Tom Morello The Atlas Underground Fire Colored Vinyl LP
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Following the 2018 release of his most ambitious album yet, The Atlas Underground, legendary musician and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello returns with his latest project – a follow-up album entitled The Atlas Underground Fire.
Morello's remarkable guitar playing is on full display on the record fusing rock, alternative and electronic music together with collaborations from a mix of music icons and cutting-edge artists. The acclaimed list of collaborators includes Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Bring Me the Horizon, phem, Damian Marley, Sama' Abdulhadi, Mike Posner and more.
The album's first single is the classic AC/DC rock anthem "Highway to Hell" featuring Morello, Springsteen and Vedder. Morello says: "Our version of ‘Highway To Hell' pays homage to AC/DC but with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, bringing this legendary song into the future.
One of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time sung by two of the greatest rock 'n' roll singers of all time. And then I drop a shredding guitar solo."
The album, as testified by Morello, is a clear byproduct of dark and challenging pandemic days.
Recording guitars on his phone, the album was made both creatively and technically from his home studio in Los Angeles, while sharing files with collaborators around the globe. "During lockdown I had no access to an engineer so I had to record all of the guitar parts on the voice memo of my phone," said Morello. "This seemed like an outrageous idea but it led to a freedom in creativity in that I could not overthink any of the guitar parts and just had to trust my instincts."
And while Morello is known as one of the world's greatest social justice crusaders who has written songs that quickly became manifestos, he said the pandemic allowed him a freedom on this album to follow more of the emotions and anxiety of the times.
"This record was a life raft in a difficult time that allowed me to find new ways of creating new global artistic connections that helped transform a time of fear and anxiety into one of musical expression and rocking jams," shares Morello. To be sure, Morello isn't done with social justice manifestos, and many of those threads can be found within the new album, but unusual times created an altogether unique album.
Tom Morello The Atlas Underground Fire Track Listing;
1. Harlem Hellfighter
2. Highway to Hell (featuring Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder)
3. Let's Get The Party Started (featuring Bring Me The Horizon)
4. Driving to Texas (featuring Phantogram)
5. The War Inside (featuring Chris Stapleton)
6. Hold The Line (featuring grandson)
7. Naraka (featuring Mike Posner)
8. The Achilles List (featuring Damian Marley)
9. Night Witch (featuring phem)
10. Charmed I'm Sure (featuring Protohype)
11. Save Our Souls (featuring Dennis Lyxzén of Refused)
12. On The Shore Of Eternity (featuring Sama' Abdulhadi)