Chris Cornell is Raging

5-24-01 antiGUY

Rap-metal pioneers Rage Against the Machine are making good on their vow to carry on after the departure of their frontman, Zack de la Rocha last October. We now have a clearer picture of their plans, which include a name change and a new vocalist. 

While the name Rage Against the Machine is history, the remaining band members have now teamed up with former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell to keep the fire burning. It has been widely reported that Cornell had joined the members of RATM to write new material, but the future of the group remained unclear. Now the Los Angeles Times has shed some light on that future. 

The Times reports that managers for RATM and Cornell told them that the group has written 20 songs and are planning to enter the studio next week with producer Rick Rubin.  

The only wrinkle in the Cornell-Rage pairing is dueling label contracts. Cornell is signed to Interscope and RATM is signed to Epic. RATM manager Peter Mensch told the Times that the group is considering releasing albums on both labels; "Album one on Epic, album two on Interscope."