A Mysterious Site Could Hint At A Possible Rage Against the Machine Reunion… Sorta

You all know Rage Against the Machine, right?

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One of the most politically active bands of the ’90s and 2000s, Rage Against the Machine were known for their bombastic performances, socially conscious lyrics and political activism. The band was critical of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Here’s the crowd that gathered during their performance near the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

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Police were sent out to break up large crowds that remained after the concert.

And in 2008, several protestors hit the streets after a Rage show in Minneapolis, where the Republican National Convention was being held.

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Guess what? More than 15 years ago, RATM’s video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” foreshadowed our current political climate. Watch closely:

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Didn’t catch it? Go back to 1:04, and you’ll find this eerie clip:

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There’s a trenchcoat-clad dude holding up a sign that says “Donald J. Trump for President – 2000.”

YES, it says DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT.

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Here are some of the lyrics from the song:

The lie is my expense
The scope with my desire
The party blessed me with its future
And I protect it with fire

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Yeah, Trump was pledging to run for President for years, but the clip is still ~creepy~, OK?

After breaking up in 2000, RATM reunited in 2007 to play several shows, including a headlining gig at Coachella. But in 2011, drummer Brad Wilk hinted that band had broken up once more.

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The band’s last performance took place at L.A. Rising, a music festival in Los Angeles. “Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out,” said Wilk to Blabbermouth.

But it looks like RATM may be getting back together, in one form or another. A mysterious site, prophetsofrage.com, was recently launched. It displayed a countdown clock along with this message:

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The site was down for a while, presumably due to all the traffic it’s gotten since it was discovered. “Prophets of Rage” refers to a famous track by rap legends Public Enemy, leading some to speculate that RATM and Public Enemy are collaborating on a song (or album). Public Enemy frontman Chuck D also added fuel to the fire, tweeting out a few YouTube links to RATM performances. #TAKETHEPOWERBACK refers to “Take The Power Back,” a song from RATM’s 1992 self-titled debut.

A Twitter user also noticed these posters in Los Angeles:

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So what’s the deal? SOMETHING is happening, but it’s not a full-fledged RATM reunion.

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According to Rolling Stone, a source said the project involves “some members of Rage,” and live performances are in the works. Billboard is reporting that the supergroup will consist of RATM (minus vocalist Zack de la Rocha), Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real.

Some members of Rage? Fans hoping for a RATM reunion with all four members are probably thinking:

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