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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
 
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Shitty overrated rap rock band. Use a catalog of about four guitar chords with some screechy Mc named Zack De La Rocca who panders to uninformed people (I.e. people who think child killer Che Guevara was a hero because he's on a t-shirt.) Utter shit.
I don't think I wiped all the Rage Against the Machine off my ass.
by Señor Piñor January 28, 2014
 
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A leftist rap/rock group from the 1990s who sang about the evils of capitalism and corporate greed, then made millions and broke up over money. See also hypocrite
"Rage against the Machine was a popular band among spoiled college students and angst-ridden high schoolers."
by Deej July 16, 2004
 
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THE BEST ROCK/METAL RAP BAND EVER. A revolutionary band put together by Tom Morello (lead guitarist) and Zach De La Rocha (Lead Singer). They talk about the secrets of government of people. Their best known song is probably 'Killing In The Name Of'. True to their music and actually produce real stuff; pop (poop) fans who don't like them can go suck eggs and are just losers who can't recognise good music.
Rage Fan: Have you heard Killing In The Name Of?
Poop Fan: No. Have you heard never say n..... (loud bang interupts him and he drops abruptly to the floor)
Rage Fan: Don't ever name him or his songs again. No one copares to Rage Against The Machine
by Lil' SkreamZ December 18, 2012
 
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(3/4 in an ok band called audioslave) RATM are one of the most under rated yet greatest bands ever, anyone who says they never did anything to change things obviously has no clue wat there talkin about, protests, rallies etc yes they may have sold records but in the capitalist world the only option (sadly is money) they got noticed due to this. Rage rule anyone who says otherwise needs there head examined. nuff sed!!
Oh ye put on sum rage
ye rage kick ass
by Anonymous September 20, 2003
 
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A band formed in 1991 who helped create the rock/rap genre along with Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

See also THE GREATEST BAND EVER
Hey Joe, you know what rocks?

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SLUT.
by FreePablo January 05, 2004
 
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Fucking immense band. Everyone with any sense of rock music should listen to RATM. They rule. Shouldn't have broken up so early, but still made 4 quality albums.
Rage Against The Machine rock. Tom Morello is a legend and genius. If you only think they are good because of their lyrics just listen to some of Morellos guitar solos : Kick out the Jams, Know your enemy for example. They are musical genius. If anything they are highly underrated
by FraZ October 30, 2005