Hard-rock/hip hop band formed in 1992. Members included Zach De La Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums). Famous for being one of the few rap-rock bands that actually had talent. Combining De La Rocha's dynamic leftist vocals with the grinding sound of Commerford's bass, their 1st album, the self-titled "Rage Against The Machine" was a huge hit in the USA, and featured large amounts of airplay. The band was criticised by their decision to sign for EPIC records, because of their anger towards large corporations, however Tom Morello stated that without a major record label, they wouldn't be able to get their message across to as many people, which was really their target. The song "Wake Up" was featured on the credits to The Matrix, and the track "Killing In The Name" is on GTA: San Andreas.
In 1996 the band released their second album, "Evil Empire", which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 in America. The album's title draws on a label, "evil empire" used by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and many Western conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union.
The band released "Live and Rare", a mixture of live tracks and non-album covers, in 1998. In 1999 they released "The Battle of Los Angeles", once again reaching the top spot on the Billboard Chart. It featured the tracks "Guerilla Radio" which was on Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, and "Calm Like A Bomb" was on the credits of The Matrix Reloaded. The album has a much heavier sound than what was featured on their 1992 and 1996 offerings. Many Rage fans dislikled this, as it was felt that the band was moving too far towards the Nu-metal genre.
Zach De La Rocha also felt this, and after releasing "Renegades", a CD of covers of various artists, he left the band. He was also fuelled by the incident at the MTV awards in 2000, after which Tim Commerford spent a night in an LA jail. Many people believed that Rage split up over a row about money, but whatever the reason, at least they finished when the still had credability. "The Battle of Los Angeles" wasn't a poor album, but it was nowhere near matching their self-titled debut. Had they have made a bad album after "The Battle of Los Angeles" then they might not still be as popular as they are today.
Morello, Commerford and Wilk joined with ex-Soundgarden singer, Chris Cornell, to form Audioslave. They are currently writing their third album after two very good releases. Their first album, "Audioslave", reached the #7 spot on the Billboard charts in 2002, whereas "Out Of Exile" debuted at #1 in 2005.
But the lesson plan he can’t recall
The student’s eyes don’t perceive the lies
Bouncing off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
Bullshit that he learned in school
From Take The Power Back, Rage Against The Machine (1992)
Long Live RAGE!!!!
Known for their left-wing political views (and lyrics), and for instigating the nu-metal genre of the late 1990s. Unlike most modern nu-metal bands, however, they included many traditional heavy metal techniques such as guitar riffs and solos.
2. v. One of the best and biggest bands of the 90s; in this respect, comparable to Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They are the other (see Korn) band that led to the nu-metal explosion of the late 90s. The band is known for its extremist militant left-wing liberal lyrics; in fact, RATM was formed to promote the message of a badly-needed rebellion. They are commonly hated by conservatives and feared by soccer moms. They have been accused of using their popularity to promote a liberal agenda among fans; to those people I merely say: THAT'S THE POINT OF THE BAND, YOU FUCKWIT.
The band was composed of driving force, frontman and rapper Zack de la Rocha, fantastic bass player Timmy C, guitarist extraordinaire Tom Morello and the incomparable drummer Brad Wilk. Timmy, Tom and Brad have since joined with the former lead singer of Soundgarden and become Audioslave.
Rage Against the Machine have a completely unique sound. Rapped lyrics accompany guitars with riffs and solos typical of metal, the bass has a heavy influence on the music, resembling funk, and the drums are reminiscent of hardcore punk, but best described as psycho. They also have a very raw sound when compared to most nu-metal. The first album, slef-titled, bears the disclaimer NO SAMPLES, KEYBOARDS OR SYNTHESIZERS USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS RECORDING.
Rage Against the Machine sold out, a severely disappointing fact. Since then, the band has divided, leading to Audioslave and the solo career of Zack de la Rocha. Zack, unlike Audioslave, keeps the intensity and spirit of rebellion in his music.
2. Don't listen to the lies the government tells you, man. Listen to Rage Against the Machine.
Tha fifth sun sets get back reclaim
Tha spirit of Cuahtemoc alive an untamed
Now face tha funk now blastin' out ya speaker, on tha one Maya, Mexica
That vulture came ta try and steal ya name
But now you got a gun, yeah this is for the people of the sun" - for those who don't know 'Tet' (the Tet Offensive) was a big attack which took place in the Vietnam war and a lot of people died.