The Battle Of Los Angeles

by Rage Against the Machine

(1999) Epic #EK 69630

Personnel Zack De La Rocha - Vocals; Tom Morello - Guitars; Y.tim.K - Bass; Brad Wilk - Drums
Description Rage's last album of the decade could prove to be the Rock/Rap innovators' strongest to date.
Posted By Craig Smoot (906)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 10/29/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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Rage's final record definitely illustrates the maturity of the band 9 years into their career. the songs are more thought-out, as opposed to heavy, funk-laden, few-note riffs. the lyrics are still angry, too. i personally prefer the old Rage, though, so this gets a 4
On 9/1/2000, Chris Ray (179) posted:
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Wow, Rage really went to town with this record. It's almost more fun than their debut, almost. "Guerrilla Radio" is a rocking jam and so is "Sleep Now in the Fire." "Calm Like a Bomb" is great, too, but I am totally besotted on "Testify," the first track. Has anyone else noticed all the Orwell references Rage makes? "Who controls the past now, controls the future / Who controls the present now, controls the past" is straight out of 1984. It was one of "The Party's" [tm] slogons. Anyway, this record is great--as are its music videos.
On 11/4/1999, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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Rage's latest showing is a fine blend of elements from both previous albums. The funky guitars noises made by Tom and his wacky kill-switch are bountiful in this album, as are his trademark Zeppelin riffs. The album starts off strong, with powerful hits like "Testify", "Calm Like a Bomb", and "Guerilla Radio", but then mellows out somewhat in the middle. Rage comes right back at you in the end though, with a few more powerful hits. This album is definetly saturated in political opinions, and it seems as if the mainstream attention they are getting has not affected their music. As Craig said, a definet buy for any Rage fan, but newcomers should try the self-titles debut first.
On 11/4/1999, Craig Smoot (906) posted:
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Head's up Rage fans, for this one's got it all!  Basically put, "The Battle Of Los Angeles" seemlessly melds all the righteous riffs and funk-laden grooves of the first album along with the envelope-pushing guitar colourings and explorations of their 2nd album.  These guys are the true innovators of the genre, and with this latest effort I feel they are out to show the world just that.  It's a good thing that Morello actually sits down and catalogs all the weird tones and textures he comes up with, because there's so many on this album that the average cat could get lost trying to keep up with them (much less remember how to pull them off).  [On the back of the album it states: "ALL SOUNDS MADE BY GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS, AND VOCALS."]  The production seems much better on this one — not quite as raw as their debut, but the trademark RATM attitude and emotion are definitely prevalent throughout.  A Must-Buy for any Rage fan; a great starting point for anyone curious about the force that is RATM (although I'd still recommend the debut for first-timers).