View Full Version : (Political Rock/rap/metal) Rage Against the Machine-Evil Empire

11-22-2003, 07:02 PM
Rage Against the Machine....

What can you say about them other than they rock?! Evil Empire is the second of four studio albums (3 of original material, 1 of covers) and in my opinion, is the best, and most focused of the three.

This album (as all others) features the bands kick-ass lineup of:
GUITARS: Tom Morello
BASS: Tim Commerford
DRUMS: Brad Wilk
VOCALS: Zack de la Rocha

All sounds made on the album, are created by the instruments or de la Rocha's voice. Morello makes some interesting sounds with his uniqe style of guitar playing (especially on songs like Bulls on Parade)


1. People of the sun--Like all Rage Against the Machine(I'm not putting this for all songs, so just assume I mean it) this song is no exception. The lyrics focus on noen other than the "People of the Sun" the Mexicas. THe guitar is loud and in-your-face, the bass is prominent. The drums strong, and de la Rocha's voice...well...you either love it or you hate it, but for those of us that love it, is in your face, and conveying his message quite nicely.

2. Bulls on Parade--much the same as the review for the previos song, this is probably the most recognizable song on this album. Catchier than People of the Sun, and some cool noises made on Morello's guitar. The lyrics (I believe) refer to war (soldiers being Bulls and fighting/walking around=parading around)

3. Vietnow--Lyrics focusing on a radio station that informs the people of the REAL events...yada yada yada...This song is chock full of references to past political/cultural fiascos, most notably the KKK ("crosses and kerosine") excellent basslines and guitar work. drums are solid, and vocals are top notch.

4. Revolver--this song goes from quiet to loud, and makes it work. Few songs do this. Notable ones taht do are Tool's Parabol/parabola, but that is on a different scale. This song opens with mind boggling effects that sound like they would have had to be made on a synthesizer, and then goes into a soft drone with Zack singing about how men are worth more than women (relaying back to pre-WW2 ways of thinking) Once again, tight music, great vocals. It's a very good song, and the quiet-to-loud part works well, but it gets a bit (and I mean a TINY bit) annoying in the end. excellent song nonetheless.

5. Snakecharmer--(NOTE--a snakecharmer-for those who don't know-is the person who plays a clarinet like instrument, and make snakes seem to dance up out of a pot) I'm sure in some way, this is reflected in the lyrics, but I can't figure it out. The lyrics seem to be about .....I don't know really:( a good song nonetheless.

6. Tire Me-- Opens with a solid bassline and cymbals.....builds up to a great instrumental section with Zack screaming over it--awesome. About poeple getting in your way trying to slow you down (or tire you). nice effects on the guitar again in thios song. Fades into a bridge, which is just Zack singing, and Wilk going consistantly on his cymbal, the breaking into the chorus. excellently structured.

7. Down Rodeo--Pronounced Rodao (long A sound) nice effects again. The musci is once again very tight, and the lyrics seemingly about the old days (days of slavery) and all white domination.

"Now I'm rollin Down Rodeo with a shotgun,
these people ain't seen
a brown skinned man,
since their grandparents bought one"

the Effects are powerful throughout the song, through the verse and chorus. Powerful Lyrics, Musically together, great and consistent effects.

8. Without a face--This song is about being insignificant in the grand scheme of things. like I have said fro every other song, Great, tight, all-there music, good sound effects.

9. Wind Below 3.5/5
10. Roll Right 3.5/5
11. Year of the Boomerang. 4/5

these are three completely separate songs that havbe nothing to do with each other, however, rather than become tediously repetitive, these are all amazing songs, and are unmatched in terms of sound quality. Lyrics and everything. three great songs!


Tom Morello is a guitar genius, and Tim Commerford is amazing to be able to write the way he does, and keep up with Morello. Wilk is a great drummer, and can keep any beat that the others throw out. Zack de la Rocha's Lyrics are a unique, and very left wing combo of excellence, brilliance, meaningfulness and well presented beauty.

In My opinion, this is NOT the best album in the world, but it is certainly my favourite of all time (so far).

