Tom MorelloThe Atlas Underground

Comandante LLC/Sony
12 October, 2018
Audio delights

It’s the guest-laden release you didn’t know you needed–Tom Morello’s brand new album The Atlas Underground exemplifies everything that is awesome about pushing the boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll and is presented with unwarranted ambition and drive.

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The co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Prophets of Rage and Audioslave, legendary guitarist Tom Morello has intertwined years of collaborative experience and an interesting in music outside of the rock he’s known for, to create a stellar chapter in his storied career built of progressive rock, hip-hop, and EDM. Morello is breaking into new sonic territory. The man is a wizard.

Cracking off with Battle Sirens, Morello and guest artists Knife Party slowly build an exalted energy, literally making your heart beat faster with every sharp turn in riff and runs. There’s a pretty orient element going on in the electronics, a little dub step, which only goes to serve well Morello’s goal of entering unchartered genre terrain.

The euphoric bliss Morello and friends provide in The Atlas Underground is a whopping feast of audio delights.

Morello pushes and pulls with his impressive trademark sweeps as the album’s role of collaborators make indie, R ‘n’ B, dub step, trap and metal an excitingly eclectic experience. Marcus Mumford, Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and GZA and K.Flay among many others, offer their talents to rap-orientated songs like Rabbit’s Revenge and Lead Poisoning, rock heavy numbers like Vigilante Nocturno and Find Another Way, and house and funk blends like Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is, with sensational results.

The euphoric bliss Morello and friends provide in The Atlas Underground is a whopping feast of audio delights. When you’re at a point in your career, as Morello is, where you’ve pretty much done everything, you can get away with taking risks. But getting away with it successfully? That’s pretty much a one in a million chance. Morello beats the odds.

STANDOUT TRACKS: How Long, Find Another Way, Lucky One
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Prophets Of Rage, Hollywood Undead, Rage Against The Machine

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