Continuing to push limits and prove the transformative power of rock 'n roll, legendary musician Tom Morello - co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage - is set to release the most ambitious artistic effort of his storied career this fall with his forthcoming album The Atlas Underground.
Throughout his remarkable career, Morello has collaborated with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Cash. On The Atlas Underground, he paves a path into new sonic territory with the project's breadth of talented collaborators - Marcus Mumford, Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, Vic Mensa, K.Flay, Big Boi, Gary Clark Jr., Pretty Lights, Killer Mike, Steve Aoki and Whethan among others - transforming his sound into something even he could not have anticipated, blending Marshall stack riff-rock with the digital wizardry of EDM and hip-hop. Morello served as chief curator for the record, hand-picking and personally reaching out to the involved artists to recruit their efforts to the project.
Assembled across a variety of studios spanning multiple continents, Morello calls The Atlas Underground "a clandestine sonic conspiracy of artists working in disparate locations toward a shared goal of creating a new genre of music." The lyrics often take the form of "social justice ghost stories," and on tracks such as Bassnectar, Big Boi and Killer Mike's "Rabbit Revenge" and the RZA/GZA-featuring "Lead Poisoning," they convey the experiences of those less fortunate who were unable to speak up for themselves.