Tom Morello announces massive new solo album featuring Killer Mike, RZA, Portugal. The Man and more
Tom Morello teased singles 'Battle Sirens (ft. Knife Party)' and 'We Don't Need You (ft. Vic Mensa)' from his new album titled 'The Atlas Underground'
Tom Morello is not slowing down on his mission to 'Make America Rage Again'! Just a couple of weeks ago, the guitar virtuoso released a blazing new single 'Heart Afire' through his new supergroup Prophets of Rage, confirming that it would be the lead single of their upcoming yet-to-be-titled sophomore album. The album will mark the follow up to 2017's self-titled debut.
To add more fuel to the fire, the Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave co-founder has announced a star-studded solo album titled 'The Atlas Underground' due out for release on October 12 via Mom + Pop Music. Well known for his high-profile collaborations (he's previously worked with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Vai and Johnny Cash), 'The Atlas Underground' boasts a string of collaborations from some of the biggest names across multiple genres of the music world. Fellow rockers Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., and Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford feature on the album, as do rappers Killer Mike, Big Boi, Vic Mensa, The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, and Leikeli47.
Other collaborations on the album include K.Flay, Gary Clark Jr., and EDM producers Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar and Whethan.
In an interview Lars Ulrich’s Beats 1 radio show, Morello said he intended to make “a record that was the [Jimi] Hendrix of now,” featuring “guitar playing that is outside of the norm and is extraordinary.” In typical Morello style, he also referred to the project as “a clandestine sonic conspiracy of artists working in disparate locations toward a shared goal of creating a new genre of music”.
“The riffs and the beats led the way, but the extraordinary talents of the collaborators set my creativity into uncharted territory. I’ve been devoted both musically and as an activist to fighting injustice at every turn,” Morello said in the interview with Ulrich.
Touching upon the importance of music in the current political landscape and the power of art, Morello added: "I’ve been devoted both musically and as an activist to fighting injustice at every turn. Amid this heightened sense of impending doom, it’s now time to rally the troops in a last-ditch effort to save the planet, and our artistic souls. By challenging the boundaries of what music is and has sounded like before, you can open people’s eyes to changing the status quo in society.”
In anticipation of the release of 'The Atlas Underground', Morello has shared two singles: Album opener 'Battle Sirens (ft. Knife Party)' and 'We Don’t Need You' featuring Vic Mensa. While the former is a thumping club-banger that blurs the lines between Knife Party's electronics and Morello's signature effects-driven guitar, the latter is an anthem of disillusionment that shows-off Morello's wah-wah skills as Vic Mensa embroiders his slick flow around the groovy riffs.
Spotify and Apple Music subscribers can check out both the tracks below. Also find the album art and the full tracklisting for the album below:
'The Atlas Underground' Tracklist
01. Battle Sirens (feat. Knife Party)
02. Rabbit’s Revenge (feat. Bassnectar, Big Boi, Killer Mike)
03. Every Step That I Take (feat. Portugal. The Man, Whethan)
04. We Don’t Need You (feat. Vic Mensa)
05. Find Another Way (feat. Marcus Mumford)
06. How Long (feat. Steve Aoki, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath)
07. Lucky One (feat. K. Flay)
08. One Nation (feat. Pretty Lights)
09. Vigilante Nocturno (feat. Carl Restivo)
10. Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is (feat. Gary Clark Jr., Nico Stadi)
11. Roadrunner (feat. Leikeli47)
12. Lead Poisoning (feat. GZA, RZA, Herobust)
Album art for 'The Atlas Underground'