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. … more
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 … more
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.
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 … more
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, … more