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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

The best of RATM

This album is the pinnacle of the music that Rage against the Machine produced over the 8 or so mainstream years of their success. It is a bitter, hostile, rebellious, angry and intense album which is sure to please any hard rock fan. The lyrics are deep and attractive and show resemblance to the sound of their debut album, with a few acceptations. At a first listen of this album, the stand out tracks would be Guerrilla Radio, Sleep now in the fire, mic check and testify. But with that in mind, the rest of the tracks grow on you pretty quickly. Overall a top effort from the boys and sure to please any hard rock/metal fan. Btw try and catch em at the BDO if you get a chance. Cheers.

Rage against

greatest album eva.. these guy will neva get old!!! A must have

A+++++

Thyis is an absolutely awesome album by one of the most influential bands of their time this album speaks to me in many ways the use of the De la Rochas excellent vocals And Morrela being a supberb guitarist combination its a match made in heaven. Sleep Now in The Fire, Guerrila Radio and Mic Check Are a Few tracks which stand out on one of the best rock albums of the 90s'

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Rage Against the Machine earned acclaim from disenfranchised fans (and not insignificant derision from critics) for their bombastic, fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of punk, hip-hop, and thrash. Rage formed in Los Angeles in the early '90s out of the wreckage of a number of local groups: vocalist Zack de la Rocha (the son of Chicano political artist Beto) emerged from...
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