Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is a rap metal band that experienced major commercial success with their 1992 debut self-titled album. Consisting of Zach de la Rocha on vocals, Tom Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on bass, and Brad Wilk on drums, the quartet were hugely influential in the nu metal scene of the late 90’s.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine is a highly political band, almost always critical of government in their songs. This element of angry, steadfast activism is part of what makes the band a successful group: their message never wavers, even as the band grows over time.
Upon releasing their debut album, Rage Against the Machine experienced their most acclaimed release critically and commercially. The first single to be released from the album was “Killing in the Name of,” which continues to be their best known song. It is also their most successful single in the UK, where it reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart for Christmas week 2009 due to a campaign by fans.
Their debut album is often cited as a catalyst for the nu metal movement, yet is by far the most authentic, successful blend of heavy metal and rap.
Their sophomore album, Evil Empire, received extensive radio airplay in 1996 with their singles “Bulls on Parade,” “People of the Sun,” and “Down Rodeo.” The band recorded one more original studio album in 1999 titled The Battle of Los Angeles. This contained the singles “Testify,” “Guerrilla Radio,” “Sleep Now in the Fire,” and “Calm Like a Bomb.”
After releasing a covers-only album in 2000 titled Renegades, fronted by the single “Renegades of Funk,” the band disbanded after tensions mounted within the group. Zach de lo Rocha went on to a solo career which didn’t materialize, while the rest of the band hired new management and continued on with Audioslave.
In 2007, the band reunited to headline at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This successful gig led to more touring dates by the band throughout the following years. The band has been rumored to have been working on a fourth studio album, but Morello has denied those rumors
- Rage Against The Machine (1992)
- Evil Empire (1996)
- The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)
- Rengades (2000)
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