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Is This Site A Countdown to a New Rage Against The Machine Project?

Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
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Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine perform at the Hollywood Palladium on July 23, 2010 in Hollywood, Calif.

Rage Against the Machine hasn't done anything in five years. It's not an unusual break for the righteous rockers, who have gone on hiatus several times since seemingly calling it quits for good in 2000. And while it seems pretty unlikely that they will ever release a fifth album to follow up Renegades, a collection of covers released the year they broke up, suddenly there's hope for... something. 

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On Tuesday they reportedly launched a new website, www.prophetsofrage.com (which at press time was not working) that featured a countdown to June 1. According to NMEthe site also features the hashtag #TakeThePowerBack, which has been spotted on some posters around their hometown of Los Angeles. 

 

 

The tag is a callback to a song featured on the band's self-titled 1992 debut album, while the URL is the title of a Public Enemy song from the rap pioneer's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. That track features such fiery lyrics as "With vice I hold the mic device/ With force I keep it away of course/ And I'm keeping you from sleeping/ And on stage I rage" as well as warning, "Clear the way/ For the prophets of rage."

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PE frontman Chuck D has been posting links to some Rage live footage this week, leading to speculation that the two groups may be plotting a tour together. Rage have not played live since 2011, but last year bassist Tim Commerford left the door open to a potential reunion. "We are still a band, and we still might play again," he told Rolling Stone. "We don't have anything scheduled right now, but you never know what the future will bring." 

Reclusive singer/rapper Zack de la Rocha has kept a low profile since the the band's 2011 show at LA Rising, with his last full musical effort dating back to a 2008 EP with former Mars Volta member Jon Theodore credited to One Day as a Lion.

If Rage are taking to the stage in this summer of a hotly contested presidential election, it wouldn't be surprising. The politically-charged band played a series of shows in 2008 during the summer before that year's presidential election in an effort to rally voters against then-GOP candidate John McCain.

A spokesperson for the band could not be reached for further comment at press time.