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Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch CD .... there best to this date
RATM isn't your everyday oridinary band. I'll admit I'm a new Rage fan but I have heard them before, I just didn't really get into them. They are the most creative yet innovative band I have heard. They are a hell of a lot better than Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. (That doesn't say much.) They take a little time to get use to but once you do you'll find yourself wanting to listen to more and more and more. Evil Empire doesn't live up to this cd so I emplore you to get The Battle of Los Angeles . If you don't turn on to Rage , Rage will turn on to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Raw
RATM came out so heavy and angry on this their debut and realistically could never match that freshness factor again, especially as their pockets subsequently became filled with capitalist wealth. From Bombtrack to Bullet In The Head this album does exactly what it promises and rages against the unjust, disparate system we find ourselves in. Hopefully Zach will hit us with a solo album soon, especially as the remaining members have gone apolitical with the straightforward (Yet undoubtedly excellent) rock of Audioslave.

5-0 out of 5 stars So what if it's contradictory?
I understand the message Rage liked to preach completely contradicted what allowed them to get the message across to begin with. Without capitalism, this band doesn't reach the people it does and they never make it. That's fine with me, they are completely entitled to their opinion and I suppose in theory communism makes sense.

That, however is not something I want to go into. What draws me to this band is Rage Against The Machine is pure funkmetal. Tim Bob on the bass (aside from Chris Cornell) is what seperates this from the Audioslave act we see now. Tom Morello being the guitar wizard we all love; he's as talented as anyone out there. Maybe you don't agree with some of the politics here, that shouldn't affect your opinion on the music here. They deliver their music in a powerful, thought provoking manner. I can't help but love it.

Finally, I just want to add that there is nothing sophomoric about repetition in lyrics. If anything that makes the lyrics more powerful. Emphasis is key when you're sending a message and that's what Rage has always done. Message taken, although I can't say I agree with everything. Stictly from a musical standpoint this is top notch work. You're missing out if you can't open up to that fact. ... Read more

Asin: B0000028RR


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Evil Empire
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 April, 1996)
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As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Angry, Powerful, Excellent
Even better than Rage Against the Machine's first, self-titled album, Evil Empire is loud and angry, but at the same time intellegent. I've found it perfect music to blast when I'm in a bad mood, and at the same time, it has a message that I, for one, agree with.

RATM is more than the "screw them", "don't do what anyone tells you to", "if everyone else's doing it, it's wrong", or "Kill the white people" stereotypes often attirbuted them. Their message of rebellion against the power-mad, the money-mad, the lawbreakers who call themselves lawmakers, and those who would force conservative and fundamentalist ideas on others is powerful, and comes across very clearly.

I would recomend this album to anyone who likes loud music; rap or metal, it's kind of both, to anyone who..."rages against the machine", or simply anyone who's never heard it before.

