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Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine

1992

Rage Against The Machine

Album Summary

Rage Against the Machine is the debut studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine. It was released on November 3, 1992 by Epic Records. The band released their first commercial demo tape of the same name 11 months prior to the album's release. The tape contained earlier recordings of 7 of the 12 songs found on this album. With politically themed, revolutionary lyrical content, the album artwork was notable for featuring a graphic photograph of Thích Quảng Đức performing self-immolation. Coincidentally, the release date for Rage Against The Machine was on November 3, 1992, the same day as the 1992 United States presidential election. Rage Against the Machine was a critical success upon release with several critics noting the album's politically motivated agenda and praising Zack de la Rocha's strong vocal delivery. Rated number 24 on the Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time", the album peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 45 on the US Billboard 200 and has gone on to achieve triple platinum sales certification in the US.

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Rating

4.07

Votes

5705

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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Fri Oct 30 2020
5

Oh man, I love this album so much. It's just so damn good. Almost 30 years later, and it holds up so well. Almost too well, honestly. The lyrical themes feel super relevant to today's America and that's kind of depressing. Actually, given current events, it's super depressing. "Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses." Damn, del la Rocha. It ain't changed yet. The machine is still grinding along despite our rage.

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Sun Nov 15 2020
5

I still feel like I'm getting away with something whenever I listen to this album. Best track: Know Your Enemy

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

The power; the anguish; the angst. Fuck the system; fight the power; and Fuck Paul Ryan

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Very apt considering the absolute state of everything at the moment.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Intense, unadulterated heavy protest music. Perfectly heavy, funky, and angry. This album lives up to its name!

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Anything less than five stars for this album would be a travesty. The sound; the lyrics; the message is timeless and is the perfect snapshot of the feelings of America at the time of release.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

A band like no other in their greatest album. This is one of the most aggressive political (non-hip hop) album I've heard, covering themes of anti-capitalism, police brutality, the power of the people, eurocentrism in education, and even government conspiracies behind the deaths of MLK and Malcolm X. There is energy behind each of the tracks, carried out by the ingenius innovation of combining metal and rap (two powerful genres that achieve separate goals) in a way that has never been done so well before. Not to mention the incorporation of funk (you can really hear it in "Wake Up") to engage the audience and get them moving about. De La Roche has one of the most recognizable voices in the music industry, carrying out insane deliveries of his political messages. This isn't singing or rapping in any traditional means, but employing his team's instruments and his grunts to express himself freely. But by no means is he the sole star of the show. The guitar solos are among my favorites. The bass line and drum work are also incredible, creating a unique melody that makes the tracks not only distinguishable but also creates a medium for the guitar and vocals to shine. On top of their instrumental collaboration, all members of the team had contributions to the overall art direction of the album, and you can really hear each of them in each track. No one is left behind. There are absolutely no weak tracks here. "Bombtrack" is the perfect intro track. "Killing in the Name" is one of my favorite songs of the 90s. Some tracks are lighter to help balance the intensity of others, focusing more on the artistic sound (e.g. "Bullet in the Head", "Fistfull of Steel", and "Township Rebellion"). I love that epic two-minute end of "Freedom" that refuses to close out the album. There is always something to like about each of the tracks. If I'm ever in the mood for something with so much energy but also melodic, Rage Against The Machine is what I'd go with.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Man - I want to vote so fucking bad right now! Morella and de la Roche for President. Seriously though - great music, well-executed and performed. The lyrics are simple, poetic, and poignant. Rage is one of my favorite all time bands. Also enjoyed the cameo by Maynard (Tool is also awesome and better be on this list at some point).

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Is there another rap+rock record that’s even remotely as listenable as this one? It would kind of stand alone if for no other reason than that, right? But throw in “some of those who work forces are the same that burn crosses,” and try to imagine that on a major label album being sold predominantly to white kids and… can we just go back to the 90s already? Also, “Settle for Nothing” SLAMS. Forgot about that one.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Listening to this takes me back to seeing Rage headline Leeds festival when they were playing mostly songs from this album. Me and my mate Rich crowdsurfed out while they played Killing In The Name - I got one of the best memories of my life, he got some wanker stabbing him in the leg with a fork. What a show, what a band, what an album.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

