Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine


5.0
classic

Review

by battleinthenorth USER (30 Reviews)
November 1st, 2013 | 93 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rage's debut is a monumental accomplishment that never once dips in quality and remains as essential now as ever.

Rage Against The Machine have stood proud as one of the best known and most influential metal bands ever since the release of their eponymous debut twenty-one years ago. They began their rise to fame with the release of such songs as Killing In The Name, the song that sent them soaring up the music charts and ensured their album sold by the sackful. More recently, the band encountered a return to the forefront of the music scene through their inclusion in the highly successful Guitar Hero video game series and the re-release of Killing In The Name, which eventually earned the Number One spot in the charts at Christmas in the U.K.

Released in 1992, the band's first studio album is widely regarded as their finest work, seamlessly blending elements of metal, hard rock and hip-hop. Blistering guitar solos, tight instrumental work across the board and tight rap flows and agonized screams are the bread and butter of this release, and keep it feeling fresh throughout. The bass work is among the finest in commercial metal, from the memorable and infectious introduction to Bombtrack that kicks off the album to the rumbling on Fistful Of Steel that bridges the gap between the drums and Tom Morello's guitar work. Riff-wise, this is easily the most creative the band got, with Killing In The Name boasting a brilliant riff set whilst Settle For Nothing has an extremely deliberate, menacing atmosphere that stands out from the rest of the songs.

Numerous songs on here stick out as instant classics, from the funky bassline that introduces Take The Power Back to the furious, crazed frenzy of politically charged lyrical content that is Fistful Of Steel. However, the real pinnacle of Rage's monumental and highly influential debut album would be Know Your Enemy. The introductory guitar line to this bounces around whilst a very catchy drum beat builds up to a very heavy and unforgettable guitar riff. Zack's rapping on this song is far and away his best on the album, with some very well written, powerful lyrics that will incite fury in the listener's mind. His lyrical content is often very political, showing a blatant disrespect for the Government and it is this winning combination of defiance and anger that makes him the real star of the show. He roars and shouts his way through various sections of songs, whilst showing himself to be a more than talented rapper.

Rage Against The Machine's debut is an album that went on to influence nearly every rap-rock/rap-metal band to come after them, and is a spectacular accomplishment in music that everyone deserves to hear at least once in their life. From Zack's out-of-control rap flows to the sickeningly well-crafted guitar riffs, this is a magnificent album from cover to cover.



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Tunaboy45
November 1st 2013


2542 Comments


Fantastic review

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BigPleb
November 1st 2013


37153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YEEEEEEE WHAT ABOUT THAT SUCKA?!!

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trainofconsequence
November 1st 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Killer album

Moonchipz
November 1st 2013


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like the part where he goes UGH

DominionMM1
November 1st 2013


10108 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i like the part where he talks about government oppression

RotheLorde
November 1st 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

An absolute classic despite the politics.

BigPleb
November 1st 2013


37153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking lol.

demigod!
November 1st 2013


44726 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best album ever

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

KNOW YOUR ENEMY!

psyclonus
November 1st 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the bit where he's really angry.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013


6277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like the last 30 seconds of "Freedom."

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sapient
November 1st 2013


2102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WAKEEEEEEEEE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!

I've essentially had the amazingness of this album ingrained into me since I first heard Wake Up at the end of The Matrix
when I was 5

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Green Baron
November 1st 2013


20006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i like the part where he goes UGH [2]

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ShadowRemains
November 1st 2013


21058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

main riff in wake up (not the kashmir mimic) is so good

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BigPleb
November 1st 2013


37153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So many good basslines on here.

Bullet in the Head, Freedom and Township Rebellion for best outros ever.

sapient
November 1st 2013


2102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So many good UGHs on here

BigPleb
November 1st 2013


37153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Standing in line

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2013


10855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wake Up is definitely the best song of it's kind

sapient
November 1st 2013


2102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Believing the lies

BigPleb
November 1st 2013


37153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your bowing down to the flag



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