Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

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Rage Against the Machine is an American rap metal band, formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. They are often mis-categorized as nu metal or rapcore. The band's line-up comprises vocalist Zack De La Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Critics have noted Rage Against the Machine for its "fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of hardcore punk, hip hop, alternative metal, and funk. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Rage Against the Machine
    Rage Against the Machine
  • The Battle of Los Angeles
    The Battle of Los Angeles
  • Evil Empire
    Evil Empire
  • Renegades
    Renegades
  • Rage Against The Machine/Evil Empire
    Rage Against The Machine/Evil Empire
  • Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
    Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
  • Live & Rare
    Live & Rare
  • Rage Against The Machine / Evil Empire (Coffret 2 CD)
    Rage Against The Machine / Evil Empire (Coffret 2 CD)
  • 3 CD Set
    3 CD Set
  • Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
    Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
  • Testify
    Testify
  • Guerrilla Radio
    Guerrilla Radio
  • Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Edition)
    Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Platinum Collection 2000
    Platinum Collection 2000
  • Coffret 3 CD : Evil Empire/Bombtrack/The Battle Of Los Angeles
    Coffret 3 CD : Evil Empire/Bombtrack/The Battle Of Los Angeles
  • Best 2000
    Best 2000
  • Woodstock '99
    Woodstock '99
  • Bulletproof
    Bulletproof
  • Bombtrack
    Bombtrack
  • Sleep Now in the Fire
    Sleep Now in the Fire
  • Best Ever
    Best Ever
  • 30 Songs for a Revolution (disc 2)
    30 Songs for a Revolution (disc 2)
  • Freedom
    Freedom
  • Killing in the Name
    Killing in the Name
  • Renegades of Funk
    Renegades of Funk
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad
    The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • 30 Songs for a Revolution (disc 1)
    30 Songs for a Revolution (disc 1)
  • People of the Sun
    People of the Sun
  • 2000  Live At The Grand Olympi
    2000 Live At The Grand Olympi
  • Bulls on Parade
    Bulls on Parade
  • Guerilla Radio
    Guerilla Radio
  • Bombtracks, Volume 2: Remixes & Live
    Bombtracks, Volume 2: Remixes & Live
  • Rage Against the Machine (bonus disc: Anger Is a Gift)
    Rage Against the Machine (bonus disc: Anger Is a Gift)
  • Scream Louder
    Scream Louder
  • Bullet in the Head
    Bullet in the Head
  • New...Live...Rare
    New...Live...Rare
  • Studio Demos
    Studio Demos
  • Free Tibet
    Free Tibet
  • The Killing Zone
    The Killing Zone
  • Get Up Stand Up
    Get Up Stand Up
  • Year of the Boomerang
    Year of the Boomerang
  • Vietnow
    Vietnow
  • [non-album tracks]
    [non-album tracks]
  • Renegades (bonus disc)
    Renegades (bonus disc)
  • 1999-11-06: Hollywood, CA, USA
    1999-11-06: Hollywood, CA, USA
  • KROQ Dysfunctional Family Picnic
    KROQ Dysfunctional Family Picnic
  • Fear Is Your Only God
    Fear Is Your Only God
  • Fuck the Administration
    Fuck the Administration

Rage Against the Machine. Artist Bio

Rage Against the Machine is an American rap metal band, formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. They are often mis-categorized as nu metal or rapcore. The band's line-up comprises vocalist Zack De La Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Critics have noted Rage Against the Machine for its "fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of hardcore punk, hip hop, alternative metal, and funk." Rage Against the Machine drew inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy and Beastie Boys.

In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza. The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band's third album The Battle of Los Angeles was released in 1999. During their initial nine year run, they became one of the most popular and influential political bands in contemporary music.

Shortly after breaking up in 2000, the band released the cover album Renegades. De la Rocha & Morello both started low-key solo careers; the rest of the band formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then-former frontman of Soundgarden, which disbanded in 2007, and in April of that year, Rage Against the Machine performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band has continued to perform at many live venues and festivals around the world since 2007 but have not recorded any new studio material, as of yet.

Due to a popular Facebook Campaign in 2009, the band managed to beat Joe McElderry, winner of the X Factor 2009, to the UK Christmas number one spot. This broke the chain of X Factor winners reaching the Christmas number one spot. To celebrate, Rage Against the Machine held a free gig to show their gratitude towards their fans.

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