5 UUUGGGHHHsss out of 5.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

An LP fueled by righteous anger alone. The lyrics and instrumentation are simple, but the furor with which each is delivered brings each track to a level greater than the sum of its parts. Big props to Morello for indulging in some nu-metal guitar tones in a way that feels experimental without dating the album.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Incredible album. Its produced really well. Tom morello guitar work Is amazing, and so is the bass work. The drumming is great and the politically charged lyrics are incredible as well. 5/5

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Absolute classic and 5 star album. Bombtrack, Killing in the name of, Bullet in the head, know your enemy, wake up, freedom, take the power back. One hit after another.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

classic album 10/10 glad i listened all the way through

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Bomb tracks

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Oh man. the grooves and beats are real bangers. I can't imagine the success that this band could have had if it's message was more main stream. I just love the groove of the guitars.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Passion, energy, heavy guitar/drums and great lyrics. Every song is a banger. I'd give this a 6 if I could.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

One of my favourite albums of all times. I’ve listened to this album cover to cover so many times. So many bangers that I don’t know which is my favourite. Bomb track is a killer start, killing in the name is an anthem, take the power back and wake up are great. Know your enemy gets me going every time.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Rage Against the Machine is my go-to when I'm frustrated. No joke, I wrote my dissertation listening to Rage Against the Machine and Nine Inch Nails. I angry-write, I guess. Listened to this album and Renegades over and over (NIN contributed mostly with Year Zero). The music rocks and the lyrics are thought-provoking. I always find it amusing to watch live videos and see all the angry white frat boys moshing to this - wonder if they realize they're part of the machine the band is raging against (like Paul Ryan being a fan). Pretty sure I'm part of that machine too, but I still like to rock out to some Rage.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

God damn! I've known about Rage since the 90s of course but I never listened to any one their albums. This is some angry energetic stuff. Not a dull moment anywhere on this album. I feel like going outside and smashing a printer!

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Now that's how you start an album - the bass line and guitar picking to open Bombtrack are awesome (created by Commerford). The raw and politically charged lyrics, de la Rocha's rap rocking, and pulsing instruments set the stage for the rest of the album. You get to hear a bit of Morello's unique scratch playing at the end too (he is a guitar god). I believe it is from him using the end of the guitar's amp cord on his strings. Creative genius; he makes so many sounds that you think are synthesizer but it's all his guitar. I also love Killing in the Name (their signature tune), Take the Power Back (Morello's solo at the 3min mark - wow), Bullet in the Head, Know Your Enemy (more epic Morello), Wake Up (de la Rocha is ferocious on this track), and Fistful of Steel (Morello's creativity on display again in first few riffs and high-pitched scratching - not turn tables kids!) but I admit I always found Settle for Nothing a little boring. Still, the totality of the album makes up for one so-so song. It fueled my teenage years; I want to give it to my 12 year old son right now to listen to, but might be a bit too soon. One of the greatest bands of the grunge/alternative years and one hell of a debut.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Such a good album! Weird thing about Killing in the Name is that it was a constant throughout all club nights at uni - Drum and Base night, goth night, standard trendy music club - they all played this and everyone would all sing along another remarkable thing is that no one seems to listen to the lyrics of Rage - I've learnt so much reading into Hoover, MLK's assassination after listening to lyrics - but I guess the tunes are so banging the political message is ignorable - which is a shame. Bombtrack is by far my least favourite track - start at 2 and work down and it's a 10/10 album

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

What's to say the first Album that I bought and fell in love with. Was it the driving bass, amazing guitar, screaming vocals, unrepentant Marxism or raging hormones? This album was like my third parent I still refer back for guidance. It could be that it ruined my life or saved it. It was the first time in my life where I felt it was ok to swear to justify my feelings and politics. What a glorious thing.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut album is chock-full of dissent and insubordination, agilely achieved through elements of rap and metal imbued funk. Zack de la Rocha's uncompromising delivery of his lines leads the phalanx of badass drum beats and distorted guitars, accomplishing the marvel of music built for purpose. The exemplary alliance of music and direction is further amped up by this album being their debut - never wavering, always sharp-witted.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Appreciated it and liked it a lot more than I expected. Straight punk (from my limited perspective), calling out the status quo and its injustice toward the disempowered. Concentration of ower in society belies the promise of equal opportunity and justice for all. Respect for this.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Until today, my familiarity with this band basically had to do with the fact that I saw Tom Morello induct KISS into the Rock and/or Roll Hall Of Fame. And I immediate loved the guy. I then learned he was a member of bands with names I absolutely hated. I'd then see him show up in music docs talking about bands I loved (turns out, he also toured with Springsteen and the E Street Band for a spell). It wasn't enough to compel me to, you know, try listening to any of Morello's bands, let alone his seminal outfit. That was just a bridge too far for whatever reason. This may never be my favorite genre, but damn if I didn't love this album. It's "run through a brick wall" music. It might not be an album I play repeatedly or even revisit often, but it finally proved to me that I really need to stop selling Tom Morello short.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