5-0 out of 5 stars soundtrack for a RIOT
i will say it again: this band is thee greatest rap rock band ever. intense with huge musical muscle and plenty of venom to fuel thier rage. phenonimal musicians with a phenonimal frontman, with a strong sense of musicianship and still melodic enough to hum the melodies. basically it is black sabbath meets public enemy.
zach is an intense frontman with great rapping ability and plenty to say. i agree with amazon that sometiems he is too broad in his message and sometimes you cannot understand his words but thats why I read the lyrics in the booklet. still, he is a force to be reckoned with. his lyrical bombs are angry and potent. he rages while he raps, part rock scream and part rapper and all the while lighting fires and leaving a trail as he explodes.
the band is an inferno. brad and tim funkin it up in the back drop as tom morello uses his guitar to create soundscapes, riffs and chords to dazzle. he is a very different guitar player, combining both traditional playing with some off the wall playing. at times the sounds he creates sound almost like a DJ.
this album may not be as radical as thier first but it is more more intense. there was nothing on their first album that sounded as furious as REVOLVER. the band explodes behind (and along with) zach and the four of them together are one of the most furious and incredible forces ever to create music.
this album has some of the most accesible music. songs like PEOPLE OF THE SUN and BULLS ON PARADE are pure melodic rocked out and funked up bombs. this album was (for lack of a better word) the most accesible the band has ever been.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'm sure you don't need another pointless 5 star review.
Yeah it's a five-star album. I agree that with all the expectations put on this album to be as good as their self-titled album, this one gets a bad rap (yuk yuk). However, this contains some darn good songs as well. In fact, I might say that just because it has MORE songs, but it isn't better than the first. You see, the circumstances surrounding the first album's recording-getting a contract after only ten shows, sending out tapes, being in general a buzz-band, and then exploding in furious indignation onto people's radios every five minutes for the next ten years-gave it more attitude and rebelliousness. Evil empire has the same song formula/structure, with militant rapping and stellar, bombastic guitar work, along with a funky rythm to every song. The best part of their albums is when Zack gets all of his points accross and then just rips it up, yelling at people to fight the power, etc. I like Revolver- what happens is that the verse is slower, but like with Settle for Nothing previously, and later Born of a Broken Man, the slower verses contrast elequently with the guitar chorus. These make for the most intellectual songs on their albums, and with Revolver it certainly works. I heard someone say that there was a hip-hop scratcher on it-it's one of three things. 1) the reviewer is stupid and doesn't know that they only use bass, drums, guitar, and vocals 2) I'm really stupid and didn't know that they really used one, or 3) they copped out and got a scratcher. I hope it's number 1 because you can't break a tradition like that! Standout tracks include the short People of the Sun (hehe-short people), Revolver, Vietnow (GREAT GUITAR THERE), and of course the single, Bulls on Parade, which I find impossible to learn on guitar now matter how much I try (but I guess I suck anyway). So This is not as essential as their other studio albums, but it's much better than Renegades (because they wrote all the music). Think of a combination between Battle of L.A. and their Self-titled. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029D9


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The Battle of Los Angeles
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars their definitve and most diverse album yet
I learnt yesterday of the rumours surrounding the possible depature of rage against the machine's vocalist zack de la rocha. this came as a great disappointment and shock to me, as i was under the impression that the band's internal relationships were in their best state ever, at least better than during the infamous recording of their second (and brilliant) record evil empire. on the battle of los angeles, tom morello takes his innovative guitar playing to a new level, especially on mind-bending guitar work-outs like "mic-check", and the brutal "calm like a bomb", both of which are album standouts. "sleep now in the fire" has the band's best riffage since "killing in the name", and also showcases the tight rythm section of brad wilk and tim cummerford (the best in rock). the second half of the album is centred around the lyrics of mc zack de la rocha, whose lyrics are at his best. the experimentation and the importance of the band's hip-hop influences as opposed to their earlier black sabbath guitar driven sound makes the final songs seam together organically and hypnotically. zack's lyrics revolve around Orwellian themes, with mexican and religious imagery, and of course mumia. the bands political agenda comes across clearly, but without diminishing their music's vitality - in fact their ideals only add to the power of the music. that the band is at it's peak progressively and in diversifying itself, without comprising neither their political platform nor the initial appeal of their first two albums is a testament to rage against the machine's vitality and brilliance. as far as socio-political rock goes, this music is essential - beyond that though, the band's three records have been some of the most influential of our time, and introduced countless fans (myself included) to the hypocrisy and corporate nature of our society. the combination of rage's traditional sound along with the experimentation and career performances from all members in the band make this final album, the definitve RATM album - it's cohesive and unified feel is stronger than the riff-rock of their self-titled debut, or the lyrical intensity of the follow-up evil empire (both of which are highly recommended as well).

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not the debut, but still great.
Rage Against The Machine stood out as one of the few rap metal acts with a shred of credibility--a breath of fresh air in an era full of turgid, sophomoric nu-metal (Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, et al).

I was amazed by RATM's 1992 debut, despite the sometimes overblown political rhetoric. I rank it among my Top 30 favorite albums alongside classics like MC5's Kick Out The Jams, The Clash's London Calling, and Metallica's Ride The Lightning. Zack De La Rocha's speed-rapping spray of vitriol and Tom Morello's virtiostic guitar playing never fails to get me headbanging.

