Also known as Rage or RATM

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.

The teacher stands in front of the class
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)
by chris88 December 30, 2005
Top Definition
The only rap-rock band that ever had talent.
by Anonymous September 05, 2003
THE BEST FUCKING BAND TO EVER WALK THE FACE OF THE EARTH. A politically charged revolutionary band fueled by the searing riffs of Tom Morello, the bumping bass of Tim Commeford (aka. Tim Bob, Simmerin' T, Y Tim K, and variuos other aliases), the dramatic lyricks of Zach De La Rocha, and the awesome drums of Brad Wilk.
" GE is gonna' flex and annex the truth, NBC is gonna flex and impose their image on you, all while forcing out ears to go deaf to the screams in the South."
by R master Skazzle fo Razzle January 15, 2004
A group of Harvard grads who got together and made one of the best bands ever. They sung about poltical shit in a way that made you think. They made grat music. They broke up and made Audioslave.
"People of the Sun" is their best song.
Long Live RAGE!!!!
by tsunami January 02, 2005
Popular rap metal band of the 1990s consisting of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commeford, and drummer Brad Wilk. Broke up in 2001 and changed into Audioslave.
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.
If you are an anarchist or are just angry with the system you live in, then Rage Against the Machine is the band for you.
by TheEye5000 September 17, 2004
I'm guessing that the "corporate whore" remark got voted off of here already. Fucking excellent. RATM is the greatest group I have ever heard, bar none. If I could choose only one band to listen to the rest of my life, RATM would be it. As for using a major record label, I find in more ironic than bad that they use a corporation to produce and sell their anti-corporate message. Otherwise, they would never have spread the word so well as they have. Just to bad they split up. It blows worse than anything could.
"RATM has th most talented guitar player in the world"
by Johnny B. February 10, 2004
1. v. To rebel, revolt; To actively or passively fight society or the government.

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.
1. Don't listen to the lies the government tells you, man. Rage against the machine.

2. Don't listen to the lies the government tells you, man. Listen to Rage Against the Machine.
by Switch March 13, 2005
One of the most successful rock bands of the 1990's. They defined the nu-metal genre, with an invigorating blend of rap and rock.

Now, to the downside: RATM was signed to the "evil empire": Epic Records -- the RIAA lawsuit wielding, spyware cd distributing crooks they rail against in their songs, making them millionaires in the process - how's that for irony?

They also introduced the worst fad in decades: "Che Guevara" t-shirts. The man spend his life fighting against capitalism, and little teenage punks buy overpriced t-shirts with his name on it because they associate his image with "rebellion" or "standing up for the people," when they haven't read one history book on his life.

Ignorant RATM fans can downvote this all they'd like, but they still have true fans, like myself, who enjoy their music and their overall goal of raising youth's interest in politics, but realize that they're just as backwards as every other corporate whore band.
Dumb Rage against the Machine fan: Dude, why are you hating on them, man? They're totally not corporate whores!

Me: Can you not see that "EPIC Records" logo on the CD, tard? Epic Records has also signed Jennifer Lopez and Celine's that "raging" against the machine?
by Che spinning in his grave June 15, 2009

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