Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Prophets Of Rage
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
11th August 2019

As Prophets Of Rage stopped in at Shepherds Bush as part of their European tour, Naomi Dryden-Smith photographed for Louder Than War.

Following an impressive 20-or-so-minute DJ set from DJ Lord, rap-rock supergroup Prophets Of Rage crash on to the Empire’s stage on Monday at a hundred miles an hour, an exhilerating whirlwind of political and activist comment. The band brings together members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and Chuck D), Cypress Hill (B-Real) and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave (Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk). Unfuck The World, Made With Hate and Hail To The Chief feature from self-titled debut album Prophets Of Rage, whilst the temperature is turned up with Rage Against The Machine favourites Guerilla Radio, a high energy Know Your Enemy, Bombtrack and Killing In The Name. Guitars are wielded like weapons by Tom Morello and Tim Commerford, whilst rappers Chuck D and B Real work the crowd into a frenzy, carried by Brad Wilk’s masterful drumming. The Empire is full to the rafters tonight, the jumping, beer-throwing and crowdsurfing is almost non-stop, and the set includes touching tributes to Chris Cornell, formerly lead singer with Audioslave, with Cochise (poignantly performed with a spotlight on an empty microphone) and finishing with Black Hole Sun.

Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith
Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith
Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith
Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith
Prophets Of Rage © Naomi Dryden-Smith
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Festivals/Films Editor, mentor to new LTW team members, music photographer and reviewer. House photographer for Academy Music Group, attached to Shepherds Bush Empire, Brixton Academy and the Kentish Town Forum. When they're open. For commissions/prints contact naomidrydensmith@gmail.com

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