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The Battle Of Los Angeles

Rage Against The Machine

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Rage Against the Machine isn't really the only metal band that matters, but their aggressive social and political activism is refreshing, especially in an age of blind (or usually self-directed) rage due to groups like Limp Bizkit, Bush, or Nine Inch Nails. Recorded in less than a month, The Battle of Los Angeles is the most focused album of the band's career, exploding from the gate and rarely letting go the whole way through. Like a few other famous revolution-in-the-head bands (most notably Minor Threat), Rage Against the Machine has always been blessed by the fact that the band is spewing just as much vitriol as its frontman. Any potential problems created here by Zack de la Rocha's one-note delivery and extremist polemics are smoothed over by songs and grooves that make it sound like the revolution really is here, from the single "Guerrilla Radio" to album highlights like "Mic Check," "Calm Like a Bomb," and "Born of a Broken Man." As on the previous two Rage Against the Machine albums, Tom Morello's roster of guitar effects and vicious riffs are nigh overpowering, and are as contagious as the band has ever been since their debut. De la Rocha is best when he has specific targets (like the government or the case against Mumia Abu Jamal), but when he attempts to cover more general societal problems, he falters. If anything less than one of the most talented and fiery bands in the music world were backing him, The Battle of Los Angeles wouldn't be nearly as high-rated as it is.
© John Bush /TiVo

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Testify
00:03:30

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Timothy Commerford, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Brad J. Wilk, Composer, Lyricist - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Guerrilla Radio Explicit
00:03:26

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Guitar - Brad Wilk, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Calm Like a Bomb
00:04:58

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Guitar - Brad Wilk, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Mic Check Explicit
00:03:33

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Tim Commerford, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Sleep Now In the Fire
00:03:25

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Composer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Guitar - Brad Wilk, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Born of a Broken Man
00:04:40

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Tim Commerford, Composer - Tom Morello, Composer, Guitar - Brad Wilk, Composer, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Born As Ghosts
00:03:22

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Tim Commerford, Arranger, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Arranger, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Maria
00:03:48

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Tim Commerford, Arranger, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Arranger, Guitar, Lyricist - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Arranger, Drums, Lyricist - Allen Ginsberg, Composer - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Voice of the Voiceless
00:02:31

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Tim Commerford, Arranger, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Arranger, Guitar, Lyricist - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Arranger, Drums, Lyricist - Bruce Springsteen, Composer - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
New Millennium Homes
00:03:44

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Tim Commerford, Arranger, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Arranger, Guitar, Lyricist - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Arranger, Drums, Lyricist - Allen Ginsberg, Composer - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Ashes In the Fall Explicit
00:04:37

Rage Against The Machine, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist, Associated Performer, Co-Producer - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Tim Commerford, Arranger, Lyricist - Tom Morello, Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Zack De La Rocha, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Wilk, Arranger, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
War Within a Breath
00:03:36

Rage Against The Machine, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Arranger, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Lyricist - Brendan O'Brien, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Zack De La Rocha, Lyricist - Bruce Springsteen, Composer - Tom Morello, Guitar - Brad Wilk, Drums - Andrew Garver, Editor - Nick DiDia, Engineer - Y. tim K., Bass - Russ Fowler, Engineer - Sugar D, Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Rage Against the Machine isn't really the only metal band that matters, but their aggressive social and political activism is refreshing, especially in an age of blind (or usually self-directed) rage due to groups like Limp Bizkit, Bush, or Nine Inch Nails. Recorded in less than a month, The Battle of Los Angeles is the most focused album of the band's career, exploding from the gate and rarely letting go the whole way through. Like a few other famous revolution-in-the-head bands (most notably Minor Threat), Rage Against the Machine has always been blessed by the fact that the band is spewing just as much vitriol as its frontman. Any potential problems created here by Zack de la Rocha's one-note delivery and extremist polemics are smoothed over by songs and grooves that make it sound like the revolution really is here, from the single "Guerrilla Radio" to album highlights like "Mic Check," "Calm Like a Bomb," and "Born of a Broken Man." As on the previous two Rage Against the Machine albums, Tom Morello's roster of guitar effects and vicious riffs are nigh overpowering, and are as contagious as the band has ever been since their debut. De la Rocha is best when he has specific targets (like the government or the case against Mumia Abu Jamal), but when he attempts to cover more general societal problems, he falters. If anything less than one of the most talented and fiery bands in the music world were backing him, The Battle of Los Angeles wouldn't be nearly as high-rated as it is.
© John Bush /TiVo

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