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The Battle of Los Angeles

Rage Against the Machine

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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

To Many, the best ever.....album...band....lyrics!!!!

If you needed to follow up Evil Empire, Rage did it with the Battle of Los Angeles. Tommy spanks his guitar like it's his own body part. Zach screams to the masses that want to listen with his political outrage and "F%^K" the goverment attitude. Good news is, they are tourng again. Maria, Vocie of the Voiceless give me shivers everytime I hear them. Born of a Broken man will go down as one of the best. Mic Check....can explain the feelings I get. Sumed up in one word... Amazing.

Amazing

Wow!!! Rage Against the Machine made their best album. The really, I mean REALLY good songs are Testify, Guerrilla Radio and Calm Like a Bomb. Whoever likes Rage Against the Machine will buy this album!!! :-)

One of the best

This has earned honours by ME to be one of the top albums of all time. Congratulations RATM. Now you have to go on tour together again to get your prize

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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