rage live on stage is a more intensive experience, than listening to the songs on the album. This doesn’t mean that the debut is not worth to be listened to. Crossover enthusiasts and fans of the earlier mentioned bands will like this album and it can be a great warm-up experience on the way to a live show of this super group. And besides all the mentioned, the message that this six-piece band has, is more than important these days. These guys are a strong voice for freedom, liberty and social values.





  1. Counter Offensive
  2. Fired a Shot
  3. Hail to the Chief
  4. Hands Up
  5. Legalize Me
  6. Living on the 110
  7. Radical Eyes
  8. Smash It
  9. Strength in Numbers
  10. Take me Higher
  11. Unfuck the World
  12. Who Owns Who


Label: Fantasy Records / Caroline

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017


PROPHETS OF RAGE announces show at 013, Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, 013, Crossover, Tilburg, Alternative Rock, Rap, News, Live, Alternative Metal

Prophets Of Rage comes to Tilburg, Netherlands for a show at the 013.




PROPHETS OF RAGE premiers new video

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, News, Video, Crossover, Rock, Rap, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

Prophets Of Rage have debuted the video for “Living On The 110,” the lead single from their forthcoming, self-titled debut LP which is set for release September 15th, 2017. 



Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Live, Prophets Of Rage, Papa Roach, Fates Warning, Devin Townsend, Five Finger Death Punch, Caligulas Horse, Leprous, Riverside, Triggerfinger, Vuur, Avatar, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal



04.06.2017 (CZ) Plzen, Metalfest
15.06.2017 (AT) Novarock Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.2017 (DE) With Full Force
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06.2017 (ES) Download Festival Madrid



19.06.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Rex
20.06.2017 (CH) Lausanne, Les Docks (with OPETH)
21.06 2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7 Konzertfabrik (with OPETH)
22.06.2017 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
23.06.2017(NL) Nijmegen, Doornroosje (with ANATHEMA)
24.06.2017 (NL) Midsummer Prog Festival 2017
25.06.2017 (UK) Southampton, The Talking Heads
28.06.2017 (UK) London, The Black Heart
30.06.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2017, Barcelona



10.06.2017 (UK) Download Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest Clisson
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Metal Fest
01.07.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona
14.07.2017 (NL) Neushoorn Leeuwarden
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
18.08.2017 (FR) Motocultor Festival, Séné
22.09.2017 (BG) Roman Amphitheater Plovdiv



02.06.2017 (DE) Rock am Ring
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock im Park
08.06.2017 (CH) Greenfield Festival
14.06.2017 (AT) Nova Rock Festival
16.06.2017 (DE) Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim



02.06.2017 (UK) Underworld, London
03.06.2017 (FR) Le Forum, Baureal
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen
05.06.2017 (DE) Bind, Berlin
06.06.2017 (DE) Tivoli, Bremen
08.06.2017 (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
03.08.2017 (NL) Nobel Leiden
04.08.2017 (DE) Wacken Open Air
06.08.2017 (NL) Mezz Breda



01.07.2017 (ES) Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend Festival
16.07.2017 (FI) Joensuu, Ilossarirock 2017
22.07.2017 (SK) Nova Bana, Gothoom Festival 2017
11.08.2017 (RO) Rasnov, Rockstadt Extreme Fest
19.08.2017 (NO) Mo i Rana, Verket
28.10.2017 (DK) Pumpehuset
29.10.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
30.10.2017 (DE) Cologne, Luxor
31.10.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Rockhal
01.11.2017 (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
02.11.2017 (UK) London, The Dome
03.11.2017 (IR) Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
04.11.2017 (UK) Leeds, Damnation Festival
05.11.2017 (BE) Vosselaar, Bebop
06.11.2017 (FR) Paris, Trabende
07.11.2017 (FR)Nantes, La Barakason
08.11.2017 (FR) Bordeaux, Rocher Palmer
11.11.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Metromum
12.11.2017 (FR) Marseille, Le Moulin
13.11.2017 (IT) Milan, Magnolia
14.11.2017 (FR) Lyon, CCO Villeurbanne
15.11.2017 (CH) Winterthur, Salzhaus
16.11.2017 (FR) Colmar, Grillen
17.11.2017 (DE) Munich, Strom
18.11.2017 (AT) Vienna, Szene
19.11.2017 (HU) Budapest, A38
20.11.2017 (CZ) Prague, Rock Café
21.11.2017 (PL) Warsaw, Proxima
22.11.2017 (DE) Berlin, Musik & Frieden



