It’s in no way a metal album but it does feature RATM’s Tom Morello and former-SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian.

Overall this is an old school-ish hip-hop album and probably has no place on this site, but there’s no denying the popularity of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello (look to the right and see what the most popular pages are today… and every day…), or System of a Down.

The title track features Morello and has a fairly standard RATM-style riff throughout. Despite the fact that it has a political sample as an intro and the cover has a Communist flag on it, the lyrics are curiously inane e.g. If you can’t take the heat get the fuck out the kitchen. Not exactly revolutionary…

Carry Me Away features Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda on guest vocals. It is without doubt, and unsurprisingly, the poppiest song on the album, and Shinoda’s (who sings rather than raps) vocals aren’t particularly distinctive.

The best metal-tinged song on the album is Trouble Seeker featuring Daron Malakian. His distinctive style comes across pretty clearly with riffage that sounds like Scars on Broadway.

The other song on the album featuring Tom Morello is Shut ‘Em Down, which is in a similar vein but is actually a lot better than the title track in my opinion.

Cypress Hill’s collaborations with rockers on this album change their style dramatically from the rest of the stuff on the album, away from hip-hop and towards nu-metal.

I suspect that unless you are still a fan of the kind of rap-rock song that B-Real did with Fear Factory on Digimortal at the height of the craze, or if you are a very open minded hip-hop fan, you won’t be counting this album among your favourites.

Rating: 2.1 out of 5.

Cypress Hill – Rise Up is out now on Priority Records.

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