“Made with Hate”: Prophets of Rage’s New Song Could Use Some More Rage

  • Axl Rosenberg

Prophets of Rage of debuted a new song, “Made with Hate,” and while I don’t hate it, it also doesn’t make me mad with love:

So how come Prophets of Rage aren’t as good as Rage Against the Machine? Exposition for the n00bs: it’s the same band, with frontman Zack de la Rocha swapped out for Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. So it’s not like they pulled a Stone Temple Pilots and brought in some reality show contestant. Chuck D. and B-Real are both great in their own right.

Really, I think, it comes down to this: Prophets of Rage lack, well, rage. Those old Rage Against the Machine albums sound legitimately pissed; on his best work, Chuck D.’s passion is palpable. For a song called “Made with Hate,” there is something bizarrely laid back about this new single.

And, hey, I get it! These dudes have all been at it for thirty years. As you get older, it’s hard to to summon that same level of righteous furor you had in your youth. And I don’t think Prophets of Rage is bad. I just wish it had some more piss n’ vinegar.

ANYWAY, just my two cents no one asked for.

PoR’s new album likely won’t be out ’til 2020, but the band has a bunch of tour dates in Europe in this summer and then one in Indonesia in September. Those are below, courtesy of Kerrang!.

13 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival

1 Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air 2019
2 Kostryzn Nad Odra, Poland – Pol and Rock Festival
5 Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
6 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
7 Winchester, UK – Boomtown Fair
8 Paris, France – Olympia
9 Landerneau, France – Fete Du Bruit
12 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
13 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
16 St. Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
18 Hasselt, BEL – Pukkelpop
19 Ultrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
21 Penthalaz, Switzerland – Venoge Festival
22 Charleville-mezieres, France – Cabaret Vert
24 Caminha, Portugal – Festival Vilar De Mouros
27 Paleo Faliro, Greece – Taekwondo

1 Jakarta, Indonesia – Hodgepodge Festival

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