28.06.2017 (UK) London, Koko
01.07.2017 (FR) Paris,Trianon
02.07.2017 (SE) Malmo, Slagthuset
03.07.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
04.07.2017 (IT) Milan, Teatro Della Luna
05.07.2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7
06.07.2017 (NL) Tilburg, O13



15.09.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
16.09.2017 (DE) Berlin, Velodrom UFO
21.09.2017 (DE) München, Zenith
25.09.2017 (DE) Ludwigsburg. MHP Arena
27.09.2017 (DE) Fürth, Stadthalle
28.09.2017 (DE) Offenbach, Stadthalle
03.10.2017 (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle



03.06.2017 (DE) Rock Im Park Festival
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Am Ring Festival
07.06.2017 (DE) Berlin, Zitadelle
15.06.2017 (CH) Neuchatel, Festineuch Festival
16.06.2017 (AT) Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock Festival



28.05.217 (DE) Köln, Die Kantine



18.08.2017 (CH) Gampel Open Air
21.10.2017 (DE) Bonn, Harmonie



09.06.2017 (NL) Leeuwarden, Neushoorn
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Open Air, Helsinki
14.07.2017 (CZ) Masters of Rock Festival, Vizovice
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
09.11.2017 (PL) Klub Studio, Cracow
12.11.2017 (DE) Kesselhaus, Berlin
13.11.2017 (DE) Markthalle, Hamburg
14.11.2017 (DE) Essigfabrik, Cologne
15.11.2017 (FR) La BAM, Metz
17.11.2017 (FR) Stereolux, Nantes
18.11.2017 (FR) Krakatoa, Mérignac
20.11.2017 (ES) La Riviera, Madrid
24.11.2017 (ES) Razzmatazz, Barcelona
25.11.2017 (FR) Le Moulin, Marseille
29.11.2017 (DE) Backstage, Munich
03.12.2017 (FR) L’aeroneu, Lille

CD review WAKRAT "Wakrat"

Veröffentlicht am 11. November 2016 von Markus W. in Wakrat, RATM, Prophets Of Rage, Crossover, Punk, Hardcore, News, CD Review, notmypresident

(7/10) As already reported earlier, Wakrat is the name of a cooperation of one American and two Frenchmen. Tim Commerford is the bassplayer of this trio, known from the iconic Rage Against Machine and the ground winning Prophets Of Rage. The four-stringer teamed up with drummer Mathias Wakrat and Laurant Grangeon on guitar to work on an album that is coming with raging songs that all have a message.

It's not a coincidence that the digital version of this longplayer was released on November 9 - election day in the US. The three guys speak up, addressing topics such as a corrupt system going hand in hand with social unjustice. Wakrat has something to say and these guys just shout it out into the world.

The music on this album has a similar energetic and anarchic expression as known from Rage Against The Machine. Wakrat merges it with a more aggressive punk attitude and a hardcore vibe, all captured in nine songs.

Things start spot-on with "Sober Addiction" followed by the hard hitting "The Number" and song titles like "Generation Fucked" don't need much more of an explanation. A smasher you should listen to is "The Thing" with its power and groove, reminding of the earlier Helmet.

"Wakrat" is a debut album that comes with a message, one that is even more needed since a few days. This album is wild, raging and angry. The youth needs to speak up and this longplayer provides the soundtrack for it.





  1. Sober Addiction
  2. The Number
  3. Generation Fucked
  4. Nail in the Snail
  5. La Liberté Ou La Mort
  6. The Thing
  7. Knucklehead
  8. New Car
  9. Pigs in a Blanket


Label: Earache

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: November 11, 2016

CD review WAKRAT "Wakrat"