Rage Against the Machine XX [20th Anniversary Special Edition]

Rage Against the Machine XX [20th Anniversary Special Edition]

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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… See more details below

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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. [In 2012, an expanded edition of the album titled XX was released, which tacked on three live tracks and a disc of original demos, along with a DVD of music videos and live performances.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2012
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0887654121523
catalogNumber:
541215
Rank:
45379

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rage Against the Machine   Primary Artist
Zack de la Rocha   Vocals
Maynard James Keenan   Vocals
Tom Morello   Guitar
Stephen Perkins   Percussion,Trash Cans
Brad Wilk   Drums
Timmy C.   Bass

Technical Credits

Rage Against the Machine   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Auburn Burrell   Engineer
Peter Christopherson   Direction
Chuck D   Liner Notes
Zack de la Rocha   Composer,Lyricist
GGGarth   Producer,Engineer
Rick Rubin   Executive Producer
Stan Katayama   Engineer
Nicky Lindeman   Art Direction
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Neil Kellerhouse   Art Direction
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Joel Lonky   Engineer
Peter Gideon   Direction

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