Sound — 10
The sound that Rage delivers in the battle of los angeles is one that is very distinctive from what other bands are playing, all from the awesome sound affects to the great riffs. All of this is done by the ingenious guitar playing of Tom Morello, who combines the use of power chords and his equipment plugged to the guitar in order to create great hard rock music. One of the songs that portray this so very well is "Guerrilla Radio", from the creative solos to the riffs used in the intro and chorus. Oh, but Morello isn't the only one, Tim Commerford is able to play the bass in order to make it perfectly mix with the guitar and great drum playing by Brad Wilk.
Lyrics — 10
Zach de la Rocha is one of those song writers who writes lyrics that flow like poetry, but hits you hard with his political messages. I believe that that's what makes him such a great writer. He writes what he feels inside and puts it in incredibly detailed words and makes them flow sentence by sentence. One that is written so with such emotion is from Calm like a Bomb " Same bodies buried hungry but with different last names, These vultures rob everything leave nothing but chains." Not only is he a good writer, but also a very good vocalist (rapper) who freestyles form his heart.
Overall Impression — 10
I believe that what is great is that Rage does not compare with other bands because there aren't any that play such great hard rap rock music with important political messages. This is why Rage has been and will probably always be one of my favorite bands, and this album is no different. If you don't have this album, go buy it now, and if you do have it, but someone else doesn't go buy it for them. This is how good this album is. Whether you're politically active like the band or only like the music, you must admit that Rage has succeded once again.