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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

4.03

Votes

4572

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

5 UUUGGGHHHsss out of 5.

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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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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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5

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

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5

Bomb tracks

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Just listen to public enemy lol

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

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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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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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5

Classic Rage, awesome.

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5

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

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5

ayooooo

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5

A perfect album

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5

Fuck yeah!

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5

epic.

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5

great album!

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5

The roulette ball, rolls along on the wheel..

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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Back to the heavy mental 🤘🏻

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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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5

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

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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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5

Slaps

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5

Great tracks from beginning to end

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5

Bängeri Kova sana

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5

Dope

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5

Fantastic album, my favorite of rage’s

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5

Still fresh after nearly 3 decades

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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Pure energy

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5

Iconic album

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5

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

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5

Love this album, an album from my youth

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5

Una bestialidad de disco

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5

5 stars, would repeat

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5

Down with it

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5

Amazing!

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5

fireee!

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5

Classic album

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5

🤘🏻

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5

Still as good as the day it came out 🙌🏻

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5

🤘🏻

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5

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

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5

Best album!

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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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5

Incredible

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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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5

:) you know what this.

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5

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

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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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5

One of my favs

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5

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

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5

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

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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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5

RATM nothing more to say.

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5

This album is a freaking game changer. Loved it.

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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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5

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

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5

I have always loved Rage Against the Machine.

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5

RAGE

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5

Bomba. Qué digo bomba, recontra bomba.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Awesome

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5

So many classics and a few I’d forgotten about

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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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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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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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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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5

A vitriolic metal masterpiece.

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5

Enough Said

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Slappa da bass

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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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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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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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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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5

Loved it rate ablum

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5

Already have this, banger, truly an amazing album

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5

I can see why it's so well regarded.

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5

Ah fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yyyyeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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5

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

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5

🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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5

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

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5

Fucking legends

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5

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

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5

Rock doesn't get much better than this.

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5

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

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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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5

Pure energy. What an album.

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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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5

Top album!

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5

A fist to your fucking face.

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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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5

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

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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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5

Pure energy in an album

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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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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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5

One of my favorite albums of all time.

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True 5

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5

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

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5

Very good

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5

Damn Paul Ryan has some good taste in music.

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5

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

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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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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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5

RATM. 5 absoluto.

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5

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

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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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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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5

RRAAaaaaaage! (against the machine)

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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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5

This one goes hard all along. Love it.

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5

A staple of my youth that made political anger sound awesome

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5

Even better than I remembered

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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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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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bomzão

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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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5

Amazing debut album.

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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

:)

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5

Groundbreaking. Too many cheap imitators though.

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5

One of my go-to albums

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Discazo

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5

Awesome album! Love the messages!

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5

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

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5

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

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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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som en riktigt välsmakande hurring!

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Znam da nije za goga ali je sjajno🙂

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Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me

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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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9/10 Best Song - Killing in the name

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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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5

Classic. Filled with bangers. Crazy good.

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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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Rulez

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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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Recorded live at Sound City Studios.

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5

An absolute force.

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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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5

RATM!!!!!!!

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6/5

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

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

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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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5

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

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

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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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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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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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5

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

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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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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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5

Let's rage

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RATM. 5 absoluto.

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Listening to this while walking around London makes everything feel a bit epic. Another rone from my teens that just lights me up.

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Man - these guys hit a homerun with this album out for sure. They managed to pioneer a sound all of their own, and managed to perfectly distil the feeling of political and societal dissatisfaction into a musical artform.

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Some of those who work forces Are the same that burn crosses

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First, I would like to thank jkavlock for the opportunity to write this guest review. I've been a huge fan of Rage Against The Machine for a long time. They've been an incredibly important band in the formation of my worldview, and even inspired my career. Musically, RATM gets me pumped. I love to lift and work out, and nothing gets me psyched for a good burn like RATM. I turn on Rage, turn it up loud, grab the barbell, and the sweat starts trickling down like tax cuts for the rich. It's thanks to RATM that every time the sun's out, my guns are out. You know what they say - "curls get the girls." Lyrically, RATM helps me understand the world we live in. They sing about all the things I love - Manifest Destiny, landlords, burning things, corporations, the system, and a nice game of bridge ("For all the diamonds/They'll use a pair of clubs to beat the spades"). They give proper respect to the thin blue line ("Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge") and the stars and stripes ("Ya bowin' down to the flag"). RATM told us to rest assured that "Departments of police, the judges, the feds/Networks at work, keepin' people calm." They helped me understand that if I did what those in positions of power and authority told me to, I could control myself - "And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control." And they described how the education system works best - "The complacent students sit and listen." RATM also recognized conformity, assimilation, and submission as important parts of the American Dream. When Obama was elected president, I knew we had to "take the power back!" and I listened to that track on repeat leading up to the 2010 midterms. I do have to admit - sometimes I just get so pumped listening to Rage and curling big dumbbells that I lose track of the lyrics. But I get the message. These guys SPEAK to me! Rage guitarist Tom Morello even wrote an article about me. He called me "the embodiment of the machine," and that recognition is one of the proudest moments of my career. I wouldn't be who I am today if not for the influence of Rage Against The Machine and Tom Morello. Your Truly, Paul Ryan Former Speaker of the House Former Republican Nominee for Vice President Former Spokesperson for P90X Former and Current Advocate for Privatizing and Ruining Medicare and Social Security President of the Misunderstood Lyrics and Messages Club