A protest song can be good, even great; a protest album, not so much. The album can drag, it is practically one frantically shouted note (not that it doesn't reach for the softer sounds, only that those reaches feel like needlessly clumsy gropings in the dark).

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Sony/Epic were smart to sign RaTM, it was the perfect act of controlled opposition. Frat boys and other privileged heirs of the machine enthusiastically embrace RaTM because they know the lyrics won't actually bring about change. In context, this album can only be considered a patronizing capitalist insult to those who are getting ground up by "the machine". That said, this shit rocks.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Just listen to public enemy lol

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Mon Jul 26 2021
1

It's okay I don't get the hype. Rage against the machine bitch you are the machine

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Thu Oct 08 2020
5

4.5/5. Hardcore, political, aggressive, love it. Zack De La Rocha comes with killer hooks that make you want to burn the city down. Standout Tracks: Killing In The Name, Settle For Nothing, Bullet In The Head, Wake Up, Fistful Of Steel

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

It’s a classic for a reason! It’s not often someone comes along with something to say like de la Roche did. Through in some innovative guitar techniques and turn the energy level up to 11 and you’ve got an album that still holds up 25+ years later.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
5

Classic Rage, awesome.

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Already in my collection. Great album and Morello is a stud on guitar.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

ayooooo

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

A perfect album

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

Fuck yeah!

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

epic.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

great album!

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

The roulette ball, rolls along on the wheel..

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Bekannt. Hat nichts an Aktualität verloren. Außerdem auch vom Sound her zeitlos. 5

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

A great protest, hard album. Every song means something, there are no bad takes and every member rules. Roche’s vocals rule and Tom morello is one of the coolest guitarists of all time. Amazing stuff

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Every single song slaps, it’s no doubt a 5/5

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Back to the heavy mental 🤘🏻

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

One of the best albums of all time. I don't know if I can think of an album that shows so much passion and pain.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Hands down one of the best albums of the era !!!!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Love RATM been a fan since I was 10 years old and this classic album reminds me why I am!!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Slaps

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Great tracks from beginning to end

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Bängeri Kova sana

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Dope

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Fantastic album, my favorite of rage’s

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Still fresh after nearly 3 decades

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

This is a great album. So much anger, but the music is just amazing.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Yessss!!!!! One of my favorite bands/sounds/albums of all time. Kicks you in the balls and you still want more.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Rage it the best! One of the best albums ever made.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Pure energy

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Iconic album

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Now I'm listening to you 1001albumsgenerator 8-)

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Love this album, an album from my youth

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Una bestialidad de disco

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

5 stars, would repeat

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Down with it

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Sat May 29 2021
5

Amazing!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

fireee!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Classic album

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

🤘🏻

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Still as good as the day it came out 🙌🏻

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

🤘🏻

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Von meinen alten Grunge- und Crossoverhelden eines der am besten gealterten Alben.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Best album!

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Sat May 15 2021
5

What more is there to say, the BEST high-energy album out there. If you listen to this while walking and don't increase your 3x something is wrong with you. Lyrics (which use a lot of phrases now used by the worst people in the world I will admit) are relevant as always.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Incredible

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Combining rap/rock is no easy task but Rage Against the Machine executes it as no others have on their debut album.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

:) you know what this.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

An incredibly powerful album that starts strong and never lets up. One of my all time favourites - a classic

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

This is so great and still feels fresh. There were many bands copying this style but no one pulls it off like them. What a debut

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

One of my favs

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

LEGEND STATUS This album has it all - riffs, thoughtful lyrics, grooves, and a unique flavor.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

One of the best albums ever made. It stands the test of time.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Powerful! Maybe more relevant now than when it first came out. Also maybe one of the best album covers ever.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

RATM nothing more to say.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

This album is a freaking game changer. Loved it.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Creo que algo que particularmente me gusta de este álbum es como llevan la seriedad de un mensaje político y fuerte, con un ritmo inolvidable. Lo que más me gusta de este álbum son sus riff de guitarra y de bajo

