The Battle of Los Angeles [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
It's kind of hard to really rage against the machine when your band is like a supercharged battery cell that helps the machine operate more efficiently. Such is the dilemma that has plagued Rage Against the Machine since their career hit terminal velocity. But instead of coming up with reasons to justify their existence, Rage just continue to rage. Lyrically, they'll probably open some more young minds with their antigovernment, proletariat agenda, but it's their music that speaks most loudly. On its third album, THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES, the band expands upon its combustive rap-metal foundation, flavoring "Guerrilla Radio" with a guitar-generated "harmonica" solo, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
It's kind of hard to really rage against the machine when your band is like a supercharged battery cell that helps the machine operate more efficiently. Such is the dilemma that has plagued Rage Against the Machine since their career hit terminal velocity. But instead of coming up with reasons to justify their existence, Rage just continue to rage. Lyrically, they'll probably open some more young minds with their antigovernment, proletariat agenda, but it's their music that speaks most loudly. On its third album, THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES, the band expands upon its combustive rap-metal foundation, flavoring "Guerrilla Radio" with a guitar-generated "harmonica" solo, upping the burning funk quotient on "Calm Like a Bomb," and embellishing "Mic Check" with skittering beats, echoing feedback, and a staccato chorus that sounds not unlike electronica kingpins Prodigy. Throughout the disc, guitarist Tom Morello coaxes more otherworldly noises from his instrument than a DJ with a stack of sound-effect records, as vocalist Zack de la Rocha rails against the evildoers and capitalists who oppress the masses -- and, well, pay the band members' salaries.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Rage Against the Machine isn't really the only metal band that matters, but their aggressive social and political activism is refreshing, especially in an age of blind or usually self-directed rage due to groups like Limp Bizkit, Bush, or Nine Inch Nails. Recorded in less than a month, The Battle of Los Angeles is the most focused album of the band's career, exploding from the gate and rarely letting go the whole way through. Like a few other famous revolution-in-the-head bands most notably Minor Threat, Rage Against the Machine has always been blessed by the fact that the band is spewing just as much vitriol as its frontman. Any potential problems created here by Zack de la Rocha's one-note delivery and extremist polemics are smoothed over by songs and grooves that make it sound like the revolution really is here, from the single "Guerrilla Radio" to album highlights like "Mic Check," "Calm Like a Bomb," and "Born of a Broken Man." As on the previous two Rage Against the Machine albums, Tom Morello's roster of guitar effects and vicious riffs are nigh overpowering, and are as contagious as the band has ever been since their debut. De la Rocha is best when he has specific targets like the government or the case against Mumia Abu Jamal, but when he attempts to cover more general societal problems, he falters. If anything less than one of the most talented and fiery bands in the music world were backing him, The Battle of Los Angeles wouldn't be nearly as high-rated as it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646963029
  • Catalog Number: 69630
  • Sales rank: 9,696

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rage Against the Machine Primary Artist
Zack de la Rocha Vocals, Group Member
Tom Morello Guitar, Group Member
Brad Wilk Drums, Group Member
Y.tim K Bass
Technical Credits
Rage Against the Machine Producer, Art Direction
Zack de la Rocha Arranger, Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Russ Fowler Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tom Morello Arranger
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Tim Commerford Composer
Brad Wilk Arranger
Aimee MacAuley Art Direction
Andrew Garver Digital Editing
Ryan Williams Engineer
Joey Krebs Artwork
Sugar D Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad ass!!!!!!

    really really great cd!!!!!!!!!!! A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but how did this get through the raters?

    First off, this CD is AWESOME!!! Get it NOW. I have one question, though. In some tracks, "Guerilla Radio" especially, much profanity is being used. (Lights out: Guerilla Radio, Turn that s*** up, [repeat 4X].) How did this escape the PA label? If you are looking for a "clean" RATM CD, this one is not edited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rage=god

    Rage against the machine clearly, in this album, brings out huge political, envirmental, and social issues are brought out through the amazing musical presentation. I believe, they are the greatest band of the generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Los Angeles

    They've been called the Rolling Stones of their generation, and when you hear this album, you almost have to compare them to any great hard rock band in history. I love this album. Their mix of metal, funk and rap really ignites the musician in me. Buy this album, you will not be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever

    i loved this cd. it was really good. there was no bad song. every rage abulm is awsome. the only one a little, and i said a little, bad is evil empire. but mostly every song they made before breaking up was awsome. too bad, but everything good has to end, and its good they ended before selling out (not that i belive they even could.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best hard rockers of this era

    RATM is the pinnacle of vitriolic, no holding back music of the 90s. zach shouts, raps, and screams his fiery words against the government, while the incredible power of tom morello's guitar and that rest of the band back him up. This album is an unbelievable fusion of rap and rock. A must have for hard rockers wanting something more than the average nu metal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Battles Rages on...