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They tried to warn us. I remember the exact moment when I first heard this album. I was on a bus bouncing through the back roads of the South San Juan Mountains of Colorado. This was the last album I heard before 24 days of hardcore alpine mountaineering with a crew of five dudes, ice axes, lines, and brand new boots. Hundreds of miles and weeks later and the lyrics were still bouncing around in my brain as they had all along the trail. The album stands. It was way ahead of its time. Probably is still ahead of its time and inaccessible to a lot of Americans who will never understand. Game-changer.

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Can’t believe I never listened to this before this shit bangs. It’s aggressive and in your face but also pointed and political. Morello is insane on guitar and De La Rocha is just an absolute force. And the revolutionary politics here only seem to get better with age. No skips, great album.

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5

Hell yeah!

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5

Perfect encapsulation of what it advertises to be with no apologies, and some great songs to go with it.

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5

RAGE! Filled with heavy hitting singles and an overtly political sensibility, Rage synthesized a rap-rock sound that only has sparsly been replicated with success by others.

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The music and message align and what would normally not work (funky rap rock) sounds vital and exciting. Album maybe tails off a big towards the end.

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3.75/5. It was fine, too intense for me. I think as an album it is good, but I just do not enjoy this type of music, and that affects what I think of an album.

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Explosive in the best way. And so groovy. 7.5/10 F.T.: Bomobtrack

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Excellent blend of metal, rap, and hardcore. Not that foreign today but ground-breaking in its time. It's also aged very well and is still as relevant and heavy today. Favorite tracks: "Bombtrack", "Wake Up"

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Yeah! Rage! Rage hard!

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Really good, may listen to more

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Not really my style but a lot of fun. Anger, angst, antiestablishment. Started really strong and kind of tailed off.

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Such an iconic album, though I'm between 4 and 5 stars, only because I can't say that I love every song on here. I would give 4.5 stars if I could.

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4

Good tracks. Pulsing rhythm, without being too hardcore. Could be something to put on in the background for workouts

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Makes Kirstie Rage (not against the machine)

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Very consistent production

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tom morello was SHREDDDINGGG i liked this album way more than i thought i would, it's perfect whenever you need a good energy boost and get your angst out.

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Nostalgic for me

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debut album of RATM. They were sort of the first to successfully merge heavy metal and hip hop. The cover photo is of a real monk who self-immolated as a protest.

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1st one. it's good, not great

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Re-listening for the generator. Great stuff here full of fire, back when raging against the machine was automatically cool and wasn’t seemingly exclusively the province and purview of smug dorks online. 8/10

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Great 👍🏻

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First few songs have a really great beat, great melody. Not a metal music fan but this is great. Not a fan of the demo tracks at disc 2, but overall the album is great. Although I am looking for a more diversified melody in the album, it is still alright.

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I don't really know what Rage is usually categorized as, but the lyrics and message are straight up punk. I think that the album has aged rather well, to the point where if you knew some disenfranchised teen you could say "hey, listen to this" and they'd eat it up. This is also the only Rage album that I can listen to; it's not that there wasn't enough things to sing about, but it seems they focussed all their energy on making sure their first album had exactly what they wanted to say on it, and kinda ran out of a theme or message for the others. Like, this album they wanted to sing about X, Y and Z, and in their other albums it was like "hey we haven't sung about G yet, let's do a song about G." I think the only issue with it now is that it was overplayed, so most of its magic has been lost via familiarity.

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Oh my god boys let me breathe

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cool

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Still extremely listenable

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i thoroughly enjoyed the whole fuckin thing. I'll go back through it with the lyrics sometime

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Wonderfully angry. Really good.

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Couple of duffers but mostly a nostalgic banger. Morello is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation

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A baller of an album, big hit of nostalgia for me as one of the first more edgier albums I listened to. Some misses on here means it doesn't quite make a 5* for me but the hits are so strong its close. 4*

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Classic, the only band I can think of that successfully mixes rap and metal. Although I prefer battle of la

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Wea wena

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Good

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Pretty good.

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Amazing, 8/10. Already listened to some of these songs regularly

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Thought it was try hard at first but this is good shit

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Didn’t realize how many songs I recognized from it. Quality album

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LOUD NOISES

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Didn’t think I would like it. Turns out it’s pretty awesome. Bits of hip hop mixed with rock and roll.