By that standard, The Battle Of LA has some big shoes to fill. While I considered this album underwhelming at first, I eventually found that it is almost as capable as the debut and a far better album than Evil Empire.

Aside from Born As Ghosts, which is pretty dull, there are no bad songs on the album. The band is as always a well-oiled machine. Morello shows that he is capable and unique as ever as he unleashes blasts of funk on Calm Like A Bomb, turntable-like effects on Maria and Mic Check, and straight ahead blast-your-eardrums rock on Sleep Now In The Fire and Born Of A Broken Man. He also pushes his guitar to new limits with the electronic-sounding bleeps of Ashes In The Fall. On the intro to Testify, Morello unleashes a sheet of eviscerating guitar that is pure Rage.

Zach unleashes his white-hot fury too, ravaging the government at every turn and rapping with the intensity of a revolutionary. He was the perfect match to the band. Though he is a great singer, Chris Cornell can't match Zach's power and unique delivery, and Audioslave sounds fairly ordinary as a result.

The downfall of The Battle Of LA is that it's ultimately a lyrical retread of the first two efforts. The "Free Mumia!" rhetoric lacks punch after it's been repeated twice before. Still, it's a strong final effort from one of the great bands of the 90's. Recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars bad
wow i thought it was just plain bad do not buy it ... Read more

Asin: B00002MZ2C


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Renegades
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 December, 2000)
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If Renegades proves to be the last Rage Against the Machine albumto feature singer Zack de la Rocha, who quit the band after nine years, it's a cool way to go out. Produced by Rick Rubin, Renegades is a salute to the artists who made Rage what they are--or were. While it's easy to hear Rage's rap roots in songs from Afrika Bambaataa, EPMD, and Volume 10, it's more interesting to see theirtake on rock in its classic and punk forms. Rage capture the raw spirit, if notthe quite the intensity, inherent in the MC5 classic "Kick Out the Jams." A superior second livetake appears at the CD's end, followed by a concert version of Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man," with help from B-Real and Sen Dog. Devo's "Beautiful World" is rendered quietly unrecognizable, while Minor Threat's "In My Eyes" is given a wonderfully melodic, ultra-aggro treatment. The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" takes on a techno vibe that's unsettling and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also effectively modernized. Ultimately, Renegades is a must-have for its song selection, musical execution, and the unhappy fact that it's likely the ultimate offering from one of rock's most musically and politically relevant lineups. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Now This Is Rock Music
Possibly my favorite Rage album, even over "Evil Empire," "Renegades" shows this versatile quartet living up to their name. The songs are heavy and funky with great distortions by Tom and bass lines by Tim. Zacks does his own take on the fantastic lyrics and accomplishes this task better than one might think, going from Cypress Hill to the Rolling Stones or Bruce Springsteen. The songs Rage picked all fit together really well, and the CD is just solid. The album is kicked off with a terrific cover of "Microphone Fiend" that fades into the pounding "Pistol Grip Pump" which snarls with aggression, both vocally and musically. "Kick out the Jams" sounds like the roots of punk; "How I Could Just Kill a Man" drips with ferocity and is the musical equivalent to getting run over by a '68 Plymouth Fury with chains on the tires. The rest of the CD is covers of older songs which are redone Rage style. The only minor problem with "Renegades" is that "The Ghost of Tom Joad" is different than the version that comes with the live video and isn't as good. But hey, that's a petty complaint when you really think about how much work it must of been to line up and rework this impressive cover album, in which pretty much every song is good. Not a single track seems less intense than any of the others. A good way to finish up a decade of ultra-funky, violent, get-up-and-raise-your-fist rock music. Hopefully Zack will rethink his solo act and get back together, so that the music scene will have more than just Tool or Deftones to look to when it comes to making music that is still considered rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rick Rubin does it again!
Yeah, it sucks that Zach left Rage. This CD answers three questions: 1. Has Rage matured as a band? 2. Has Rage's musical abilities improved? 3. Is Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers) one of the best album producers of all time? The answers are 1. No, 2. Yes. 3. Hell, yeah! OK, even though I'm not a hardcore Rage fan (my brother is, though), I've got to say this is one of the most interesting CDs I've heard all year. I particularly like the songs Renegades of Funk (Afrika Bombataa), Street Fightin' Man (Rolling Stones), The Ghost of Tom Joad (The Boss), Down On The Street, and Kick Out The Jams (MC5), and both the live (w/Sen Dog and B-Real!) and studio versions of How I Could Just Kill A Man. Down On The Street and Renegades of Funk were practically made for Rage, as they are hard rockin' tracks that will have you listening to them over and over. Rage fans, this is a must have. Non Rage fans, if you like any of the songs covered, you have to check this out. The only one I'm surprised they left out is their cover of NWA's F*** the Police (on the live and rare import). Oh, well. It's good album anyways.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best Rage, but a great effort
Rage Against the Machine is well known for their brutal lyrics and heavy riffs. And although this CD keeps up with both of those aspects, it is missing some depth. Sure, it's all covers, but that doesn't mean Zack can't put a little more into it. In "It's a Beautiful World" and "Kick Out the Jams" he takes a different approach with singing as opposed to rapping. And Tom Morello does the same thing he's done for the past 3 albums, but I believe that Tim Commerford is the highlight of this album. His basslines are very well put together and thought out, and the two live tracks (especially "How I could just Kill A Man") compliment his skill very well. Another positive aspect of this CD is the depth it proves that the band has, they cover music from all genres from Bob Dylan to Cypress Hill. And it slightly redeems itself from the no-solo identical song "Battle for Los Angeles". It doesn't beat Evil Empire and Rage's self titled debut, but there is no doubt that this album is a highlight in its genre. ... Read more

