RATM Status Update: Brad Wilk Moving on With New Band, Tom Morello Says He's Not to Blame for Inactivity

So basically, nothing's going on.

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Several fresh updates have surfaced from the Rage Against the Machine camp, confirming that sadly, not much is going on.

Firstly, guitarist Tom Morello briefly touched on the matter, addressing a fan asking "Where's Rage Against the Machine when you need 'em?" via Twitter.

"I'm not the one you need to ask," Tom's short reply reads.

As for drummer Brad Wilk, Black Sabbath's latest studio skinsman has joined a new band The Last Internationale. Described by Morello as "one of my favorites in the next wave of rebel rockers," the group has released their debut album "We Will Reign" via Epic yesterday (August 19).

You can check out their latest video "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Indian Blood" below.

In some of the previous updates, both Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford seemed open to trekking forth with RATM, seemingly leaving vocalist Zach de la Rocha as the prime culprit behind the lack of activity.

"Well, as far as I know, we played our last show in 2011 at the Coliseum, and if that was our last show, that’s a good way to go out. I sort of had to put it in my head that that band is over in order for me to just move on with my life, to be honest with you, so that’s kind of where that lies. The Coliseum - awesome way to go out," Brad told the Pulse of Radio in late April.

Over two years ago, here's what Tim the bassist had to say about the possibility of a new album: "Definitely... maybe... Anything is possible."

The band's official website hasn't been updated with news since October 2012, only bringing us closer to the grim possibility that 2000's "Renegades" will be the last studio material we'll ever hear from the four-piece.

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    Is anyone surprised Zach de la Rocha is to blame for RATM inactivitY?? Has the guy actually done anything musical besides Rage Against The Machine??
    One Day As a Lion, great music, still waiting for the full length debut
    One Day's EP was absolutely brutal lyrically. I honestly hope he and Jon follow up with an LP before any RATM stuff happens again (if ever).
    He's caught up in activism and I think he forgets their music was an amazing way to get a message through to people. Cities have been smashed with their music playing, that should give him a hint.
    Never cared for Zach, preferred Audioslave. I find him cocky and arrogant. He thinks he's right about everything too.
    Well Chris Cornell is also cocky and arrogant. But I'd sell a kidney and chop one of my testicles just to see Audioslave reforming for a World Tour.
    What if that really was the deciding factor? The sale of 1 kidney and chopping of 1 testicle?
    If you're not gonna do anything at least have the decency to announce a split up or hiatus instead of keeping your fans in anticipation of nothing.
    Maybe... If the three of them want to move forward, they could just get a new singer and call it something else... I mean, - Yes Audioslave was that, but Chris didn't seem to have a socially-driven mind. Surely, in L.A. there's one good vocalist who wants to sing about politics? No?
    What a waste... These guys need to get back together and stop f***ing around. They have the talent and chemistry. I understand that musically and theme wise musicians move on over time. Even if they get together and move in a different direction musically, then I'm in, too.
    I like RATM and all, but do we really need another record? I don't know that anything they did at this point could live up to the past. It's better to leave it alone, and keep the legacy in tact.
    Nowadays, and more than ever, there's than enough stuff going wrong in this world that Zack could pen awesome lyrics about. And the instrumental three-piece never dissapoints when it comes to writing incendiary music. So yeah, we need another record.
    Hell if Zack doesn't want to do it, Get rapper Boots Riley? Did you ever listen to Tom's Street Sweeper Social Club? Fucking great record with a RATM vibe...
    Zack is ****ing nuts, always has been, they should just reform Audioslave or make another band, SSSC is a joke compared to RATM.
    Do it without Zach. He's great but, but if he doesnt want im pretty sure there is another dusty, raw and energetic guy like him.
    Looking forward to Tom's upcoming material regardless, he said months ago that it's gonna be heavy guitars all over again. Can't wait!