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Best anti-establishment album ever

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This is a fantastic album with some incredible talent behind it. Highlights are bombtrack, know your enemy and wakeup

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killing in the name blijft hard. Ik heb ook de demo's beluisterd en zijn ook goed. Ik moet wel zeggen dat het op de duur (2 uur lang) vaak een dezelfde sound krijgt. Heb ook niet echt naar de lyrics geluisterd. Mindset's a threat Township rebellion zijn aanraders

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Stevig, powerfull, gewoonweg 😤😤. Killing in the name of krijgt op de plaat een nieuw leven. Als single wat overrated en grijs gedraaid maar in het geheel komt het volledig tot zijn recht en tilt dit album tot een volgend niveau. DAMN, that "take the power back" base intro! drums op het einde van "bullet in the head" klinken als gunshots. Know your enemy, de gitaarrif, so nice. I need that enter shikari collab. 4.5/5

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Mucha energía, música muy molona, de adolescente me habría vuelto loco.

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I don't even care about their politics or whatever. This album is straight up 'getting swole' or prepping for an underground fight music. If music makes me want to kick some ass, it gets a good rating. Not a five, though, because the lyrics do get all Edgy College Freshman at times.

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I have to be in the right mood for Rage, but when I am they get me fired up. They pack all the righteous indignation, outrage, and anger at the way the world is into really strong songs. I think this album was groundbreaking. 4 stars.

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Nous goes vroom vroom I really like

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Wake Up is good.

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God I love a good bassline. Settle for Nothing stands out for that reason

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nzm ko je ove naljutio al dobro ih je naljutio

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Full of absolute bangers. Killing in the name, Bullet in the Head and Wake Up being particular standouts

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fun

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Seminal hip-hop/rock but a bit samey

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Cool to listen to after playing the songs on guitar hero for years

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Classic album of my teenage years.

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Still get aggressive from it (which is a good thing in this case hehe)!

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There’s some wicked tracks here and the lads rock hard. Although the tracks become indistinguishable after a while, it’s fun to dip into once in a while to enjoy the anger and the energy.

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This album is a blast and reminds me greatly of my teenager rage. Was surprised how much I liked the handful of songs that didn't become singles from this album.

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Banger album, but in typical Gen X fashion and given RATM's career from then on, I wonder to what extent I was being sold an "angry youth" narrative from a group of guys that are all now multimillionaires. Still, it was really a new sound for its time and I confess that I still give it a spin now and then.

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Great album all the way through, surprised I hadn't heard a few of the tracks before

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Strong debut. Bombastic and, of course, Killing in the name of.

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Man, I wish I'd been switched on to music when this album came out (and not, like, 3 years old) because I reckon I would have felt like I'd just discovered the cold hard heavy truth of the universe, and it would have absolutely fucked me up in the best of ways.

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Home of the excellent and iconic 'Killing in the Name', objectively the best Christmas number 1 of all time. Rage Against the Machine starts out really strong, has a bit of a dip in the middle before it Wakes Up (see what I did there) again towards the end. Overall, though, a great listen.

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Feels like an angsty trip down a funky memory lane. Solid album.

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Soundtrack of my youth. Hearing this again as an adult only gives me more appreciation for the sentiments expressed within.

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Classic

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clearly rock with something? Some anarchist ideas and revolutionary tones, lots of throat hurting shouting and repetition. Why not?

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What a classic

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Bombtrack - Cool start to the album. Gets you in the moods for what I assume is to come. Actually really like this track. Killing in the Name - Classic. Take the Power Back - The bass at the start is the best thing about this song. Bullet in the Head - This had me dancing around the room air guitaring so I must like it. Not too big a fan of Take the Power Back or Settle for Nothing and thought Freedom was a bit of a boring one to end on but overall really solid album - first time I've listened to Rage properly and really enjoyed it, nice angry music to move to. Literally have no idea how people can think 'Rage Against the Machine should keep politics out of their songs'0 when that's all they're about! :')

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Great when you're in the mood for it.

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Really can feel the rage, what a nice album, maybe a litle bit repetitive

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heavy rap rock. Gotta be in the mood.

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Lots of energy - very angry

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Liked this more than I expected to. It's too long, but I enjoyed it throughout. 3.5/5

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This albums does not stop

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What a banger of an album. The bass lines and lyrics are equally powerful. It's a tragedy the same themes of injustice are still at play 30 years later. Bombtrack, Killing In the Name, Take the Power Back, Know Your Enemy are my top picks.

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4.1 - heavy bass beats and engaging vocals. Great lyrics. The mix of heavy metal and rap creates a sum that is greater their individual parts.

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Tom Morello is the man. The guitar is the best I have heard yet on this project.

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Turns out most Rage songs I really like are on this album. High energy, lots of anger, great lyrics.