Asin: B000053EZW


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Guerrilla Radio
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 October, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars They've delivered once again!
This song is really fantastic and is one of their better songs already. This song REALLY gets me psyched for their new CD. I mean, when I first heard "The Ghost of Tom Joad" on the video, I knew they were still writing great material, and another great song like this proves they haven't lost any of their energy! Could "The Battle of Los Angeles" be the rightful heir to the self-titled Rage CD ?(Don't get me wrong, I love Evil Empire, but compared to the first one...) With two great songs recently written by them, one of which is on the new CD, my hopes are high!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good
well, lets start from the beginning... I'll keep this pretty short. RATM is my favorite band in the entire universe. Guerilla Radio is a great track that has the coolest solo I have ever heard Tom do. Without a Face is much better live, but wholly I don't like the song very much. The main riff isn't very interesting, and it's pushing the hip-hop limit. All-in-all, a pretty good CD. I recommend their s/t CD, then Evil Empire, then Battle of LA in order to get the full feeling of Rage Against the Machine

2-0 out of 5 stars Two tracks, not much for the price
Straight to the point, this single is only two tracks, the title track Guerilla Radio which may be found on the album Battle of Los Angeles. So if you love Rage Against the Machine, you probably already have the Battle of Los Angeles, which has several other hits on it. Then the second track is a live performance of Man Without A Face, a song that had been on the Evil Empire album. The song has a great live quality, good crowd reaction and a speech starting the song off, however sound quality is very unprofessional. It sounds as if it were recorded from the crowd near the stage. Guerilla Radio is a fair song from Rage, however it sounds very much like their song Vietnow, which also appears on Evil Empire. They are both songs with similar hooks, beats and choruses only Guerilla Radio has a faster and powerful beat to it. Two tracks for four dollars, then two more for shipping and handling, if you really want this CD to listen to some Rage, pick it up at your local music store for three bucks. ... Read more

Asin: B00002063O
Sales Rank: 27,587


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Testify
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 August, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars testify reveiw
This is a great single.
The first remix of testify is really good, with differant music.
The rownena project remix is good.
The two live track's are awsome.
I have all ther albums but this was still worth getting.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent single.
RATM knows how to make singles. The great first track from "The Battle Of Los Angeles", "Testify", is the highlight, with two great remixes complementing it. The first mix, the Testifly Mix, has a nice drum beat that is reminiscent of Brad Wilk's drumming in Evil Empire. The second mix, the Rowena Projects Mix, has a heavy techno influence that would violate RATM's commitment to "all sounds produced by guitars, vocals, drums", but nevertheless, I like it. The single also has awesome live versions of "Guerrilla Radio" and "Freedom". It's worth getting even if you already own "The Battle Of Los Angeles".

