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.Wikipedia
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.
I still feel like I'm getting away with something whenever I listen to this album. Best track: Know Your Enemy
The power; the anguish; the angst. Fuck the system; fight the power; and Fuck Paul Ryan
Very apt considering the absolute state of everything at the moment.
Intense, unadulterated heavy protest music. Perfectly heavy, funky, and angry. This album lives up to its name!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
5 UUUGGGHHHsss out of 5.
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.
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
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.
classic album 10/10 glad i listened all the way through
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.
Passion, energy, heavy guitar/drums and great lyrics. Every song is a banger. I'd give this a 6 if I could.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Just listen to public enemy lol
It's okay I don't get the hype. Rage against the machine bitch you are the machine
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
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.
Classic Rage, awesome.
Already in my collection. Great album and Morello is a stud on guitar.
A perfect album
The roulette ball, rolls along on the wheel..
Bekannt. Hat nichts an Aktualität verloren. Außerdem auch vom Sound her zeitlos. 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
Every single song slaps, it’s no doubt a 5/5
Back to the heavy mental 🤘🏻
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.
Hands down one of the best albums of the era !!!!
Love RATM been a fan since I was 10 years old and this classic album reminds me why I am!!
Great tracks from beginning to end
Bängeri Kova sana
Fantastic album, my favorite of rage’s
Still fresh after nearly 3 decades
This is a great album. So much anger, but the music is just amazing.
Yessss!!!!! One of my favorite bands/sounds/albums of all time. Kicks you in the balls and you still want more.
Rage it the best! One of the best albums ever made.
Now I'm listening to you 1001albumsgenerator 8-)
Love this album, an album from my youth
Una bestialidad de disco
5 stars, would repeat
Down with it
Still as good as the day it came out 🙌🏻
Von meinen alten Grunge- und Crossoverhelden eines der am besten gealterten Alben.
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.
Combining rap/rock is no easy task but Rage Against the Machine executes it as no others have on their debut album.
:) you know what this.
An incredibly powerful album that starts strong and never lets up. One of my all time favourites - a classic
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
One of my favs
LEGEND STATUS This album has it all - riffs, thoughtful lyrics, grooves, and a unique flavor.
One of the best albums ever made. It stands the test of time.
Powerful! Maybe more relevant now than when it first came out. Also maybe one of the best album covers ever.
RATM nothing more to say.
This album is a freaking game changer. Loved it.
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
What can I even say? A hugely important album for the development of my musical taste.
I have always loved Rage Against the Machine.
Bomba. Qué digo bomba, recontra bomba.
Cela me rappelle tellement de souvenir. J’adore cet album. 5/5
One of my personal favorite albums of all-time. Never gets old.
So many classics and a few I’d forgotten about
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.
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
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.
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
A vitriolic metal masterpiece.
Played this album a lot back in the early nineties, and it turns out it still sounds amazing today.
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..
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.
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.
Slappa da bass
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.
Another formative album. It still holds up and I think even coming to it new it would be highly rated.
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.
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.
Loved it rate ablum
Already have this, banger, truly an amazing album
I can see why it's so well regarded.
Ah fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yyyyeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
A stonecold classic. Don't know why I had not listened to this album for so long.
Love this album. Has always been near my CD player for the last 25+ years
The album goes hard AF! Obviously very political but was excellent throughout. 9/10.
Rock doesn't get much better than this.
Discazo. Me enrabia y me emociona de igual forma, jaja. 10/10
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.
Pure energy. What an album.
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
Thanks to RATM I've been saying ACAB since I was like 12 years old
When it’s time to rage there is no more aptly named band or album
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.
A fist to your fucking face.
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?
This album makes me wanna karate chop the sun in half while punching a cop in the dick.
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.
Pure energy in an album
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.
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.
One of my favorite albums of all time.
Loved this album. Definitely their best work. 9/10. The extended 25th Anniversary edition is also excellent.
Damn Paul Ryan has some good taste in music.
Powerful political album with very strong hooks and amazing guitar work. Strong from start to finish.
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.
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?
RATM. 5 absoluto.
I fucking love it lmao 5/5 or 4/5
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
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.
RRAAaaaaaage! (against the machine)
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
This one goes hard all along. Love it.
A staple of my youth that made political anger sound awesome
Even better than I remembered
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"
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
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.
Amazing debut album.
what if AC/DC got angry and political, then collab'd with the Beastie Boys?
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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!
Groundbreaking. Too many cheap imitators though.
One of my go-to albums
Awesome album! Love the messages!
Just a good ass album, it has all the components of a perfect rock album
Loud, angry, intense and awesome. I love this album just as much as I id when it came out.
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.
som en riktigt välsmakande hurring!
Znam da nije za goga ali je sjajno🙂
Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me
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!
Simply put, probably one of the best albums ever. At least partially responsible for my political radicalism.
Absolutely fantastic, made me very aware of everything wrong going around.
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.
9/10 Best Song - Killing in the name
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.
Classic. Filled with bangers. Crazy good.
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.
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
Recorded live at Sound City Studios.
An absolute force.
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.
Some all time classic fat riffs. Tom Morello is a god
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
I can't ever picture a day where this album won't sound fresh and relevant.
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”).
Brilliant heavy guitar and drums. Baselines straight from Jah himself. Incredible lyrics. Headbangable. Fight the power. 5/5
It's sad how relevant all of this still is 30 years after its release.
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
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
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
Love this album. Was released while I was in high school.
I loved and listened to this thousands of times when I was in my twenties. I can't be unbiased when rating this.
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!