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Politically Poignant Today

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Oh here we go. Love Rage Against the Machine, and I think I've heard this album before but it's nice to hear it again. They've always got a fantastic level of....yep, you guessed it: rage. Strong political lyrics, especially those on Killing in the Name that are burned in my brain: "some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses." Really funny that some people accuse them these days of softening or becoming lefties or whatever. Those people have no concept of "the machine." Anyway, legendary band and fantastic album album, big shout out to Tom Morello on guitar. Favorite tracks: Killing in the Name, Know Your Enemy, Bombtrack, Fistful of Steel, Freedom. Album art: Harrowing picture of the monk who burned himself alive in Saigon. These guys clearly don't possess the peace or calm that he had, but the message gets through just the same. 4.5/5

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HOT album. I love Rage and first grew into them during the Guitar Hero days. Last year I listened to their discography (or was that two years ago now) and there are some bangers on here. I love Bombtrack and Killing in the Name.

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The album starts agressively, all in, and is full of energy. Middle of the album (e.g. Settle for nothing) is a bit less energetic

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Probably a 4.5, a few tracks don't quite hit the mark but it's great nonetheless

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In many ways I've never moved past the year 2000 when I heard Wake Up (The Matrix) and Guerrilla Radio (THPS2) for the first time. The rebel unlocked. Drop the steak, eat the rich. // Some of those that hold office, are the same that burn crosses //

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4, pretty fucking good motherfucker. Rap and metal has never mended this well. The cover is so goddamn cool and iconic, that its hard not to put it at 5 just to see it, but the music is just not quite there. Too samey.

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to this day

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Мне кажется ребятам нужно было остановиться на половине альбома.

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Ground breakingly different. So Good.

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Still stands up as a great album

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I've managed to avoid RATM all these years and now I'm not sure why. I think I assumed they'd be too rage-y for me. Turns out we're outraged by the same stuff and I should have listened before. I dig it.

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Hmmm...some Rage Against the Machine. I know of them, but maybe by pretty much name only. For the first 20 seconds of the first track, I thought "Oh, this isn't what I was expecting at all. I could really like this...Ah...there it is, that's it..." Rage has a sound similar to other harder rockin' bands of the 90s. I actually have a greater appreciation for their sound now than I did when I was younger, I think. There is nice funkiness to the rock music here. But also, after nearly an hour of being yelled at, I was kind of exhausted.

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Rock guitarrero con fuerza. Canciones que algunas han perdurado en el tiempo. Voz inconfundible

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i sure appreciate the purpose of every lyric in this album! rage held exactly nothing back in every song—lyrically and musically. i have nothing but respect for tom morello, as a person and a guitarist, and i absolutely love hearing that killer guitar. morello and his guitar absolutely make this album better. that being said, some songs were great! some, however, were grating against my precious ears—which i recognize is the whole point of it, 'cause rage goes against the mainstream. but it resulted in me unfortunately skipping some tracks. the whole album does deserve to have a listen. rage's anger came through easily. the album inspires more anger, and encourages the continued social justice fight. not to mention, this combination of rap and metal was so unique for its time. at the time of this review, rage is up for nomination for the rock and roll hall of fame for their fifth year. i hope 2022 is their year. fight the man.

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Excellent album. Funky, hard and political.

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Very Very good title album

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One of the more influential and political rock albums. Rage makes a very strong and hardcore album. Roche has a great way of vocalizing and making his voice carry into your ears and thoughts. Killing in the Name is one of the best rock tracks ever as well. A phenomenal album. 8.6/10

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I listened to this and now I want to break something.

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Although quite samey (chorus = repeat the same line louder and louder until shout reached) this is great. V familiar but much funkier than I remembered. Mad to think it's very clear about their politics 30 years ago and still people don't get it.

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I'll never totally understand why I wasn't dialed into this band until much later on. I was 20 when this album came out and totally into the whole post punk and grunge movements. Yet, this band completely escaped me. Maybe I was still too Republican at the time. I can't imagine being more pissed off at life than in 1992.

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exactly as name suggests.

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Enjoyed more now that I listened more carefully. Still not keen on the vocals, but the music is good. I enjoyed many of the later songs on the album like "wake up".

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Every tone in Rage's arsenal is distinctive, and the self-titled sticks to meat and potatoes from opening to closing riffs. The album's well-aged, sadly. It's a pretty simple record; That's not a bad thing, but does mean that the mentioned riffs aren't as melodically distinctive as they could have been. By far one of the best album covers ever, but I suppose that comes down to a perfect photograph.

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FUCK Prefs: Bombtrack, Killing In The Name, Take The Power Back, Bullet In The Head, Know Your Enemy, Wake Up, Township Rebellion, Freedom Moins pref: Settle For Nothing

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Classic.

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I don't think I will ever get tired of this album, although playing it in the car might lead to a few speeding tickets. Tom Morello's innovative guitar effects are the icing on the cake here. 4 stars no doubt. Almost every track is a must-listen.

