Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eeyah USER (9 Reviews)
January 21st, 2012 | 16 replies | 2,523 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: RATM burst onto the scene with a bang

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

In 2004 Green Day released one of angrier albums of the post-9/11 21st century (in other words, the only 21st century). Featuring satirical lyrics focused at the Bush administration and loud catchy guitar, "American Idiot" became one of the biggest hits of my generation. Sadly a little band named Rage Against the Machine did it before and much better; and so I go back in time to 1992 to listen incendiary 1992 debut. Needless to say, it lives up to expectations.

Starting off with "Bombtrack", the album introduces us to the guilty subjects. We get the calm, meditative guitar of Tom Morello that at any moment can switch moods and kick the color right out of you. Then there's Zack De La Rocha, who doesn't have the best voice in rock but it comes into great use when he's rapping. Finally there's the rhythm section, Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums). This foursome take a page from the RHCP book and combines funk with metal, creating a unique sound that many later bands would try to copy once Nu-Metal took over the airwaves.

Really it is kind of hard to explain this album song by song, so I'll just point all the things that I like. First off, there's Tom's guitar. On later album, he would employ a turntable-like scratching effect to his guitar for his solos, but in this album he sticks with straight-up thrash guitar. On the funk side, there's Tim, who definitely knows his way around four-strings. In fact, is it inaccurate to say that he's on the same level as Flea? On the drums, there's Brad, who is one of the best drummers in nineties rock. He plays with the intensity of John Bonham and virtuosity of Kieth Moon. Finally there's Zack's vocal. His voice is delivered like nails to a black board. When a RATM song comes on the radio, it is his voice that immediately registers; be it when he's rapping or howling.

And that sums up the album. Taken on their own, the songs sound like part a larger puzzle. When together, we get a very angry painting that never takes it foot off the pedal. I wish I could review the songs the same way I did on "Elephant", but they need to be heard together in order to get the same effect. Check ya head, then check it out.



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ILJ
January 20th 2012



6615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Really it is kind of hard to explain this album song by song"

If you can't explain it, you shouldn't write a review about it, especially for an album like this.

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MO
January 21st 2012



18231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't believe it's been 20 years since this dropped. This album has aged so well. Will never get old.

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fsharptrit0ne
January 21st 2012



4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WE GOTTA TAKE THE POWER BACK.
yea album is timeless

renegadestrings
January 21st 2012



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the intro is completely... i don't even know

Urinetrouble
January 21st 2012



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

band needs to put out another record or at least do a 20th anniversary thing for this record

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2012



5982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why so many rhcp references

ShadowRemains
January 21st 2012



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wake uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup
wake uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup

wacknizzle
January 21st 2012



12615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

UHH, KILLIN IN THE NAME OF

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2012



30873 Comments


There are words missing from this review

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2012



21575 Comments


might 4 this sometime

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Eeyah
January 21st 2012



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey guys, sorry the review isn't really review, its just an appraisal of the band members. next review will be better.

Pentagon
January 21st 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You just talk about the things you like in this review, and nothing that you don't like. You've also missed/misspelled a bunch of words.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 21st 2012



3663 Comments


uh

DominionMM1
January 21st 2012



9534 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

slays for days

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thumbcrusher
January 21st 2012



3574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i wont neg but tbh this isn't a review

omnipanzer
January 22nd 2012



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"There are words missing from this review"

Absolutely

"Then there's Zack De La Rocha, who doesn't have the best voice in rock but it comes into great use when he's rapping. "

He's not a rock singer, it doesn't make sense to compare him to one.


I love your enthusiasm for the album but this review needs some serious correcting.


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