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Tom Morello announces new album The Atlas Underground Flood featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson and others

Wed, Nov 17, 2021@12:49PM | comments

Back in June Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello recorded a new track with Alex Lifeson and Metallica's Kirk Hammett and hinted that the track would be appearing on a future project that Morello was putting together. Earlier today Morello revealed more details about the project, titled Atlas Underground Flood, which will also feature Nathaniel Rateliff, Jim James, IDLES, Ben Harper, X Ambassadors, Barns Courtney, Manchester Orchestra, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and more. The album is the sister project to Morello's recently-released Atlas Underground Fire album, and is slated to release on December 3rd via Mom + Pop Music. The track which Lifeson and Hammett appear on is titled I Have Seen the Way. Lifeson had the following to say about the track back in June:

... Morello kept things simple for his new project, sending over a couple of different riffs as a starting point for Lifeson. "He said, 'Put whatever you want on it - the more the merrier,'" Lifeson recalls. "He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett, and Kirk was going to do the same thing." Still, Lifeson didn't stick to his usual playbook for his contribution. "Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock stuff," he says. "We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot. I sent my stuff in and it went to Kirk then, and he sent his stuff in." Lifeson recently heard an early mix of the track and was thrilled with the result. He thinks fans will dig it, too. "It's really some fun music," he notes. "It's so Tom Morello, his parts. I just smiled the whole way through listening to it. I thought it was really, really cool the way it turned out." And even though Morello most likely meant the song to be a one-off collaboration for the trio, Lifeson, for one, is up for more. "I'm hoping that he might have something else to send along," he says.

The album is currently available for pre-order via Amazon at this location. Thanks to Joe VH for the heads up.