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

What can I even say? A hugely important album for the development of my musical taste.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

I have always loved Rage Against the Machine.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

RAGE

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Bomba. Qué digo bomba, recontra bomba.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Cela me rappelle tellement de souvenir. J’adore cet album. 5/5

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

One of my personal favorite albums of all-time. Never gets old.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

Awesome

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

So many classics and a few I’d forgotten about

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

My favourite album from my favourite band. Every song on here is great, with a few that stand out even further. One of the only albums that I would rate a 6/5 if I could do so.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Of course this album is still relevant some 20 years later. ZDL may have gone of the deep end, but I still listen to this album pretty regularly and may of course still blast 'Killing in the Name' when I'm in a mood. 4.5/5

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

This album went hard!!! I can see why this is a classic. Not a single boring song in this album, listened to it without skipping once.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Haven’t been in a RATM mood for sometime. I know this album well though, always an enjoyable experience when I’m feeling pissed off

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

A vitriolic metal masterpiece.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Enough Said

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Played this album a lot back in the early nineties, and it turns out it still sounds amazing today.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Maybe 5 stars would have been meer appropriate - definitely 5 star in 1993 - but now listening to it in one go.. ..it is a bit exhaustive, oh wait, let me just give 5 star anyway..

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

The good ol Rage Against The Machine. Such a defining album with all the raw emotion put into this album. Classics like "Killing in the Name" was from this album.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I remember Nick having this tape and the cover art of the burning guy. I remember not even knowing what the image was, just looked like a bunch of scribbles to me. And the music was scary, specifically "freedom." Reminded me of Derek's cd's, like metallica, pantera, and gwar. Obviously this is a great album, but its message has changed drastically to me these days.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Slappa da bass

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

This is pure energy. John Lydon once sang "Anger is an energy," and this is proof of it right here. Hard to believe this is over 20 years old, and so little has changed. I did not buy this album when it was first released, but when I did WOW. Just an amazing piece of work telling the Man to go f**k himself. It's a hard one to listen to when my kid is in the car, I'll tell you that. But it is an important piece of musical history, and definitely worth all 5 stars.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Another formative album. It still holds up and I think even coming to it new it would be highly rated.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

RATM is in my opinion the ultimate protest music. There is sonic strength, powerful lyrics, and aggressive performance that equal a steady groove filled with, well, RAGE.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Never before has a band name fit the sound they have with such accuracy. And man, what a sound it is. Tom is one of the most creative guitarists out there, and Zach is a monster of a frontman. Absolutely excellent.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Loved it rate ablum

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Already have this, banger, truly an amazing album

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

I can see why it's so well regarded.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Ah fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yyyyeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

A stonecold classic. Don't know why I had not listened to this album for so long.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Love this album. Has always been near my CD player for the last 25+ years

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Fucking legends

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

The album goes hard AF! Obviously very political but was excellent throughout. 9/10.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Rock doesn't get much better than this.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Discazo. Me enrabia y me emociona de igual forma, jaja. 10/10

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

I don't know if it was the mood I was in, but this album was absolutely amazing. The attitude, the guitars, the drums, the lyrics. All of it just really spoke to me. Yes x5000.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Pure energy. What an album.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

This album is very special to me. It saved me from becoming an alt-right biggot and made me realize that the politics that my family has forced onto me is nothing but lies. We need this music more than ever right now

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Thanks to RATM I've been saying ACAB since I was like 12 years old

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

When it’s time to rage there is no more aptly named band or album

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

One of my favourite bands/albums as a teenager. This isn’t a album I come back to these days. Really enjoyed listening back, still sounds a brilliant album. Contemplated not giving full marks because it’s not an album I come back to, (Maybe because I prefer less aggressive music now I’m in my 30s), but to not disappoint a 14 year old me it gets the full 5.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

Top album!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

A fist to your fucking face.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Saw them back in '93 (with Tool supporting) at a show that got upgraded from a 550 cap room to a 1,500 venue. It was so good. Every few days I wind up thinking "We need a band like RATM now." Does this album ever go out of fashion?