    Good riffs again. Unfortunately, the level of some songs has disturbed by annnoying sound some songs have. The lyrics are good rebel stuff. "Testify", "Guerrilla Radio" and "Born of a Broken Man" are good 'killing' stuf. If you don't mind to use the word. But this album is almost equal with their first album. Only those sounds are annoying...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Battle of L.A. Rules!!!!!

    THis CD contains the perfect blend of heavy metal and rap. A really good CD for any metal fan, essential for any Rage Against the Machine fan. Must Have!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rage- Can't Stop Them Now !!!!

    Another mind-blowing album from Rage Against The Machine, possibly the most important band of the 90's! The Battle of LA is easily comparable with their debut album. Better than Evil Empire because they have returned to their roots. This is the perfect starting album for any new Rage fan. Evil Empire is much deeper, as they explore more their 'metal' side. Tom Morello is amazing and proves his prodigal guitar talent. Check out his 'harmonica solo' on Guerilla Radio.Vocalist Zack de la Rocha is as angry and powerful as ever, bringing his trademark tension to every track.Commerford is awesome on bass, as he proves in "Calm Like A Bomb", with a solo intro. Brad Wilk's fiery drumming highlights the whole album. This album is AMAZING. CHECK IT OUT. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT to anyone, it is a MUST-HAVE. A great summary of Rage's career, as they have now unfortunately broke up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I never was an all out rage fan, their music was always a little intimidating and it has very strong vibes. However this shouldn't stop anyone from going out and buying this cd.....there is awesome talent dispalyed on Battle of L.A. and all of their previous albums, don't miss it. The guys deserve a whole lot more credit then they are given.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best cds yet.

    This cd is one of the best.If you don't already have it go and buy it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A REALL BLAST FROM THE MACHINE

    This album is Rage Against the Machine at there best it offers classy songs with a great touch from Tom Morello on the Guitar Testify, Guerrilla Radio, Sleep Now in the fire and Born of a broken man are songs no other band could ever think of. BRILLIANT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rage Against the Machine is straight up Talent

    I believe that their new cd along with the old ones all kick so much butt! They are a good band with alot of talent. And they do not bore you cause the style of music is SO different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is my very best CD!!

    This is a real cool rock cd!! Because of this great cd I wanted to get more music of Rage Against the machine and also heard their other cd's: GREAT!! This band has their own style and it's very powerfull. The great vocals from Zach and Tom plays with his gitar on a great way! BUY THIS ONE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage's Best?

    After reading many reviews of The Battle of Los Angeles (BOLA), and from my personal listening I feel that this is not Rage's greatest work. Even though the band has focused the most energy into BOAL, they only spent a month recording in the studio, and it shows. Many of the songs are not enegetic, and it seems that the album does not transfer smoothly from track to track, but this is characterisic of Rage. But that should not keep you from buying this album. Yes it is a good, ok very good album but not their best. Their best work has past them and with Zack De La Roche (lead singer) going into the studio in New York to record a solo album it might appear that Rage is seing their end, but Tom Morello's (lead gituarist) gituar work still impresses me, Timmy C's (bass gituar) bass lines are still solid, and Brad Wilk (drummer) is starting to find is own style, the band is not yet quite finished. So buy BOLA and form your own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bee's reveiw

    I think Rage Against the Machine go off but there new albulm is a bit too much like the other ones I can't wait to mosh in your audience!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RATM MADE ANOTHER HIT!

    Hey man! It's RAGE!! Lights out! Guerrila Radio! C'mon! 1. buy the album 2. sit down 3.plug in stereo 4. turn up VOLUME!! PPL! it's rage against the machine. a gem! this surpasses all the other albums and i recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rage is the best

    I really love this album. Rage is one of the most intelligent bands out there today. Even if you don't think you'll like them, believe me you will once you hear this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Battle Of Los Angleles

    In my perspective Battle Of Los Angles is the best Rage CD so far. Evil empire was a little better than theyre self titled album but Battle Of Los Angeles beats them all out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rage Rocks

    a great CD that u can listen to all the way through

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