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Rage's first album, which came out in 1992, and introduced people to their edgy combination of politics, rap, metal, and punk.

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Primal scream outpatient meets white-hot backing band. Rock 'n' roll results.

  • Jun 18, 2006
If ever there were a record that did what it said on the tin, then this is it, and when it's good it's sublime. Boy there are some fantastic moments on this record. Rage Against the Machine dates from that brief point in time when it looked like rock, funk and rap were going to merge, amalgamate, and go off in a beautiful new direction. Where Faith No More and the Chili Peppers were ultimately more progressive and adventurous, Rage Against the Machine sticks firmly to its elemental knitting: Loud, HUGE heavy rock riffing, and loud, shouty, angry lyrics.

While no doubt there will be those who disagree, in my view what makes this record is the band, not the singer: in Bombtrack, Killing in the Name..., Bullet in the Head, Settle for Nothing, you have some of the greatest heavy rock riffs committed to vinyl. Zack de la Rocha's vocal contribution, on the other hand, is fine as long as you don't listen to it as such, but treat it as some sort of additional percussive instrument. In some cases, this is easy to do (Killing in the Name... for example), since the words don't seem to make a great deal of sense anyway. But as the record wears on, de la Rocha's swearing for effect and continued complaining about school and the system begins to grate, and the listening experience accordingly palls - a pity, because the band becomes more explorational as the record goes on, too.

Surprise surprise, the next record the band released (Evil Empire) was as silly as it sounded, and after a third go the band realised what the problem was: De la Rocha was booted out (I mean, "quit, citing artistic differences") and replaced (sub nom AudioSlave) by the outstanding Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, and the band renounced explicit left-wing whining for just getting on and making music. Good move, all round. De la Rocha, who hasn't renounced left-wing whining, is currently residing with Spinal Tap in the "where are they now" file, AudioSlave has its third album due out later this year.

Olly Buxton

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review by . October 15, 2012
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  If you traveled back into the late 90's and early 00's, and asked me what favorite band was, I'd quickly answer Rage Against the Machine. Especially around 2002 up to around 2004, I drank up the Kool-Aid and bought into their political views and thought their music was the epitome of metal music (little did I know that I was terribly mistaken into thinking that RATM was a metal band). I thought RATM's lyrics were the gospel of truth, and took up a textbook liberal agenda. …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2012
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Before I elaborate in this Quick Tip, keep in mind that the band's politics are NOT taken into account when rating the album, I only point out how childish they feel and how hypocritical they are.      I used to adore this album back in the late 90's and early 2000's since at the time, I thought it was the heaviest and most intense music out there.  I also gushed over the the political agenda behind the music as I used to be really far on the left (before …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
Easily one of my all-time favorite albums and the definitive album of the 1990s. RAtM's debut is a masterpiece of hard rock and rap with an added edge of leftist politics. This is the sound of the revolution. 'Nuff said.
review by . December 19, 2008
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Mixing political-punk attitude with heavy metal riffs and intelligent rap lyrics, Rage Against the Machine broke the mold. Not since the days of anti-establishment hippie bands like Steppenwolf and the MC5 and punk bands like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Dead Kennedys has there been a more politically aware band. And talk about a great debut album.   The lyrics on their 1992 debut album are fiery with righteous anger and conviction and clearly state the band's Left-wing, Socialist/Communist …
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Composer: Rage Against the Machine
Author: Rage Against the Machine
Performer: Rage Against the Machine
Release Date: 1992
Label: Epic
Artist: Rage Against the Machine
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