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

This album makes me wanna karate chop the sun in half while punching a cop in the dick.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Bombtrack after bombtrack. It's just banger after banger. This album just brings the energy way up with the first track and it stays there until the end.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Pure energy in an album

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

What an album. Evil Empire was a bigger deal for me personally. But this can’t be anything but 5 stars based on how it impacted me and how it still holds up.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

What an amazing work. If feels less like music and more like art based critical theory, even though the music is incredible. I don't know if I ever realized how much of a protest album this is. I can almost see the line from "A Change Is Gonna Come" to this. It feels so timely that happened in the US the last few year and is a bit disheartening to think that things haven't changed much.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of all time.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

True 5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Loved this album. Definitely their best work. 9/10. The extended 25th Anniversary edition is also excellent.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Very good

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Damn Paul Ryan has some good taste in music.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Powerful political album with very strong hooks and amazing guitar work. Strong from start to finish.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Own it. Listened to it a lot. Set the tone for the next decade in a lot of ways. For better or worse the 2000s rock/rap thing won't have happened with out this record.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

24th January 2022 Listened while oiling the kitchen surfaces. Chilled in the evening with victor and watched the lighthouse before finishing leave the world behind. Who knew blending hip hop and hardcore rock would work so well?

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

RATM. 5 absoluto.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

I fucking love it lmao 5/5 or 4/5

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

I am not familiar with either the band RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE or their debut album entitled, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, but I am aware of their existence. After listening to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the band and this album is. I usually don’t listen to hip-hop/rap, but this combination with metal of Metallica-like proportions. With the political lyricism of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, U2 and Public Enemy. This WORKS! In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s self-titled/eponymous debut album Is the only album listed. Rate Artist: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (5.0) Rate Album (Year): RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (US 1992 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (US 2012 Box Set) (5.0) Ranking of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. "Bombtrack" 4:02 10.0/10 02. "Killing in the Name" 5:14 10.0/10 03. "Take the Power Back" 5:36 10.0/10 04. "Settle for Nothing" 4:49 10.0/10 05. "Bullet in the Head" 5:08 10.0/10 06. "Know Your Enemy" 4:57 09.5/10 07. "Wake Up" 6:06 09.5/10 08. "Fistful of Steel" 5:32 10.0/10 09. "Township Rebellion" 5:22 10.0/10 10. "Freedom" 6:06 10.0/10 US 1992 Original Release 99.0/100 = 9.90 / 2 = 4.95 XX CD 1 – Bonus tracks (B-sides) No. Title Length 11. "Bombtrack" (Live) 5:56 10.0/10 12. "Bullet in the Head" (Live) 5:44 10.0/10 13. "Take the Power Back" (Live) 6:09 10.0/10 XX CD 2 – "The Original Demos" No. Title Length 14. "Bombtrack" 4:05 10.0/10 15. "Take the Power Back" 5:40 10.0/10 16. "Bullet in the Head" 5:09 10.0/10 17. "Darkness of Greed" 3:40 10.0/10 18. "Clear the Lane" 3:48 10.0/10 19. "Township Rebellion" 4:19 10.0/10 20. "Know Your Enemy" 4:19 10.0/10 21. "Mindset's a Threat" 3:56 10.0/10 22. "Killing in the Name" 6:28 10.0/10 23. "Auto Logic" 4:07 10.0/10 24. "The Narrows" 4:35 10.0/10 25. "Freedom" 5:40 10.0/10 US 2012 Box Set (15 Bonus) Release 249.0/250 = 9.96 / 2 = 4.98

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Are you angry? Do you want to add fuel to that anger? If so this is the highest octane fuel out there. Burn burn yes your gonna burn. Start to finish every song is a five star.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

RRAAaaaaaage! (against the machine)

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

A favourite in my younger years- a gatecrashing enema hit of power. And no, Paul O’Brien, Rage is not just Linkin Park with a political twist. Fuck you

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

This one goes hard all along. Love it.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

A staple of my youth that made political anger sound awesome

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Even better than I remembered

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Now THIS is how you combine rock and rap. The instrumentals are always on point, both kicking ass and grooving at the same time. Over top of these instrumentals Zack de la Rocha manages to spit fire with a punky attitude. The combination works so well largely due to the shared "fuck the establishment" motif of both punk and rap. The only slight issue is that the intensity never lets up, and it becomes one of those albums that leaves you mentally drained at the end of it. But Soundtracks for the Blind does that too and I still consider it perfect. Also, Tom Morello is one of the most inventive guitarists I've ever heard. Favorite Tracks: "Bombtrack", "Killing In The Name Of", "Take The Power Back", "Bullet In The Head", "Know Your Enemy", "Fistfull Of Steel"