4-0 out of 5 stars Testify
Darn it! Is it me, or does Rage Against the Machine put out the best singles? I have Battle of LA, and I like Testify and Guerillia Radio. I can only imagine how much money Rage rakes in with these awsome singles. I wish they would just make longer, limited Ep's or something. This is awsome, but Rage should take example of Incubus and make a limited, worthy Ep. ... Read more

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Live & Rare
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 August, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Too bad it isn't better-known
I can imagine that the import price made a few people in the US think twice about buying this album-I know I thought twice. But Rage is the kind of band that makes you think, "well it's expensive, but from this band it is worth it." Their studio albums are more of an excuse to get their message out and raise money for charity, as well as a way to remember their live shows. Because that's where the group really shines, onstage. Bullet in the Head is a great song live, and the guitar on it is impeccable. Get any album with Tom Morello playing guitar, trust me.
Just so you know, the songs on this disc are compiled from various shows which are listed in the liner notes. Other than their usual live songs (all pre-Empire except one) there are other interesting features. Chuck D and the band collaborate on Zapata's Blood and Intro-(just hearing the first part of that sentence should make you want to buy it), and Rage jams to the lyrics of a poem by Allen Ginsberg.
But if you still aren't convinced, you can hear the last two tracks, which are not on any of their other releases. They are good, too, not just throwaways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for diehard fans, maybe good for anyone else
The live tracks are practically no different than the studio versions, "Darkness" was better on the Crow soundtrack, and with the exception of "Without a Face", nothing from Evil Empire is represented. But who cares about that? Their cover of NWA's classic "Fuck Tha Police" is almost worth the entrance price alone, and the bands' laid-back (for them) interpretation of beat-generation legend Allen Ginsburg's poem "Hadda Be Playin on the Jukebox" is worth much more than that. Other non-album tracks, including a cover of Public Enemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (though only a quasi-cover; PE's Chuck D. cameos on the vocals) and "Zapata's Blood" (both of these available on the "Vietnow" single) and the early "Clear the Lane" sweeten the pot.

RATM are perhaps the only band with an uncompromising political agenda to break into the mainstream since the 60s, and good for them. I don't know who would call their politics "naive," except maybe the same type of people who think Noam Chomsky should stick to linguistics, or the same type of people who honestly believe that the corporate-owned media propaganda machine are going to give the public any truth that would upset the status quo and/or their profit margins. To anyone with a modicum of a notion of what's really going on, RATM's politics are dead-on, and de la Rocha's lyrics razor-sharp and incisive.

As for the music, like I said, if you like Rage Against the Machine, you'll most likely like this. People who don't like rap (like my mom) won't be able to get past the vocals, and people who don't like hard rock won't be able to get past the guitar-heavy music. It would probably be best to get one of the domestically-available and much much cheaper studio albums first. Otherwise, what the heck, get it anyway, and give the band their much-deserved royalty money.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Rage Album Not To Be Missed
A great collection of live and rare songs from Rage Against The Machine, one of the best live acts in modern rock. I still remember Rage's charged performance at Woodstock '99 and how bad they made Metallica, the band going on stage after them, look. The two rare tracks are merely mediocre, although they may be of interest to hardcore fans. One especially noteworthy performance is Rage's cover of NWA's anti-police brutality anthem, F*** The Police. They turned a great old-school gangster rap song into an even better one. Chuck D. of Public Enemy, a large influence on Zack, also makes an appearance on the CD. This album is not to be missed, although it makes you want to kick yourself for not seeing Rage live when you had the chance. ... Read more

Asin: B000006ZMC
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Freedom: Tribute to Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 1.94 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 July, 2001)
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1-0 out of 5 stars i'd rate it lower if i could
i'm a die hard rage fan, and i take offense to the fact that they even tried to remake the songs. but i figured hey i'd give it a chance. i'm open minded, i'm sure it's not that bad. boy was i wrong. its worse than bad. this cd didnt just suck, it made me wish i had bought hanson's cd instead. thats how bad it was. oh and to the person that wrote you just have to be a die hard rage fan, bullcrap. theres no way any self respecting rage fan would ever, and i mean EVER, say this cd isnt that bad.

