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Rage Against the Machine
     

Rage Against the Machine

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by Rage Against the Machine
 

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Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance -- though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the

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Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance -- though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. While the former's roots in '80s heavy metal shredding gave rise to an inimitable array of six-string acrobatics and rhythmic special effects (few of which anyone else has managed to replicate), the latter delivered meaningful rhymes with an emotionally charged conviction that suburban white boys of the ensuing nu-metal generation could never hope to touch. As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like "Bombtrack," "Take the Power Back," and "Know Your Enemy" were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as "Settle for Nothing," "Bullet in the Head," and the particularly venomous "Wake Up" (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" riff for his own needs) -- all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. And even listeners who were unable (or unwilling) to fully process the band's unique clash of muscle and intellect were catered to, as RATM were able to convey their messages through stubborn repetition via the fundamental challenge of "Freedom" and their signature track, "Killing in the Name," which would become a rallying cry of disenfranchisement, thanks to its relentlessly rebellious mantra of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645295923
catalogNumber:
52959

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Performance Credits

Rage Against the Machine   Primary Artist
Zack de la Rocha   Vocals,Group Member
Maynard James Keenan   Vocals
Tom Morello   Guitar,Group Member
Stephen Perkins   Percussion
Tim Commerford   Bass
Brad Wilk   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rage Against the Machine   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Zack de la Rocha   Composer
GGGarth   Producer,Engineer
Tom Morello   Composer
Garth Richardson   Producer
Brad Wilk   Composer
Stan Katayama   Engineer
Nicky Lindeman   Art Direction
Timmy C.   Composer
R.A.T.M.   Producer

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Rage Against the Machine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definetly the best Rage CD. Only ten tracks, but they're all at least four and a half minutes, most are over five in length. Each song has had a lot of effort put into it. This CD does not sound eight years old and outdated. It still has a good sound despite being from the era of Vanilla Ice and New Kids On The Block. Zack, Tim, Tom, and Brad put a lot into this, and you'll get a lot out of it if you buy it. Highly reccommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best Cd I have
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome! This must the angriest album in the world! It is full of Rage! And I'm sure it's against the Machine! I like this kind of heavy metal - funk - hip hop compilation. All the tracks are 100 % rage. Especailly "Settle for Nothing" and "Freedom".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's ever. Even though I personally listen to classic rock, this cd is as good as Are You Experienced? or Sgt.Peppers. I would definately buy this album.
Al_Highland More than 1 year ago
This sounds ridiculous, LOL. I got a bit of a kick hearing those whiny vocals and droning, but this is just too childish to take seriously. So resembling a teenage tantrum, that its blush worthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is with out a doubt their best album. i love zack and tom is very, very good with his guitar, some of the stuff he does is just crazy.It's the best.I have all four of their albums and this one is at the top. BUY IT !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own all three of RATM's CD's, and by my preference, this is the best. With the excellent intro guitar work by Tom Morello on the Bombtrack, and a personal favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
just like I said...this has to be their greatest album. "Take the Power Back" and "Know Your Enemy" had the most effect on me.
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Rage Against the Machine is the greatest band to have ever come into existance, they fused Socialist politics with old school rap (I normally hate rap) and 70's heavy metal. The result was brilliant. Rage and a couple of other bands, are one of the few rap-metal bands that are actually good. By the way, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park are extremely untalented and overrated. Zach de la Rocha's rhymes and message is as powerful as that of Malcolm X's or Vlad I Lenin's, Zach and the other two (but especially Zach) inspired my needed distrust and dislike for capitalism and the American dream. Chester Bennington and Fred Durst can't compete!! Tom Morello's rap-inspired metal guitars will make you bang your head non-stop. He can lay out "regular" guitar solos (such as in "Take the Power Back") and his signature "video game" effects (check out "Killing in the Name"). He's today's equivalent to Jimi Hendrix if you ask me. Timmy C.'s bass lines will shake the life out of your speakers. He's a really creative bass player; he can make his bass sound like a guitar and he'll make some really weird and funky beats unheard before. Let's see Linkin Park's bassist beat Tim!! Tim is up there with John Paul Jones and Flea. Brad Wilk can play your average R&B drum beats and convert to heavy metal drum solos within one song without sounding out of place (not an easy task). Brad kicks LP's drummer right in the butt and keeps him down!! Rage was one of the true anti-pop groups. They made huge profits, but they used their money to help their cause by funding political groups they sympathized with (such as the EZLN and Leonard Peltier National Defense Commitie). Back in 1992, Rage blew everything else out of the water, they gave 100% on every song. Here's the grades. Bombtrack: 10/10. Killing in the Name: 10/10. Take the Power Back: 10/10. Settle for Nothing: 10/10. Bullet in the Head: 10/10. Know Your Enemy: 10/10. Wake Up: 10/10. Fistful of Steel: 10/10. Township Rebellion: 10/10. Freedom: 10/10. Total: 100/100 A hard-earned A+. Unfortunatelly, Rage broke up and this vomit-enducing super group named Audioslave formed. Their "easy-listening" vomit for music by no means is better, let alone equal to the material found here. Forget Audioslave and stick to the brilliant Rage Against the Machine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a frenzie of anger, frustration, and pure energy. Every song on this album hits you hard and forces you to bob your head. This album grabs your attention and never lets go. With brilliant guitar and great lyrics, you can't go wrong with this rap-metal masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the most complete album i have ever heard and owned. rage to me is the greatest band ever.they better have a reunion before i die, or before timmy gets himself in prison haha. but yea buy this album and u will be hooked.RAGE!!