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Detta komme vidare til oslo

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Rock/alternative metal mixed with white rap. The music is interesting and experimental. I was only bored with the first track, it's quite repetitive, but the rest of the album was a pleasant surprise. I don't dig the vocalist. He sounds like prepubescent Fred Durst. The bass tone is killer. I feel if I gave this album a 3/5 someone would make me look like the guy on the album cover.

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It’s hard to believe this album came out in 1992, 30 years ago! I would have guessed late 90s. Regardless, this album rocks and the shining star is Tom Morello’s guitar with Timmy C’s bass being notable too. These guys’ music makes me want to run through a brick wall. It’s that powerful. Zach de la Rocha’s delivery also gets me amped up. The guy strongly dislikes the establishment. The last two songs trail off a bit, but not enough to totally derail this flaming wrecking ball of rage.

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Killing in the Name one of my goats. This album being 30 years old really makes you realize time is a circle tho

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Always a classic. Not a fan of every track but a stellar band from the 90’s.

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Absolute classic. Always admired artists that so tastefully bring together multiple genres and this is no exception; an exciting splicing of funk, rock and hip hop.

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A little samey but some great tracks

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3.5 for now but once I really have a chance to examine the lyrics that could change

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if angry people were put into a sound this was it but if you know killing in the name its all the same

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I know this is a legendary protest album, but I don't love the sound - a bit yell-y

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My first real listen to Rage. Guitar magic.

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Creative

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This seems pretty juvenile now but then these dudes were in their early 20s. It also is still very rousing and bad-ass

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Some bangers and definitely appropriate for the end of 2020 beginning of 2021

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Very good messages. Applicable at any time. Kinda like a 1984 meets Eckhart Tolle. I can appreciate it for it’s lyricism but most of the music and melodies sounded the same. Only a few songs stood out as replayable for a casual listen. Mostly enjoyable just for the experience. A bit anxiety inducing just in my current frame of mind. It felt like platitudes were being angrily yelled at me and I was being punished. 3.5/5

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If the Red hot chili peppers and the Beastie Boys got amped up with some coke at a backyard bbq... I listen to most of my music while at my desk working and this was a bit too angry for me to focus on spreadsheets

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I feel kinda wrong, because I know how many people loves RATM and I also enjoyed this album, but it doesn’t feels like more then 3 for me :/

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It was ok, just wasn't for me I think I need to listen to it in another headspace. Very in your face, tear down the establishment type beat. I listen to it a couple of days ago so don't remember notable favorite tracks but I liked the start of it

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Muy cañero!!! Disco para el dia que te quieres cargar al sistema por completo. Lo mejor sin duda es el nombre del grupo !!!

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The energy level is impressive. Their sound is  like the heavier songs  the Red Hot Chili Peppers' did but with more piss and vinegar. I did find it a little tough to handle the  full speed right at you onslaught for the first 15 minutes. My kingdom for a ballad. Settle for Nothing was a change of pace but it wasn't a strong song. Bullet in the Head folded Hip Hop into metal very effectively. That was a good tune but then they returned to the full out pace they started with.

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finally did it! lyrics are the essential part, i got bored of the guitar stuff which i found a bit samey (all in same key as far as i could hear) but the words were great and important

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Good baselines but too much screaming rather than singing.

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It's like listening to the same song ten times in a row. The first one or two tracks were good, but very boring toward the end.

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not my type of music

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Rage Against the Machine's debut album was controversial, because of the album artwork and the politically themed lyrics in all of its songs. Aside from these things, the metal/rock music was produced well and the album instantly made this band famous.

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Glad we listened to it, wouldn’t listen to it again. What was here was great, just very repetitive and about twenty minutes too long.

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3,2 Zeker albumke dat ik ooit nog is opnieuw zou opzetten. Artist had zelf een bepaalde swag dat me wel verraste. Album cover goes hard thooo! (verhaal erachter is wel sad maar wel respect voor die Buddhist!)

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Good but lyrics can be overly repetitive at times.

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Yes Debt to Public Enemy very evident. Bit more metal with funky moments particularly the bass, really tight drumming

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3.5

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Not my favourite kind of music though a geniality

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A mensagem e a revolta marcam este álbum, todo ele é movimentado por este sentimento. Mas o gênero não vai muito com o meu gosto. As músicas parecem muitas vezes muito semelhante, sendo que os vocais mais se assemelham entre si. O killing in the name of é uma obra prima. Nota: 5/10

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do what they told ya

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October 1, 2021 Angry, but not bad.

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Noisy. Good.

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A little repetitive, and probably too angry for normal listening, but still kinda fun. Now let's go destroy something.

