RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Rap Metal • United States
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Rage Against the Machine was a rap metal/rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1991. The band’s continual members are vocalist Zack De La Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello (who also records as a solo artist under the name “The Nightwatchman”), bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Rage Against the Machine are noted for their blend of punk rock, hip hop, heavy metal and funk as well as their Socialist lyrics and imagery (including use of the former-USSR Red Army white-outlined star emblem, as well as images of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, and the red EZLN star). Rage Against the Machine drew their inspiration from early metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Public Enemy and Afrika Bambaataa. The group’s music is based primarily on de la Rocha’s rhyming styles and Morello’s unorthodox guitar techniques.

Rage Against the Machine released their debut album Rage Against the Machine
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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Discography

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE albums / top albums

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against the Machine album cover 4.04 | 70 ratings
Rage Against the Machine
Rap Metal 1992
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Evil Empire album cover 3.85 | 32 ratings
Evil Empire
Rap Metal 1996
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE The Battle of Los Angeles album cover 3.85 | 53 ratings
The Battle of Los Angeles
Rap Metal 1999
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Renegades album cover 3.64 | 23 ratings
Renegades
Rap Metal 2000

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE EPs & splits

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE People of the Sun EP album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
People of the Sun EP
Rap Metal 1997
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Sleep Now in the Fire EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sleep Now in the Fire EP
Rap Metal 2000

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE live albums

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Live & Rare album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live & Rare
Rap Metal 1998
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Rap Metal 2003

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against the Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rage Against the Machine
Rap Metal 1991

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE re-issues & compilations

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE The Collection album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collection
Rap Metal 2010

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE singles (10)

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Killing in the Name
Rap Metal 1992
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Bullet in the Head
Rap Metal 1993
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Bombtrack
Rap Metal 1993
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Freedom
Rap Metal 1994
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Bulls on Parade
Rap Metal 1996
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People of the Sun
Rap Metal 1996
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Vietnow
Rap Metal 1997
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Guerrilla Radio
Rap Metal 1999
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Sleep Now in the Fire
Rap Metal 2000
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Testify
Rap Metal 2000

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Rage Against the Machine
Rap Metal 1997
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The Battle of Mexico City
Rap Metal 2001
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Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Rap Metal 2003

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Reviews

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against the Machine

Album · 1992 · Rap Metal
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aglasshouse
From what I've seen and heard, rap metal may not be the most popular genre among metalheads. This could be due to the constantly painful thought of LIMP BIZKIT. Yet, there is a lighter side to the rap metal spectrum, and leading the helm was and still is RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

I find it funny sometimes when an artist's debut is their most famous album. It just makes me laugh: an artists first release and first actual studio release to the masses just so happens to be more popular than all of their releases afterwards. Of course I'm not saying that this album is bad because/even though it is famous. Let me explain why I like it.

Even though rap does front the music, there is no doubt that the other instruments are far behind. Speaking of the instruments, the guitars as well as the drums retain a constant and heavy funky metal beat that grows depending on where the song goes or is going. The vocals usually dictate where the song is going to go, ranging from quieter BEASTIE BOYS-style rapping onto similarly BB yelling vocals. It certainly was the general rapping sound back in the 90's.

Some highlights of mine include 'Fistful of Steel', 'Bombtrack', 'Killing in the Name', and 'Township Rebellion'.

So overall, I would suggest any alt/funk/rap metal fans to check this out, it's a definite must.

Go give it a listen.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against the Machine

Album · 1992 · Rap Metal
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floflo79
I'm not a fan of alternative metal but I like Rage Against The Machine and love the eponymous album. The drum work and the bass lines are just groovy as hell, the rap vocals are pretty good, and the Tom Morello's guitar playing is very enjoyable. The main riff of Killing In The Name is just killing, tracks like Freedom, Township Rebellion and of course Know Your Enemy are just awesome. I'm just not a fan of the rap side that brings the 5 starts to four and a half. But I think that the compositions are just great. A metal masterpiece.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Evil Empire

Album · 1996 · Rap Metal
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J-Man
When a band puts out a debut as outstanding as Rage Against the Machine's 1992 entrance statement, the follow-up record is usually met with high expectations and, more often than not, doesn't manage to live up to them. In the case of this American rap metal quartet, their second album is almost always overshadowed by its tremendous predecessor; although 1996's Evil Empire could accurately be described as 'more of the same', I don't think that's a bad thing when you're talking about a style as impressive as Rage Against the Machine's. For my money, Evil Empire is actually the more consistent of the two albums, and while this might not be the most innovative Rage Against the Machine release, it still contains some of the band's finest material.

With an album title referring to a phrase that Ronald Reagan utilized to describe the Soviet Union in the eighties' in addition to some vehemently frustrated lyrics about the actions of the Christian right, it's clear that the band's left-of-center worldview is once again put fully on display. Though some of Zack de la Rocha's lyrics feel a bit too angsty to come across as well-articulated criticism, listening to his completely unrestrained emotion is a large part of what makes Rage Against the Machine's music so damn charming.

Like Rage Against the Machine's first album, Evil Empire strikes a fine balance between aggressive heavy rock riffs, rap music, and pretty funky basslines. The songwriting this time around is perhaps a bit more concise and straightforward, but it's still held to a remarkably high standard. Tracks like “Bulls on Parade”, “Vietnow”, and “Year of tha Boomerang” stand out as some of the band's finest tunes, and the rest of the album sounds irresistible too. Rage Against the Machine's knack for crafting catchy grooves and riffs is made even stronger by the band's tight delivery and strong sense of musicianship; the audiophile-quality production and pitch-perfect mix help all of this translate perfectly to a recording.