1-0 out of 5 stars most regrettable purchase one could make
I guess they had it coming as part of the "Renegades" backlash, huh? Before I get to trashing this waste of studio time, I'll point out the few good points on this cd...Tavu's version of People of The Sun is a riot. Hearing the way that foreign dude sings "Tobbac-OH, I'm the Marlboro man, Uhh" cracks me up every time. And Evasl's cover of Bulls On Parade is nice, despite the female vocalist and the fact that the guitarist can't even IMITATE Tom's imitation of a turntable.

Other than that, it's the die hard Rage fan's worst nightmare...Only THREE Battle of LA songs? How come no one wanted to cover Down Rodeo or No Shelter? But then, maybe it's for the better that these hacks shied away from such great songs as Tire Me and Maria, considering how badly they destroyed the band's mediocre songs. In fact, they should have only covered Rage's worst, but that would've made for a really short cd...

3-0 out of 5 stars its not too bad, you just have to be a die hard rage fan
yes many of the songs sound like drunken coffee shop songs, but the simpicity is what makes it good. sure many of teh songs are not hard at all, but when you listen to it, it makes you want to just pop in a real rage cd (hence tribute). the best song on the cd "year of the boomerang" by jenny barry is awesome. i think she should have just done the whole album. she takes a freaking hard rock song and makes it blues. it sounds as if zach was actually writing a blues song. and if youre looking for more of a rage sound listen to killing in the name of. much of the album creates uneasiness for regular rage listeners. ... Read more

Asin: B00005KIZ0
Sales Rank: 239,593


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No Spiritual Surrender
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Breakout CA HC
I remember getting this 7" & being blown away. Nice production, crisp sound, musically great with good lyrics. This is to me probably the stand out band of the early '90s CA hardcore scene.

I never followed Zach over to RatM, mainly because they seemed to lack the passion in this recording. Its full of rage and anger, those needed ingredients for any real HC album.

Essential & historic. Pick it up just for those reasons.

5-0 out of 5 stars still great after all these years...
personally, i was already into this record when the first RATM album came out. i ended up getting really into RATM but this record stands on it's own TO THIS DAY! alot of people feel the need to constantly compare this with/against RATM but they are two separate bands from different eras of time (not that one is "better" or worse" than the other. you can't tell someone what to like cause music is a personal thing and a matter of opinion- not fact.
musically- this is super heavy and powerful hardcore- the most beautiful quality is that it does this wothout coming across "tough" which turns so many people away from "hardcore" music. this is sincere and real and HUMAN. not some thug- wanna be's. someone said it was unoriginal, but of course thats not the point. hardcore is hardcore- but few do it this well! take a chance!!
the line-up includes Vic (Vraja Kishor) from Beyond and 108, and of course Zach who went on to stardom in Rage Against the Machine. this is like the Beatles' "WHITE ALBUM" for the '90's Hardcore scene. good memories!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a kick in the mouth.
I cannot begin to express how these great bands knowing each other continues to impress me. Imagine looking through RevHQ (Revelation records: TX is the Reason; Quicksand; Youth of Today; Sick of it All; The Movielife), and seeing freaking Zach from RATM IN A HARDCORE BAND! I knew somehow that all this fits together, and trust me, even though Tom Morello isn't hear this record shreds. I LOVE IT! Rage is great; but if this band went on you'd have a heavy Tool with Zach's voice. ... Read more

Asin: B000000TAW
Sales Rank: 41,605


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Audioslave
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 November, 2002)
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Editorial Review

