“Radical Eyes”, a new song from PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL, can be streamed below. The track is taken from PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 15 via Fantasy Records. The disc was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien who has done notable work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE.
“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes. Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity,” says Chuck D. about the song. “‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”
PROPHETS OF RAGE came together during 2016’s tumultuous election to combat the coming storm, wherever it may lead. Following last summer’s inaugural tour, the group knew it could evolve from protest performance art with a tactical mission, to a stand-alone entity with creative ideas all its own. Holed up with longtime RAGE collaborator, producer Brendan O’Brien, the band fused the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of their previous work, into an inventive and compelling new musical statement, completing the album’s twelve tracks in just over a month of recording.
At its core, PROPHETS OF RAGE functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as THE CLASH, KRS-One and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: PUBLIC ENEMY‘s frenzied, racing textures, RAGE‘s jaw-melting riffs, CYPRESS HILL‘s manically playful party energy.
“The music is the passport to the world,” Chuck D. says, describing the unique bond the group shares. “It’s not always a given to have members who want to go where few have gone.”
“Prophets Of Rage” track listing:
01. Radical Eyes
02. Unfuck The World
03. Legalize Me
04. Living On The 110
05. The Counteroffensive
06. Hail To The Chief
07. Take Me Higher
08. Strength In Numbers
09. Fired A Shot
10. Who Owns Who
11. Hands Up
Morello told Billboard that the members of PROPHETS OF RAGE have set a very high bar for the material that they want to release. “The goal is a simple one: The music has to be devastating,” he explained. “In all these interviews, we talk a lot about the politics, but the cornerstone is that the music has to be devastating and we have to not just be competitive with our legacies, but in , it has to be something that goes beyond that and is very authentic, unapologetic and contemporary.”
PROPHETS OF RAGE made their live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles.