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Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine

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Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance -- though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. While the former's roots in '80s heavy metal shredding gave rise to an inimitable array of six-string acrobatics and rhythmic special effects (few of which anyone else has managed to replicate), the latter delivered meaningful rhymes with an emotionally charged conviction that suburban white boys of the ensuing nu-metal generation could never hope to touch. As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like "Bombtrack," "Take the Power Back," and "Know Your Enemy" were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as "Settle for Nothing," "Bullet in the Head," and the particularly venomous "Wake Up" (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" riff for his own needs) -- all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. And even listeners who were unable (or unwilling) to fully process the band's unique clash of muscle and intellect were catered to, as RATM were able to convey their messages through stubborn repetition via the fundamental challenge of "Freedom" and their signature track, "Killing in the Name," which would become a rallying cry of disenfranchisement, thanks to its relentlessly rebellious mantra of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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1
Bombtrack Explicit
00:04:04

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Guitar - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Killing In the Name Explicit
00:05:14

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Take the Power Back Explicit
00:05:37

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Settle for Nothing
00:04:49

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - Timothy Commerford, Composer, Lyricist - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Brad J. Wilk, Composer, Lyricist - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Bullet In the Head Explicit
00:05:09

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Producer - James Keenan - Tom Morello, Guitar - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer - Auburn Burrell, Recording Engineer - Timmy C., Bass

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Know Your Enemy Explicit
00:04:55

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Wake Up
00:06:04

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Fistful of Steel
00:05:31

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - Timothy Commerford, Composer, Lyricist - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Brad Wilk, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Township Rebellion Explicit
00:05:24

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Brad Wilk, Drums - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Freedom
00:06:06

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Arranger, Associated Performer, Lyricist, Producer - James Keenan - Timothy Commerford, Composer, Lyricist - GGGarth, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Jeff Sheehan, Assistant Engineer - Brad Wilk, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Stephen Perkins Add., Percussion - Craig Doubet, Assistant Engineer - ANDY WALLACE, Mixing Engineer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Timmy C., Bass - Stan Katayama, Recording Engineer

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence and sheer brilliance -- though countless bands have certainly tried. This is probably because the uniquely combustible creative relationship between guitar wizard Tom Morello and literate rebel vocalist Zack de la Rocha could only burn this bright, this once. While the former's roots in '80s heavy metal shredding gave rise to an inimitable array of six-string acrobatics and rhythmic special effects (few of which anyone else has managed to replicate), the latter delivered meaningful rhymes with an emotionally charged conviction that suburban white boys of the ensuing nu-metal generation could never hope to touch. As a result, syncopated slabs of hard rock insurrection like "Bombtrack," "Take the Power Back," and "Know Your Enemy" were as instantly unforgettable as they were astonishing. Yet even they paled in comparison to veritable clinics in the art of slowly mounting tension such as "Settle for Nothing," "Bullet in the Head," and the particularly venomous "Wake Up" (where Morello revises Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" riff for his own needs) -- all of which finally exploded with awesome power and fury. And even listeners who were unable (or unwilling) to fully process the band's unique clash of muscle and intellect were catered to, as RATM were able to convey their messages through stubborn repetition via the fundamental challenge of "Freedom" and their signature track, "Killing in the Name," which would become a rallying cry of disenfranchisement, thanks to its relentlessly rebellious mantra of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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