Evil Empire feels like the neglected middle child in Rage Against the Machine's discography, but it's a favorite of mine and one that I'd wholeheartedly recommend to any rap metal listener. A remarkably catchy release with some tremendous grooves and hooks, Evil Empire is not one to forget about.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against the Machine

Album · 1992 · Rap Metal
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J-Man
Although rap and metal are often seen as polar opposites from both musical and cultural standpoints, it was only a matter of time before the two styles came together to form a killer album. While the genres had flirted with each other in the past, Rage Against the Machine's iconic debut was the first to really solidify 'rap metal' as a genre. Combining the lyrical delivery and and rhythmic phrasings of hip hop with the heavy riffs associated with metal, this observation is a stunning example of political frustration and angst that spoke to listeners back in 1992, and still stands as one of the most important albums from the early nineties'. Rage Against the Machine would, unfortunately, help pave the way for hordes of mediocre nu-metal acts over the next decade, but I wouldn't recommend discarding this masterpiece because of that - this one is essential listening for any open minded metal fan.

On this album, Rage Against the Machine primarily combines heavy and groovy metal riffs with emotionally charged rapping from Zack de la Rocha. His lyrics are extremely political and left-of-center, and though more conservative listeners might not like the band's message, I can't imagine too many staunch religious conservatives having interest in this style of music anyway. The tracks here criticize nationalism, American consumerism, religion, obedience to ideologies, and just about anything else 'traditional', all with a very rebellious attitude. I could see the lyrics here striking some people as over-the-top and overly rooted in teen angst, but I think they are a large part of what makes Rage Against the Machine's debut charming, even if they lack a bit in the subtlety department.

The album's strongest asset is probably in its riffs, however. Much like the classic Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin records, Rage Against the Machine is a nonstop bombardment of powerful riffs with irresistible groove. It's tough not to headbang at least once in each of the tracks here, and songs like “Bombtrack”, “Killing In the Name”, “Wake Up”, and “Township Rebellion” especially stand out as highlights. The riffs are groovy as hell, and the totally defiant lyrics make this the perfect album to rock out to whenever school or work have got you down. Tom Morello also delivers some really great solos throughout the record, and in addition to having some solid technique, his quirky phrasing and note choice makes his style stand out from the crowd.

When you top it all off with tight musicianship and audiophile-quality production, it's hard not to fall in love with Rage Against the Machine's clever riff structures and angst-ridden attitude. The only potential flaw I see in this album is that it doesn't have much in the way of dynamic variation, but I personally think that the observation's strict adherence to killer riffs and furious vocals makes for a coherent listen from start to finish - when the riffs are as catchy as they are here, it's nearly impossible to complain about the band's heavy reliance on them. Rage Against the Machine is an essential purchase for anybody wondering what 'rap metal' sounds like when done right, and it's also one of the most enjoyable albums in my collection. Highly recommended!

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE The Battle of Los Angeles

Album · 1999 · Rap Metal
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arcane-beautiful
When I was about 8, I was really into rap and was slowly getting into rock and metal (mainly Nu Metal). So a cross pollination of the 2 made me very happy.

Rage Against The Machine were the best so called rap metal band of the time (with Body Count & the rest of the early Nu Metal bands trailing behind in talent & sophistication.)Their anarchistic lyrics, political satire and anger towards western cultures and their lack of sympathy for others was the perfect fuel for the fire. Even though at times they may be hypocritical (being signed to a major label, getting to number 1 this X-Mass), they were able to counteract with a load of crazy, e.g. being naked with tape on their mouths in order to protest against censorship, performing in politically active areas, starting riots, you know, all that stuff.

This album (better than Evil Empire but not as strong as their debut), is an amazing example of the genre, with enough anger, politics and amazing lyricism in order to put forward their ideals.

1. Testify - An amazing intro to the album with an amazing chorus. Another weird solo from Tom as well.

2. Guerrilla Radio - Again another amazing chorus, and doesn’t the solo sound a wee bit like a chicken.

3. Calm Like A Bomb - Or as other people know this song, That Song From The Matrix. Amazing song, with a lot of cool time changes. Another kick ass chorus as well.

4. Mic Check - This reminds me of a Public Enemy song with the repetitive backing and the almost free form for the rapping. I love the final verse of the song, especially the lyrics.

5. Sleep Now In The Fire - A wee bit repetitive and to be honest It doesn’t make too much sense. Perfect song for a single though.

6. Born Of A Broken Man - This is the slower song (a bit like Settle For Nothing from their debut). I love the line, “where Jesus stripped bare, and raped the spirit he was supposed to nurture.” The mixture of religious and quite controversial imagery is really affective.

7. Born Of Ghosts - Amazing chorus and use of Tom Morello’s weird guitar effects.

8. Maria - Probably my favourite song on the album. The vivid imagery makes the story of the song way more enjoyable. The chorus is also amazing.

9. Voice Of The Voiceless - An amazing chorus. The lyrics are based on 1984, which is the perfect subject from these guys to be writing about.

10. New Millennium Homes - This song reminds me of something from their first album. Catchy and very effective.

11. Ashes In The Fall - Another monumental moment on the album. Very funky influenced. Amazing lyrics. I love the closing stanza, which is about how ironic that schools and workplaces hold future criminals and jailbirds.

12. War Within A Breath - What happened on New Year’s Day? This song is amazing and is a great way to end the album.

CONCLUSION: Amazing album. Not a bad song on it. Perfect for angry people (I’m not angry…although I still enjoyed it.

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