It has been 16 years since American funk metal/rap metal band Rage Against The Machine released new music. The band has also not been active since 2011. So, when they tweeted about a new website prophetsofrage.com on May 17, a website that shows only a countdown set for May 31, 2016, many a fan wondered about a possible reunion for the band. But sadly, that is not the case.
According to a Billboard report, the website is for a new supergroup Prophets Of Rage consisting of guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real.
Chuck D hinted about the supergroup's existence by tweeting videos of Rage Against The Machine's live performances on May 17. (See the tweet below)
Prophets Of Rage take their name from the eponymous Public Enemy song off their 1988 album "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back." The supergroup will start performing songs by all three bands with a show in Los Angeles on June 3. An extensive tour might also be on the cards.
While this is good news for fans of all three bands, it also sparks speculations about why the website's countdown is set for May 31. Apart from the official announcement of the supergroup, there are possibilities of a music video or a 2016 tour schedule to be released that day.
In terms of what the band will sound like, one can only speculate. But given the background of the members, we might as well see a sound influenced by alternative metal, funk, hip hop and rap rock.