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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 the mostinfluential rock bands of the past twenty years. The politically charged lyrics of vocalist Zack de la Rocha combined with the magician's bag ofriffs and effects courtesy of guitarist Tom Morello were the essential one-two punch that led to RATM's ascension to the top of the charts inthe 1990s and early 2000s. Along with the solid rhythm section of bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, RATM created a definitivesound, effectively mixing rap ...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 the mostinfluential rock bands of the past twenty years. The politically charged lyrics of vocalist Zack de la Rocha combined with the magician's bag ofriffs and effects courtesy of guitarist Tom Morello were the essential one-two punch that led to RATM's ascension to the top of the charts inthe 1990s and early 2000s. Along with the solid rhythm section of bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, RATM created a definitivesound, effectively mixing rap and hard rock like few, 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. Following their breakthrough success, the bandextensively toured, which was highlighted by their infamous Lollapalooza stint in which the band stood naked for several minutes to protestcensorship. Nearly half a decade later, in 1996, the band returned with "Evil Empire", a hip-hop and rhythmic oriented effort which featuredthe alternative radio staple "Bulls on Parade", complete with quasi-DJ scratching soloing, as well as "Down Rodeo". RATM continued to fightover its creative direction and neglected to tour following the release of the record, due to the conflict existing between Zach and the rest ofthe band. The band soldiered on and in 1999 released their third LP "The Battle of Los Angeles". The album eventually garnered Rage aGrammy win for "Guerilla Radio", and the two other main singles "Testify"and "Sleep Now in the Fire" kept the album on the top of the charts,leading to double platinum sales. The following year, RATM released "Renegades", a cover album featuring many of the band members'influences, but shortly after the release Zach de la Rocha announced his departure from the band, citing creative differences, leaving theinstrumental trio without a singer.

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

Vocals: Zack de la RochaGuitar: Tom MorelloBass: Tim CommerforldDrums: Brad Wilk « hide

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LPs
Renegades
2000

3.4
1,605 Votes
The Battle of Los Angeles
1999

4
2,928 Votes
Evil Empire
1996

3.8
2,575 Votes
Rage Against The Machine
1992

4.4
4,246 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)
2003

4.2
240 Votes
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
2003

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

4.1
73 Votes
Rage Against the Machine (DVD)
1997

4.1
66 Votes
Bombs Over Brixton '96 / Fear Is Your Only God
1996

4.5
2 Votes
Compilations
Rage Against The Machine XX
11/27/2012

4.7
15 Votes
The Collection
2010

4.2
15 Votes
Live & Rare
1998

3.7
119 Votes
Rage Against The Machine (Demo)
1991

4.3
2 Votes

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