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

was the music great? no. do i have very discerning tastes? also no. it's metal. i like metal. metal good. good album. ALSO it occurred to me that metal and jazz are very similar in that they take a relatively simplistic melodic motif and riff off it constantly for the entirety of whatever track it is. so maybe metal is, objectively, a little good, yk

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

bomzão

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Aaaaaah Shit! Imagine it’s 1991 and you’re 18. Going to see an unheard of new band in a shitty, sweaty underground club. Moshing the fuck out to this. It makes all these other albums seem so weak and pointless. This is what music can be about and it’s powerful as fuck.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Amazing debut album.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

what if AC/DC got angry and political, then collab'd with the Beastie Boys?

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Yeah, they may be capitalist phonies but when your riffs are as good as anything Black Sabbath came up with, I can look the other way. Best Tracks: Killing In The Name; Take The Power Back; Know Your Enemy

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Loved this album as a kid. Still works today. A bit angsty for my tastes now really, but the nostalgia carries it through. Interesting to hear the demo versions of the tracks on the anniversary edition. Pretty much note-for-note the same with worse vocal processing. Great to see they arrived pretty much fully formed.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I love this album. Cranked it in my Walkman as a teen. Still possesses that perfect blend of aggression, funk, and superb musicality. Some of the greatest riffs of all time are on display here. They never came close to this again.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Disco totalmente disruptivo para su momento, con un poder y unas letras que transmiten un mensaje político brutal que sigue vigente al día de hoy. Mejores tracks: "Take the Power Back" y "Wake Up".

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

This is another one of those albums that was part of the soundtrack to the early 90s. I didn't know about hardcore at the time, I was into stuff like Metallica, Pearl Jam and Guns n Roses, but this was completely different... I didn't know what it was, I had no context to put it in, it was just a fucking great album. I was too young to understand the whole sociopolitical anger thing, I just liked it because it was pissed off. And far out, it really is pissed off. De La Rocha really slams it home. There's a real grit to his voice that sucks you in. I think I still listen to it probably 2-3 times a year. Same with Evil Empire. Listening to the lyrics today I can kiiiinda see some of the criticism - it IS just basic entry level anti-establishment stuff (I'll admit I bought right into similar ideas when I was a first-year uni student, so no judgement here), and I do understand the ticket scandal a few years ago was really hypocritical of them, and Morello's subsequent statement was really half-arsed - but who gives a fuck? I don't care if they are/were diehard guerilla warriors, MAGA dickheads, or anywhere in between. I don't think there are many topics you couldn't cover when you thump this hard. I know there are people who think you aren't allowed to listen to it unless you agree with it, then others who think RATM are really just part of the machine they claim to hate so can fuck off... and cool guys. You do you. I'm rocking out. I also think "know your enemy" is one of those really underrated rock songs of the 90s. Not underrated in the "wicked underground" sense, but just overlooked despite the size of the album. 5/5.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

I’ve heard Rage Against The Machine here and there but hadn’t ever sat down and listened to an album. I put on the album and at first thought given the genre I’d need to break up this listen into parts. Instead I was enthralled and listened to the whole thing straight through to the end. This rocks hard. A lesson in truth in labeling. What surprised me most was the skill and subtlety in the music and intelligence in the lyrics. “Wake Up” is a masterpiece - an incredible song on an album of incredible songs. The angry lyrics are served perfectly by the angry music. I get it. I dig it. These songs should rock hard and they do. Thirty years later this remains a relevant kick in the ass. The machine is still fucking winning. RAGE!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

:)

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Groundbreaking. Too many cheap imitators though.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

One of my go-to albums

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Discazo

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Awesome album! Love the messages!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Just a good ass album, it has all the components of a perfect rock album

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Loud, angry, intense and awesome. I love this album just as much as I id when it came out.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

This is one of those albums I've always known of but never sat for a listen. I could stand to listen to this from start to finish with no distractions.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

som en riktigt välsmakande hurring!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Znam da nije za goga ali je sjajno🙂

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Firstly, I've never seen this angle of the album cover before. RATM was the craziest mosh I've even experienced, my feet were rarely under my body. Very fun. This album was one of the few guitar bands in rotation during high school for me. Tom Morello is a genius. A fun revisit, even if a bit cranky. It's election time people. Fists in the air!

