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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.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  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

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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.

 

 

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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. 

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POWERFLO - with Cyprsess Hill, Biohazard,... members, announces debut

Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, Cypress Hill, downset, Biohazard, Crossover, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Rap, News, Video, Fear Factory, Worst

POWERFLO - with Cyprsess Hill, Biohazard,... members, announces debut

It looks like the old “Judgement Night” days are coming back, or at least a metal/rap crossover. Prophets Of Rage are touring right now through Europe, playing some big festivals after having had a very successful North America tour earlier.

Now it’s another player that enter the scene – Powerflo. This quintet are Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Rogelio Lozano (downset), Billy Garziadei (Biohazard). Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory and last but not least Fernando Schaeffer (Worst). These five guys put the last dot on the ‘I’ when it comes to their debut album “Powerfol” which will be released on June 23rd, 2017 via Dine Alone Records.

Here comes a first teaser which sounds excellent. Enjoy and stay tuned for more.

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CD review BODY COUNT "Bloodlust"

Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2017 von Markus W. in Body Count, Ice-T, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Crossover, Heavy Metal, Rap, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Punk, CD Review, Century Media, News

(9/10) It' was 25 years ago to date when an album was released (on March 31st, 1992) that had a strong impact in metal. In the days of grunge becoming more and more popular it was Body Count who released their debut; an album that came with an intensity that was mind-blowing. And not just that it was good record, it also contained lyrics that where confronting and controversial. A song everybody was talking about is "Cop Killer", addressing the case of Rodney King. After such a powerful and controversial beginning it was in 1994 when the band released the highly anticipated "Born Dead" which picked things up where the debut ended.

In the meantime we reached 2017 and Body Count is back with their fifth longplayer. "Bloodlust", that's what it's called, comes with eleven songs, each of them a real smasher. I'm not really sure what triggered this unleashed power of Ice-T and his band, it might be the current political situation, but what the guys decided to put on the album belongs to the best I've heard from Body Count.

Anger, rage and power forges ahead in songs like "Civil War", including a guitar solo from Dave Mustaine, followed by the not less energetic "The Ski Mask Way".

Next to all the new songs "Bloodlust" also comes with a cover version. As an intro to the tune Ice-T describes what Body Count is about and why the guys choose this song as being the cover version on the record. The song we're talking about is Slayer's "Raining Blood/Postmortem". This version can easily compete with the original, something I never thought that I would ever say.  Slayer belongs to one of Ice-T's favorite metal bands, leading to a cooperation for a contribution to the OST of "Judgement Night". "Disorder", the song that was recorded that time, is a brutal metal track and so is the cover on this new longplayer.

Talking about cover version; other than expected "Walk With Me" isn't a Lamb Of God cover even though it's Randy Blythe contributing with some shouts. “Bloodlust” is an album that comes without any filler. “No Lives Matter’, the title track or the closer “Black Hoodie” are brilliant grooving metal songs that belong to the best ones Body Count ever released. This album is a sonic riot, build on a mighty groove and brutal thrash riffs.

"Bloodlust" became a record that I was hoping for but didn't expect. Each second of these 41 minutes running time is charged with mighty riffs, angry vocals and lyrics that are very relevant in today's situation. The debut might brought the most attention but it's this longplayer that shows what Body Count is able to achieve in the fields of metal. You should not miss this album.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Civil War (feat. Dave Mustaine)
  2. The Ski Mask Way
  3. This Is Why We Ride
  4. All Love Is Lost (feat. Max Cavalera)
  5. Raining Blood/Postmortem (Slayer cover)
  6. God, Please Believe Me
  7. Walk With Me… (feat. Randy Blythe)
  8. Here I Go Again
  9. No Lives Matter
  10. Bloodlust
  11. Black Hoodie

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: March 31st, 2017

CD review BODY COUNT "Bloodlust"
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