The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Hey, for a 50 year old guy, I think this still ROCKS!
I came of age in the late '60s and early '70s (Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, Lynyrd Skynyrd), but I've also followed the change in music over the years instead of being stuck in the past. I loved Soundgarden and Rage was OK by me. I have to admit I bought this CD because of Chris Cornell, not because of the Rage connection. I was a bit wary about how Grunge (I hate putting labels on music) God Cornell would merge with the rest of Rage. I shouldn't have been concerned. Although there are a few spots where Audioslave doesn't seem to know which direction it should go, overall this is an excellent album. I'd honestly give it four-and-a-half stars. I may be half a century old (yep, folks, people do indeed live this long and still love rock!), but my ears tell me this is some good music! It's good to hear Cornell again. This is no Black Hole Sun, but Audioslave's debut shows a band that is off to a good start. If the cover looks a bit familiar, it's by the guy who used to do Pink Floyd album covers, so that's a bit of interesting trivia. I had this CD cranked up the other day and my 12-year-old son came in my music room and listened to this. (His favorite group is Sum 41...) "You like this?" he asked. "You betcha," I responded. "Dad, you are one weird guy." So, from one weird guy, trust me: Audioslave's debut is worth owning. It'll be interesting to see what comes next...

5-0 out of 5 stars Reincarnation of Rock:The Release of Audioslave
"Go and save yourself! Take it out on me!" screams Chris Cornell surging through Brad Wilk's war of drums, Tom Morello's menacing guitar hooks and Tim Commerford's penetrating bass lines. The ex-Soundgarden and ex-Rage Against the Machine members have risen from the ashes of their former bands to create a supergroup - Audioslave. In a time when everything in rock are cliches, the world needs a band that can step up against the conventional. In the nineties, Soundgarden and Rage both took the honors of inventing a new genre of their time. Soundgarden's hard rock displayed the metal side of Seattle grunge. Rage introduced the blend of rap, metal, and politics. Despite their successes, the two bands had musical limitations. Soundgarden did not have innovated musicians who could extend their talents beyond their genre, and Rage did not have a singer who could carry a melody. With the construction of Audioslave, the new members have been able to explore uncharted territories of epic proportions. Instrumental jams channeling from the soul and lyrics stemming from the heart have created 14 breath-taking tracks of pure genius. Tom Morello is the guitar god.

1. Cochise - Cochise was the name of the last Native American chief who went on a warpath through the Southwest avenging his murdered family. This blind fury of madness describes the sound of this opening track. It begins with Tom Morello whacking the strings of his guitar to get a helicopter sound.

2. Show Me How to Live - Classic Rage meets Soundgarden.

3. Gasoline - The chermistry between Cornell and the ex-Rage members is unbelievable on this track.

4. What You Are - Filtered wah sound that alternates with a pitch bend creating a devastating harmonious guitar solo.

5. Like A Stone - Phenomenal Morello handiwork with a pitchglide-with-echo sound.

6. Set It Off - Very cool guitar intro that drops and detonates an explosive barrage of electric guitars, bass, and drums.

7. Shadow on the Sun - Awesome guitar solo with a "hummingbird wing" effect that is like a gated sound.

8. I Am The Highway - Cornell speaks from his heart to create a masterpiece accompanied by a soft, laid-back southern rockish feel.

9. Exploder - BOOOMMMMMM!!!!!!

10. Hypnotize - Morello looked to DJ's as inspiration for this album which clearly explains this Chemical Brothers influenced dancebeat.

