Rage Against the Machine

by Rage Against the Machine

(1992) Epic

Personnel Tom Morello, Zach de la Rocha, Timmy C, Brad Wilk
Description Still the definitive blend of hip hop and rock. Guitarist Tom Morello cuts and transforms his Page-influenced licks like a turntablist. Tom creates grooves and effects that could only have come from a student of DJ culture.
Posted By Greg Spotts (8)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
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On 2/21/2001, Anthony Holden (9426) posted:
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Whenever you need a boost of adrenaline, put this CD on. Every song speaks out right at you. The amazing feature of the album is the rhythm; nice'n'tight for Zack's powerful voice and Morello's squealing guitar. Not many albums put out these days has all the songs worthwhile. This one is an exception. I can't pick my fav's because most of them are. In my view, this album is original, the band is original. I highly recommend it.
On 1/19/2001, Ben Gardiner (9) posted:
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This is my favorite album of all time This makes Limp Bizkit look like a bunch of f---ing high school kids.
On 10/29/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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One of the defining albums of the 90's, Rage's first delivers their message of activism to the fullest. of their 3 cds, this one contains the hardest melodies and lyrics. i listened to it about 30 times in 2 days after i got it. too bad they broke up
On 10/6/2000, Tim Segal (82) posted:
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I've never understood the hype about this album, after my friends raving reviews, i was disappointed. Used to listening to punk, rock and grunge, this was a let down. The lyrics don't seem to fit with the guitar playing, at least in rap the rapping matches the beat. I felt the lyrics could have been over any backing and it wouldn't have made much difference. I have to admit Tom Morello, guitar playing is excellent and some of the riffs are good as well, but they just down fit with the songs. After this one I am definitely not going to buy the others.
On 9/1/2000, Chris Ray (179) posted:
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I think the above reviewers hit all the major points. I'd just like to add that this is one of the few albums that I can enjoy start to finish. I'm constantly finding a "new favorite song" from this record. Simply amazing.
On 1/7/2000, Jimmy Crossen (1015) posted:
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This cd was great. it has it all. From heavy guitar riffs to strong vocals.
On 10/1/1999, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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I must agree. Rage is the first, and best, Hip hop-rock bands out there. Don't you find it funny how Korn's Jonanthan Davis said "We named our new album Follow the Leader because everyone wants to be like us and jump on the Hip-hop rock bandwagon." As I recall, follow the leader was released in 97, way after Rage's self-titled came out. Then again, the Beastie Boys experimented with this genre is liscense to ill, but they never took it seriously until now.
On 9/16/1999, Craig Smoot (906) posted:
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Rage, baby RAGE!  Everything the original reviewer said was 100% Right On and then some.  These guys are head and shoulders above the competition mainly due to their innovative and fresh approach, but also important are the messages they send in their lyrics.  "Killing In The Name Of" was their hit single from this one, but I gotta say that "Know Your Enemy" is hands down one of the coolest album tracks I've ever heard in my life!  If you don't think Morello can rip, just listen to the solo in that tune.  And to think these guys do it all with just three instruments, some effects and an angry frontman.
On 6/14/1999, Greg Spotts (8) posted:
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Released in 1992, this album was not the first attempt to blend rap with hard rock. But it was the first one to get it right. And it still kicks butt over the suburban wannabees currently selling tonnage like Limp Bizkit. The songwriting is lean and mean, with a political agenda that gives the album an urgency missing in typical albums of this genre. But it's the innovative guitar playing that keeps me coming back to this CD. Guitarist Tom Morello searched for ways to cut up his licks like a hip hop DJ. He installed a transformer button on his guitar so he could mute the sound out momentarily like a DJ does with a mixer. On this album Tom created many grooves and effects that mirror the sonic vocabulary of an old-school DJ like Public Enemy's Terminator X. Tom choose his sounds and voicings very effectively to build tension in concert with Zach's lyrical blasts. Zep fans will enjoy the heavy bottom and ambitious, "progressive" arrangements. I'd be interested in seeing other reviews of albums featuring guitarists who are explicitly inspired by another instrument.