My totally biased opinion is ***** (5/5)
My totally unbiased opinion is ****(4/5)

few flaws, and great music and vocals. to be fair and objective, I give this cd a 4/5 rating. It is very much worth the money!

bass is good
12-01-2003, 10:24 AM
womp, great review, what d'ya think is the best song on the album (down rodeo IMO)

12-01-2003, 12:13 PM
Down Rodeo or Viet Now

Kid C
01-29-2004, 03:11 AM
Snakcharmer or Year of tha Boomerang

01-29-2004, 03:26 AM
Tire Me or Down Rodeo for me.

01-29-2004, 07:19 AM
I think that this is their worst album.

People Of The Sun is my favourite.. I love the chorus..

01-29-2004, 09:44 AM
People of the sun was a nice change as it clocks in at about 2 minutes. I always liked Bulls on Parade best and sorry but I can't STAND Tire Me. Good review though.

01-29-2004, 12:21 PM
down rodeo is my favourite song from the album.

well done on the review. :thumb:

01-29-2004, 05:00 PM
One of my top albums in my NPC Greatest Albums List.

01-31-2004, 12:14 PM
I think that this is their worst album.

People Of The Sun is my favourite.. I love the chorus..

i agree, and you definately cant say it's their best album when you look at rage against the machine (self-titled)

Guerrilla Soldier
01-31-2004, 04:29 PM
this album took by far the longest of any rage record to "grow" on me - but i love it nowadays.

01-31-2004, 07:09 PM
robnathanson, you don't seem to have a very good idea of what the songs were trying to say.

I'd say year of the boomerang is the best song, maybe people of the sun.

01-31-2004, 08:44 PM
Is this the album with that song "You can plead the fifth but you can't plead the first" on it? 'Cause I heard that one on the radio before and I've wondered what it was called.

Guerrilla Soldier
02-01-2004, 10:21 AM
^yup, thats down rodeo

05-27-2004, 11:13 AM

Unless this was posted by the threadstarter, it's been stolen from here (this one was published before)

05-27-2004, 08:01 PM
^ I'm sorry, but it looks like robnathanson was the one who was plagiarized. That review was posted a couple weeks after his.

05-29-2004, 02:57 AM
that's what I said :rolleyes:

05-29-2004, 06:18 PM
Sorry, I must have misunderstood your post.

Unless this was posted by the threadstarter, it's been stolen from here

I thought by "here," you meant "the link," not "this thread."

05-29-2004, 08:26 PM
That's the way I understood it too YDload....

I hate plagiarists...

ignorant plaigiarising bastards

EDIT: I looked at that site at a few more of "that guy's" reviews, and I noticed all of them were stolen from this site........ :angry:

05-30-2004, 04:47 AM
Ok, sorry for any misunderstanding

05-30-2004, 05:15 AM
I wouldn't say its there best album on a first glance, as the riffs IMO aren't as catchy as the others. However it is a much better album in the scheme of being different.

05-30-2004, 11:09 AM
Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-05-27 17:59:45
My Score:

You stole this review from musicianforums.com


Yours was posted after his, so I assume you plagiarized it. You jerk.


anyways, good review, bulls on parade has been stuck in my head for weeks.

4.5/5 for the album

05-30-2004, 11:46 AM

good job Shredder


05-30-2004, 07:33 PM
This is there best cd by far. And Snakecharmer is the best song.

05-30-2004, 07:38 PM

good job Shredder


No, I was the one who posted that in the other forum.

05-31-2004, 08:16 AM
i like vietnow, and revolver, roll right, bulls on parade, down rodeo, the whole cd is great

05-31-2004, 01:45 PM
No, I was the one who posted that in the other forum.

my apologies...

good job YD Load

Hitler 69
05-31-2004, 05:40 PM
Is this the album with a certain song with a chorus which goes-

"War within a breath, this land of death" in the chorus?

06-12-2004, 05:59 AM
i love this album!

fav songs are down rodeo, people of the sun, veitnow and bulls on parade
i like all of them
Morello is god

06-12-2004, 10:22 PM
Is this the album with a certain song with a chorus which goes-

"War within a breath, this land of death" in the chorus?

the song you're referring to is "War Within A Breath" it is featured on the RATM album: The Battle of Los Angeles

meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned)
06-12-2004, 11:38 PM
yeah, my fave R.A.T.M song is not on that album, but my fave is "Know your enemy"

10-28-2004, 09:38 AM
vietnow and down rodeo, its what rage is all about, or were

10-28-2004, 02:44 PM
Good review. Favorite songs are "Snakecharmer" and "Bulls on Parade".