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Another in the long list of well-known bands I managed to miss entirely when they were popular. I heard their name a lot in the 90s, but somehow just never heard their music. Anyway, I've listened to them a little bit in the past year or so because I stumbled upon a recent video of Tom Morello playing guitar and it was really interesting. Listening to this album fully for the first time (I've heard two or three of the tracks before, but not the whole album), I can hear why it appeals to so many, especially when I drop it in the early 90s and play it back in my mind that way. Musically, I think these guys play incredibly well. I know as an amateur musician that why I'm hearing is not easy to do. Much as I appreciate this band in a few ways -- e.g., music (as mentioned), hard-hitting political messages (most of which resonate with my views), no sampling or heavy production, etc. -- I still haven't turned into a major fan. I don't dislike the album or the band, not at all, and there are moments and tracks on this album I like. It's fun and compelling in some spots. I think I might find it a bit "much" at times, mostly due to the music getting pretty frenetic and the lead vocalist screaming (I know that's intentional for effect, but it's usually not something I like to hear) so I don't think I'd listen to them for a great length of time, but there's some real good stuff going on here.

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Some great tracks, but find it hard to really enjoy it as an album at times.

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Really enjoyed this although I would have liked a second listen. High 3*

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I think I like the idea of RATM more than I enjoy how that idea is executed. Another one that isn't ancient but sounds more dated than albums twice as old. Still fun, though, and righteous.

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Not exactly my favorite. There is a reason this is so well known, but it doesn’t really blow me away.

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I think rap metal just isn't my thing, but it's refreshing to see that songs that just repeat the same lyrics over and over aren't a new fad.

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Nostalgia bias heavy with this album for me, but definitely feel like it front loads it's gems and falls short a little after that.

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But 5 for the album title song!

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6/10

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I really appreciated the themes, the sound isn’t quite for me though.

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I really enjoyed listening to this album-very familiar yet just before my time.

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Don't mind the rock.

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This is an album I have to be in the right mood to appreciate. It is obviously a classic but not something I want to listen to every day. 3.5/5

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This album makes me want to RAAAGE... against the machine. I envision some gnarly workouts to this album in my near future.

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Nu metal

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This takes me back too.

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What a debut album from Rage! They are sometimes credited with developing the metal-rap genre. If that's not true, they certainly were paramount in perfecting it. The fact that they already have the formula down so well on their debut album is incredibly telling. The group shows a lot of energy on this album in both the metal and rap areas, and they clearly have a handle on what it takes to make these genres successful independently and together. They also find a common ground for metal and rap in the topic of politics; the lyrics and imagery on this album are incredibly motivated by political themes. An enjoyable listen from such a unique band!

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This is me and my mates drinking beers underage and acting silly.

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I'm surprised that I didn't hate this. It's probably one of the best examples of nu-metal but it's still nu-metal and thus sounds quite dated. What not dated is the social commentary however

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another boy task, but better than motörhead

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It's all in the name isn't it

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Surprisingly liked a few songs. It still stands the test of time. Still a little too metal for my taste at times but there are songs I'll revisit.

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Wird nach den ersten paar Tracks wirklich schwach, war eigentlich guten Willens.

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Protest

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Boring

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Znowu cos debiutanckiego, tym razem cos blizszego czarnemu graniu, bo jedna z najbardziej popularnych politycznie aktywnie niepoprawnych band muzyki popularnej, czyli Rage Against The Machine z swoim debiutanckim krazkiem z 92, dodatkowo wydanego dokladnie w dniu wyborow prezydenckich, czego to sie nie robi zeby pokazac o czym ma byc plyta sama data wydania, promocja sie udala, bo jest to ponadczasowy klasyk gatunku rap metalowego, dosc mlodego gatunku w tamtych czasach, zespol czteroosobowy dosc standardowo, gitarka, bas i drumy, no i wokal pana Zacka de la Rocha, ktory jest tym elementem z ktorym kojarzy sie caly zespol lub przynajmniej ten krazek, chociaz tutaj w pamiec zapada rowniez mocna okladka z calopaleniem w sajgonie, wiec jak najbardziej na temat na albumie utrzymany rowniez w tym aspekcie, bo przewrotowe tresci sa tutaj podane z wyjatkowo silnym przekonaniem, ktore jest chyba rzecza najbardziej przyciagajaca ucho sluchacza, czuc ze osoba krzyczaco rymujaca robi to z przekonaniem, instrumentale sa jedynie dla niej tlem na ktorym wyrzuca z siebie jad w strone prawej strony mocy, co do samych instrumentali, to najbardziej rzuca sie w oczy mocne haratanie w gitarke, nie tylko na najbardziej znanym hicie bandy czyli killing in the name of, ale na calej plycie jest ona wyjatkowo slyszalna, stoi za nia Tom Morello, bas operowany przez Timmiego C., drumy natomiast gra pan o polsko brzmiacym nazwisku Brad Wilk, liryka jest creditowana do calej bandy, tak samo jak i produkcja, w czym moze cos byc, bo przeciez jest to rewydanie demka wczesniejszego, na 52 minutach zmiescilo sie 10 utworow, wiec raczej dluzsze granie z licznymi momentami zmian tempa, czy zmian energii, bo w jednym momencie normalny wokal rymowany, dalej chantowanie przechodzace w wyjcowanie, wiec prawdziwa synteza rapu i metalu, material stary, ale jary, wiec dobrze przypomniec sobie takie klasyki, na plejke rokowa dodam settle for nothing now, jeden z raczej sleeperowych utworow krazka wedlug spotifaja, ale ciekawa w swojej prostocie linia melodyczna grana przez gitarke mnie tutaj wciagnela, rapowa plejka juz miala kiedys dodane killing in the name, wiec nic wiecej nie dodaje, z ideologicznymi teksami jest zazwyczaj tak, ze albo sie jest za nimi lub przeciwko, ale jakos nie potrafie sie az tak wciagnac do zadnego z obu szancow tej wojny