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Simply put, probably one of the best albums ever. At least partially responsible for my political radicalism.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

Absolutely fantastic, made me very aware of everything wrong going around.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Épico y lleno de ira, este disco ya es un clásico. Los riffs, los gritos, las melodías y la descarga de adrenalina siguen igual de potentes.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

9/10 Best Song - Killing in the name

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

What can I say? This is one of the best albums of all time, and you should definitely listen to it before you die. For preference, you shouldn't just listen to it. You should HEAR it. The issues that are raged against are still here now, unfortunately. It's shame that everyone who already knows this already knows, because the people who don't or won't like this music on the basis of its messaging probably won't be changed; even when someone sets themselves on fire.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Classic. Filled with bangers. Crazy good.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Best Song: Killing In The Name Of. The song, its political message, and its musicality all make it a great song. What makes it an iconic song is when De La Rocha switches the lyrics in the final minute of the song to "fuck you I won't do what you tell me." The way it takes the heated and passionate political tone of the song and cranks it higher, when you thought the dial was already as high as it could go, is perfect. Worst Song: Settle for Nothing. Trends a little too far towards prog-rock with its meandering guitar solo, which doesn't really add anything to the track. Overall: It's killer. The whole album sounds youthful, smart, and talented. Takes the best of both rap and rock and mashes them into a rare fusion that actually works. Zack De La Rocha raps like a man on fire. If I close my eyes I can forget that Tom Morello is shilling NFTs now and remember when his guitar work was pure alien madness. This album is political and musical brilliance.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Rulez

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Heard this one hundreds of times before. Classic album, in the contention for RATMs best. Usually when you listen to an album you've heard before you'll forget about some of the songs on there. With this album that is not the case, I knew and remembered every single one. RATMs energy is unmatched, especially in a genre which they arguably pioneered and noone has managed to surpass them. Standouts: all of them, can't really choose a favorite

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Recorded live at Sound City Studios.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

An absolute force.

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Tue May 31 2022
5

When people tell me they don't like this album I realize I have no idea what some people even listen to music for. This is incredible.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

RATM!!!!!!!

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

6/5

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Some all time classic fat riffs. Tom Morello is a god

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

I never liked RATM much in my university years, mainly due to disliking a few people who really liked them and not being a fan of other rock/rap bands that followed in their wake a decade later. How wrong I was. This is powerful stuff. Aggressive and p'ed off, but the anger is directed constructively. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Killing In the Name Date listened: 17/06/22

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

I can't ever picture a day where this album won't sound fresh and relevant.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

4.6 + Incredible. The righteous rage that appealed to my teenage angst still feels just as urgent and resonant in my 40s. Fantastic bars, amazing screams and truly exceptional guitar work (esp. on “Settle For Nothing”).

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Brilliant heavy guitar and drums. Baselines straight from Jah himself. Incredible lyrics. Headbangable. Fight the power. 5/5

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

It's sad how relevant all of this still is 30 years after its release.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

Wow, dropping this shit as a debut album with that album cover is one hell of a statement. I guess that's exactly what Rage is all about though. It makes me sad that in the 30 years since this albums release, all of the themes contained within are just as, if not more, relevant. But it makes make happy that this exists, so at least there's that. Fav Tracks: Killing In the Name, Settle For Nothing, Wake Up

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

So fucking good. Similar to Beastie Boys, this group has blended rock & rap so perfectly. Zack's lyrics are very political, provocative and punk, which pairs so well with the fat bass lines, distorted guitar and tight percussion. What an insanely good release for a debut album, perfectly named band and perfectly timed release given the social climate during that period in the early 90s. I can workout to this, I can mosh to it, I can burn my government documents to it. So versatile. Fave tracks: Bombtrack, Killing In the Name, Know Your Enemy, Wake Up

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Rage is a band with almost unmatchable energy and intensity, yet their sound is still funky and lively. And of course the political message is important top. 5/5 Top tracks: Killing in the name Fistfull of steel Wake up

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Love this album. Was released while I was in high school.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I loved and listened to this thousands of times when I was in my twenties. I can't be unbiased when rating this.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Þessi plata kom út árið sem ég varð tvítug og hafði mjög mótandi áhrif á hugsanahátt minn varðandi kerfið margfræga. Get alveg gleymt mér í headbanginu því þetta eru bara allt djöfulsins bangerar. Elskidda!

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