Published May 18, 2016Rap-rock politicos Rage Against the Machine are teasing us in the name of something, but it's as yet unclear what that is. The band have, however, put up a new website that features a mysterious countdown clock.
The website, prophetsofrage.com, went up last night (May 17), with the clock set to expire on June 1. As of press time, the server is down, but people that had coughed up their email address through the site have since received a message that read "Clear the way for the prophets of rage."
UPDATE (5/18, 11 p.m.): Well, that countdown clock may have a ways to go still, but according to Billboard, it's all leading down to the announcement of a new supergroup. Apparently, it will be called Prophets of Rage and consist of Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, as well as Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real. They're reportedly set to debut at the Hollywood Palladium on June 3, when they will perform songs by all three groups. Unfortunately, RATM leader Zack de la Rocha is not involved.
Interestingly, this isn't a Zack de la Rocha-spat lyric from the group's past, but a line from a lyric from Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back number, "Prophets of Rage."
While it's as yet uncertain if Rage Against the Machine's plans have anything to do with the '80s hip-hop pioneers, the latter's Chuck D went onto Twitter last night to post a video of Rage playing "Bulls on Parade."
Rage have also been promoting the announcement with the hashtag #takethepowerback, referencing the band's song of the same name from their 1992 self-titled debut. They've also added that "the party's over" in 2016. As you can see below, Instagram users in the Los Angeles area have been seeing teaser posters around the city.
The members of Rage Against the Machine have not performed together onstage since 2011. Last year, the band's 2010 reunion performance at Finsbury Park was given a special DVD release. In 2012, they issued a 20th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut.
The band's sophomore collection, Evil Empire, was released 20 years ago last month.