Prophets of Rage protest with ‘The Party’s Over’


Matthew Manfredi

Confronting the circus of the 2016 election with “Marshall Stacks Blazing,” the Prophets of Rage use their most recent EP, “The Party’s Over,” as a form of modern musical protest.

Deemed “the elite task force of revolutionary musicians” by Rage Against the Machine guitarist and founding member Tom Morelo, the Prophets of Rage consists of fellow RATM members Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B Real.

Morelo claims the group of rock ‘n’ rap activists are aiming to “confront this mountain of election year bullshit.” The first of the five songs on the EP hit hard with the “Prophets of Rage,” a resurrection of the Public Enemy song accrediting the band’s name from the album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” released in 1988.

A snare drum buildup backed by eerie police sirens leads to a hard-hitting, classic RATM guitar riff produced by Morelo. This is followed by B. Real and Chuck D’s relentless flow into the microphone saying, “When choice became the people’s voice/shout loud/put your hands up in the crowd/raise your fist up.”

The title track is the only original song found on the EP and starts with another no- nonsense, catchy guitar riff, somehow initiating the convergence of head bangers and rap fans at the same time.

While the remaining three tracks are live, including the RATM original “Killing in the Name Of,” Public Enemy’s “Shut Em Down,” and Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” titled “No Sleep Till Cleveland;” a sense of enterprise between performers and the audience– which is conveyed throughout the record– is provided.

Nostalgia has a tendency to become overwhelming when listening to “The Party’s Over.” It may even have you shuffling through your music library in search of RATM’s “Battle Of Los Angeles or “Evil Empire.”


Though lacking the overthrowing force of RATM frontman Zack de la Rocha and his aggressive vocal dynamics, the Prophets of Rage still run along the same protest lines that RATM initiated in the early ‘90s, rectifying them in 2016.

For that, “The Party’s Over” deserves 4/5 stars.

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