Rage Against The Machine review by Rage Against the Machine

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  • Released: Nov 3, 1992
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (186 votes)
Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against The Machine

Sound — 9
This was their first album, and it was their best one to just sit back and listen to. All of the songs on here are nihilistic and bring an entirely new style of music (rapcore, mixture of rap lyrics with hard rock/heavy metal music). The best song on the record is "Killing In The Name," which may be their most well known song. Tom Morello is an extremely innovative guitarist. He uses a lot of unconventional techniques (pickup switch flicking with tapping, rubbing an allen wrench on the strings {People Of The Sun - different album}, unplugging the amp cable from the guitar and touching the strings while the amp is on {Guerilla Radio solo - different album}). This produces some very different sounds like on "Bullet In The Head." Also Timmy C is one great bass player. There is a section of slap bass on "Take The Power Back" that is amazing. This is just a great sounding record.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are mostly opposed to the government and opression of African Americans, "Wake Up." Zack de la Rocha is a rapper with a band. If you don't like rap, then you probably won't like RATM. At least give them a chance and listen to a few tracks because they are an amazing band. The lyrics do get repetive, though. The lyrics are elaborate and excellent in other songs, though ("Wake Up"). De la Rocha's lyrics do not take away from Rage's greatness, but adds to their unique style.

Overall Impression — 9
This is their second best album. First buy "The Battle Of Los Angeles" if you want some Rage, but if you actually want anger then this album is better suited. Rage Against the Machine is one of my favorite bands and this is one great album. I like it better than "Battle Los Angeles" because there is more anger, but the music is better on the other album. It's ten song burst of anti-government sentiments which amounts to "Rage Against The Machine."

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