Although guitarist Tom Morello has repeatedly turned down numerous offers to record again with Rage Against the Machine, rumours abound that the reunited political rap-rock giants will enter the studio in the near future to record their first album since 2000’s "Renegades".
The band have not revealed a release date, nor confirmed if their longtime label Epic Records will handle the new album. Since reuniting in 2007, Rage Against the Machine have been touring and playing festivals almost non-stop. Vocalist Zach de la Rocha even found time to release a self-titled EP with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore under the name One Day as a Lion.
Morello has also been sowing his creative seeds with his own solo project, The Nightwatchman, and according to him, that’s all he needs. "[The Nightwatchman is] my principal musical focus, as I see it, for the remainder of my life. From the earliest days of playing open mic nights at coffee houses, it was apparent to me that this music was as important to me as any music I’ve ever been involved in. It really encapsulates everything I want to do as an artist," he says. Right now, the band have no plans to tour or play any more live shows, although Morello noted that he doesn’t "see any reason to not play more shows".