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Rage Against the Machine

Although their initial run was relatively short in nature, Rage Against the Machine is considered by critics and fans alike to be one of themost influential rock bands of the past twenty years. The politically charged lyrics of vocalist Zack de la Rocha combined with themagician's bag of riffs and effects courtesy of guitarist Tom Morello were the essential one-two punch that led to RATM's ascension to thetop of the charts in the 1990s and early 2000s. Along with the solid rhythmsectionofbassistTim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk,RATM created a definitive sound, effectively mixing rap and ...read more

Although their initial run was relatively short in nature, Rage Against the Machine is considered by critics and fans alike to be one of themost influential rock bands of the past twenty years. The politically charged lyrics of vocalist Zack de la Rocha combined with themagician's bag of riffs and effects courtesy of guitarist Tom Morello were the essential one-two punch that led to RATM's ascension to thetop of the charts in the 1990s and early 2000s. Along with the solid rhythmsectionofbassistTim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk,RATM created a definitive sound, effectively mixing rap and hardrocklikefew, if any,other rock bands had ever done before.

Their self-titled first album, released in 1992, shook up the music industry and listeners alike behind such revolutionary singles as "Killing inthe Name", "Bullet in the Head", and "Bombtrack", eventually going triple platinum.Followingtheirbreakthroughsuccess, the bandextensively toured, which was highlighted by their infamous Lollapalooza stint inwhichtheband stoodnaked for several minutes to protestcensorship. Nearly half a decade later, in 1996, the band returnedwith"EvilEmpire", ahip-hop and rhythmic oriented effort which featuredthe alternative radio staple "Bulls on Parade",completewithquasi-DJscratching soloing, as well as "Down Rodeo". RATM continued to fightover its creative direction andneglectedtotourfollowing the release of the record, due to the conflict existing between Zach and the rest ofthe band. Thebandsoldieredonand in 1999 released their third LP "The Battle of Los Angeles". The album eventually garnered Rage a Grammy win for"Guerilla Radio", and the two other main singles "Testify" and "Sleep Now in The Fire" kept the album on the topofthecharts,leadingto double platinum sales. The following year, RATM released "Renegades", a cover album featuring manyofthebandmembers'influences, but shortly after the release Zach De La Rocha announced his departure from theband,citingcreativedifferences,leaving the instrumental trio without a singer.

In 2001, the remaining members (Tom, Brad, Tim) hooked up with former Soundgarden vocalist ChrisCornell and formed Audioslave, which released three successful albums in the 2000s, while De La Rocha attempted to record asoloalbumwithpoor results. Following Cornell's departure from Audioslave in 2007, RATM reunited and has played several key shows at major venues such as Coachella and Lollapalooza over the past few years, leaving fans salivating for some new material or a full touring schedule. In July 2011, they will be the featured artist at the "L.A. Rising" festival, which will be the band's only scheduled performance of the calendar year. Regardless of what happens in their future, Rage Against the Machine will remain as one of the most original and essential bands of hard rock...and if they were angry during the Clinton administration,imagine what they could have done with Bush had they stuck around for the ride...

Vocals: Zack de la Rocha Guitar: Tom Morello Bass: Tim Commerforld Drums: Brad Wilk « hide

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LPs
Renegades
2000

3.4
1,356 Votes
The Battle of Los Angeles
1999

4
2,493 Votes
Evil Empire
1996

3.8
2,137 Votes
Rage Against the Machine
1992

4.4
3,505 Votes
EPs
Testify
2000

3.6
46 Votes
Guerilla Radio
1999

3.9
4 Votes
Live Albums
Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)
2003

4.2
234 Votes
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
2003

3.8
226 Votes
The Battle of Mexico City (DVD)
2001

4
74 Votes
Live & Rare
1998

3.7
117 Votes
Rage Against the Machine (DVD)
1997

4
65 Votes
Compilations
The Collection
2010

4.3
16 Votes

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