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popular? interesting? radical? sure. there aren't many rock groups singing against racism and other abuses of power. but it's so lightweight. does it rally more than it catalyzes? de la rocha's life adjacent to his music gives weight

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gg

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Wow a lot on here is just not my sort of music but gave this one a chance. Didn't make it all the way to the end due to angry, political, shouty delivery. Quite liked 'Wake Up'. Rating 2/5.

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I'm too old for this. Rap metal is not a genre for me anymore if it ever was. Killing In The Name is the obvious highlight here but I like it way less than I used to.

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Feels angsty and gives me anxiety. Sooo angsty omg. Has nice guitar riffs though but every song sounds the same.

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0 memorable

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I don't like it. I can see why people do but it's not for me.

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2/5 really not my cup of tea, i kind of have a headache :(

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альбом фонової музики при виході рестлерів із WWE

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2|13

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I don’t understand Rage

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I was surprised how much I enjoyed this album at least the first half. I like most when the band goes soft loud there's not enough of that to keep me interested for more than a few songs. The heavy-handed politics are also a bit grating over the long haul. I would give it 2.5bstars if half stars were allowed but for this exercise...2 stars

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I "got into" this band after Evil Empire was released. 1992 was a couple years before I started playing guitar and paying attention to music that wasn't Boys II Men. The "first record" of so many great 90s bands was lost on me as a result. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Rage, you name it. That being said, I liked listening to this. The blend of funk and rock was novel at the time and I loved it. And, rapping over rock hadn't been bastardized by Durst & Co. So, in the context, I like this record. But I would never listen to it in 2021. So, 2.

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First listen. Need to listen again. 2/5

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Listened to about half. It was not so bad, had good riffs and I liked the lead singer's voice, for that style of singing, I admired it more than most, quite tuneful

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I remember thinking of Rage as the smart and good rap-rock band, I guess along with Faith No More. It seems like that subgenre could've just ended there and we woulda been fine. But Rage were still always at arm's length for me. Nothing here really gets me. Killing in the Name comes the closest. This just never connected with me.

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Some good riffs and energy, but feels like something you grow out of. I agree with the other reviewer - listen to Public Enemy

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Sounds like it was written by angry college freshmen.

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Peak divorced dad rock. It really has not aged well.

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First listen. Pretty good for scream rock. 2/5

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Taking their cues from Public Enemy and emboldening a generation of Jonathan Davis's and Fred Durst's, Rage intrigue me because from high school on I've met untold white guys who have no time for rap--or metal, for that matter--but revere this album. So they get marks for cultural legitimacy. But I won't get bogged down in comparisons, because Rage are their own beast. No one has ever sounded quite like them. Probably because, like so many bands, they fell together out of fragments. Break them into their constituent parts and it's not so pretty. You get a rapper who's only a couple of bars better than Bombfunk MCs, some severely limited funk, and bonehead metal riffs. But combined, they turn their failures into something unique. For one thing, each element takes pressure off the others. The dual attack guitars whirling and thrashing means De La Rocha doesn't have the room to rap well even if he could. He just has to go nuts and buzz around like a dervish, which he can do, semi-vomiting his lines. And that benefits the rhythm, which would be found out if it had to bear the weight of raps from Chuck D or (allowing for time travel) Kendrick Lamar. And that's about all I have to say. I enjoy bopping and jumping and head banging to this for a while, but it doesn't take long before I find myself wondering if they have any other tricks up their sleeve. History tells us that they did on Evil Empire, but then they got scared and went back to basics.

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Not my cup of tea. Look, I get why a lot of angry teenagers discover RATM and are all in immediately. It is a strong (often misinterpreted, looking at you republicans...) message and certainly conveys the emotional side.

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Not really for me, very same-y and shout-y. Well played, unique and broke boundaries on release, but, again, not for me.

