PROPHETS OF RAGE Score Top 5 Debut On BILLBOARD's 'Top Rock Albums' Chart
September 9, 2016
According to Billboard, "The Party's Over", the debut EP from PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY's Chuck D and CYPRESS HILL's B-Real, landed on position No. 5 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with first-week sales of 7,000. The effort also entered the Hard Rock Albums chart at No. 2 and Alternative Albums chart at No. 4.
"The Party's Over" was released on August 26. The five-song effort includes the previously released, eponymous single "Prophets Of Rage" — re-imagination of the PUBLIC ENEMY track of the same name — as well as live versions of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Killing In The Name" and PUBLIC ENEMY's "Shut 'Em Down", a Republican National Convention-inspired interpretation of BEASTIE BOYS' "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn" called "No Sleep 'Till Cleveland", and the new original "The Party's Over".
"The Party's Over" track listing:
01. Prophets Of Rage 02. The Party's Over 03. Killing In The Name (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE cover) (live) 04. Shut 'Em Down (PUBLIC ENEMY cover) (live) 05. No Sleep 'Till Cleveland (interpretation of BEASTIE BOYS' "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn") (live)
Even though PROPHETS OF RAGE does not feature RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zack de la Rocha, the group plays classics like "Bulls On Parade" along with tunes by PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL.
"I think the music of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is more relevant today than it was when it was written," Morello told Cleveland.com. "And we give a lot of credit and honor to Zack at every show because his lyrics are brilliant."
In July, PROPHETS OF RAGE released the "Prophets Of Rage" single through digital download and streaming services. Featuring new music and a new original verse from B-Real, the single was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O'Brien who has done notable work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE.
PROPHETS OF RAGE made their live debut in May in Los Angeles.