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Nope

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probably too much 3? no. 2 at best. 1 if im cranky

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Natuurlijk ken ik "Killing in the name of", maar ik vind het niet zo'n heel bijzonder nummer. Daarmee kom je dan ook meteen bij het probleem van dit album. Als je geen echte hard-rock liefhebber bent dan is het niet heel interessant. Het is niet echt heel erg swingend (up-tempo), en een bijzondere melodie of mooie zang is er ook niet. **

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Not bad for it’s genre just not my type of music. I don’t like yelling instead of singing.

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Liking the guitar… couldn’t listen to any more than half hour at a time though. An acquired taste not for me. Absolute wank. Rape for my poorly little ears. I liked the guitar but that’s about it. The bass was good throughout tbf. Not for me tho. 2/5

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Very anger, much yelling! Some clever rhyming and strong protest vibes. The name definitely fits. Tones of energy and drive, but I don’t really like listening to it, it makes me feel yucky. LOTS of repetition to drive home what they want the audience to focus on.

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Blir for mykje

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I've never been a big Rage fan, they've always felt a little too "I'm 14 and this is deep" for me. However, I'm really enjoying the deeper cuts on this album a lot more than their typical popular songs. Oh, and that one song from The Matrix is on here so that's pretty cool.

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Did not like this album

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Pass

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nooooooope

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No.

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What an album cover! What a band name! And they are a true protest band, something rare! Hard to stomach the aggressive music and shouting though.

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Bah

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This is a good album. I'm giving it 1 star (would give a million negative if I could), because ultimately, their revolutionary talk is just a façade for a genocidal instinct and material lust that is so typical of your everyday armchair communist, castrated, burgeois, and with zero responsibility for his own life. Their White genocide video with that bitch Tim Wise is inexcusable, and I hope they will all burn in hell with a cactus up their ass

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nein!

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Nah. Not for me.

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I just want to make it absolutely clear I have no problems with rage. And I fuckin love machines. I mean rage is perfectly normal. Natural even. And machines god bless em. You just wanna stroke there robot heads and day there there. It's not their fault they were made that way. They are a victim in all this and anybody who suggests otherwise is completely and utterly missing the point. And briefly returning to the gallant subject of rage. It's bold. It's beautiful. It's the past. It's the future. It's now. Oh and by the way this album sucks ass. Which makes it sound better than it is. No man, I mean it really sucks. More than a three year old licking a great big lollipop. More than a vacuum cleaner. More than a new born baby More than Larry the fuckin lamb who's just been born into this strange but beautiful world. Before I finish this review just ask yourself why? Then as who? Then ask what? Then ask where? Then ask how? And last but definitely not least ask where? Only then can you truly understand the way of the ninja. Only then can find peace within. Only then can you listen to this album and realise what complete piece of arse wank it really is.

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Not a fan

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This was something i had never listened to before, despite being 20/21 yrars old when it came out. This kind of metal was never my thing, and i never paid much attention to it. this 1001 project made me give it a go, and i guess that is part of the point. i listened to the first 30-40 minutes while walking the dog yesterday afternoon. the first two bands that came to mind, both contemporaries of RATM were the Beastie Boys, and Nirvana. both of whom I love, But this just didnt do it for me. Angry, serious, political, raw. no humour, no finesse and no fun, for me. And i couldnt finish it. But the sound / vibe kept coming back to me in the evening and i decided to give it another go this morning. i listened to the whole thing. i didnt love it. its hard to put my finger on it. And from reading about it is was evidently an important and successful album. The music is raw, and i dont think great. the lyrics are serious snd angry, but no finesse. All of this may be deliberate but it leaves me wondering why i should listen. The message is, for me, drwoned out in noise and screaming. i reckon that unless this project gives me another RATM album, i will probably never listen to them again. But i did give it a go!

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This was perhaps supposed to inspire me to feel rage against the machine, but all I felt was rage against Rage Against the Machine.

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Not my thing!

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Cover art 3/5. Feel pretentious

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Not only is it noise but it’s noise with an excessive amount of bad language which to me is an instant turn off

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headbanger music ❌ headache music✅ terrible, copy and pasted and distasteful worse genre of all time cringe lead singer 1/5 cool album cover tho

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Don’t like metal Like machines too much

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This is the second rage album I listened to. The first one was a little later in their career where they knew their sound. This album feels like they just don't know where they're going with some of the songs. Dudes voice is great but can get old. Really did not like the 2nd half of the album 2/10

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Ummm..I really don’t get. Lots of rage and lots of noise…not very musical.

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repetitive

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Not really my cup of tea and kinda depressing. Reading about his life made it even more depressing, but it is a good album sonically. Fruit tree was probly my fave

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HELL YEAH

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i thoroughly enjoyed the whole fuckin thing. I'll go back through it with the lyrics sometime

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The photo is more interesting than the album

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i thoroughly enjoyed the whole fuckin thing. I'll go back through it with the lyrics sometime

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