11. Bring Em Back Alive - Another amazing guitar solo from the Harvard graduate.

12. Light My Way - Funkish groove that develops into an arena epic-rocking anthem

13. Getaway Car - Very traditional blues. Something never heard before from Soundgarden or Rage.

14. The Last Remaining Light - Jazzy Wes Montgomery style who definitely was an influence for this song.

3-0 out of 5 stars I WANT RAGE BACK!!!!!
Audioslave is a grand band....but i am a HUGE Rage fan and i nearly killed myself when i found out that they broke up, for now. This Cd is a very good one, but now what i expected totally. In my opinion it is an OK CD. Great guitar work.... ... Read more

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Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Mexico City
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
DVD (29 October, 2002)
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Reviews (40)

2-0 out of 5 stars The video has a better picture by far
This DVD has one shambolic flaw. To give a widescreen feel, 2 inches from the top and bottom have been slashed. What the ... for? I don't know, but it is a fatal mistake. I mean, Zack's head is always in half (can't see his forehead), you can't seen Morello's head AND guitar at the same time (same for Commerford), and Wilk seems to by hitting cymbals too high for this cut-off picture to see. I've seen the video, and it does not have this insane flaw. Get the video, you'll see more which makes for much better viewing. And don't worry about losing extra features; do you want quality viweing of the actual concert? Or do you want to have 4 inches in hieght (accomponied by 40 inches in length) taken away, just to see a few pathetic extra features? Trust me, do not make my mistake.

The footage of the concert itself is fantastic. But then again, the video has that right? And with full viewing? Wow, this DVD is obselte! Progress? ... me, people just don't know when things are perfect. "I know, let's completely ruin the picture by halfing it's size! You can't see ... all then! Isn't that great?"

3-0 out of 5 stars Great performance, bad DVD...
Come on, why can't somebody figure out how to make a good DVD by now. The sound is lacking and hollow and the visuals are pretty banal. I recommend it, but only to Rage fans. It probably won't be a big hit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome concert-with-documentary
[April 29, 2003]
First it starts with the opening of the show, "Testify" and "Guerrilla Radio". You may have read in other reviews that songs are censored, and that is mostly false (read below). A "song" is censored, namely "Guerrilla Radio". I was disappointed, but it's not really a big deal that all that's audible is "Turn that .... .." when every other song is completely uncensored. I have no idea why, but it might have been a condition set by the label for them to even have the show, and is made up by everything else. For other songs, it can be hard to make out some words because this was a LIVE SHOW.

Then the first documentary (of 4) starts, and they are well done, sometimes giving essential background information for understanding the songs. I had no idea who Emiliano Zapata was or what the Zapatista movement is about before watching this DVD.

The rest of the songs and documentaries continue without disappointment. The slow motion thing going on after a few seconds of close-up on band members is annoying, but not worth mentioning except that other people have.

There are some "bonus features" to look forward to after watching the whole thing:

Zack interviews Noam Chomsky.
A Mexican guy named Marcos talks about globalization and the importance of independant news media.
Both of those are good.

Tom Morello goes on a tour of Mexico, which isn't all that great.
Tom Morello dominates the footage of the band getting ready for the show, with a few appearances by other members of the band.
Files you can access with a computer about everything they talked about in the documentaries. They actually care about this stuff, which is great.

[Added on May 2, 2003]
I was playing it on my computer, and realized that there's another audio track! In that one Guerilla Radio is uncensored. The whole show actually sounds better in that one too. ... Read more

Asin: B000055XTG
Sales Rank: 5,535
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Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Mexico City
Director: Joe DeMaio
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (20 February, 2001)
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Reviews (40)

2-0 out of 5 stars The video has a better picture by far
This DVD has one shambolic flaw. To give a widescreen feel, 2 inches from the top and bottom have been slashed. What the ... for? I don't know, but it is a fatal mistake. I mean, Zack's head is always in half (can't see his forehead), you can't seen Morello's head AND guitar at the same time (same for Commerford), and Wilk seems to by hitting cymbals too high for this cut-off picture to see. I've seen the video, and it does not have this insane flaw. Get the video, you'll see more which makes for much better viewing. And don't worry about losing extra features; do you want quality viweing of the actual concert? Or do you want to have 4 inches in hieght (accomponied by 40 inches in length) taken away, just to see a few pathetic extra features? Trust me, do not make my mistake.

The footage of the concert itself is fantastic. But then again, the video has that right? And with full viewing? Wow, this DVD is obselte! Progress? ... me, people just don't know when things are perfect. "I know, let's completely ruin the picture by halfing it's size! You can't see ... all then! Isn't that great?"

3-0 out of 5 stars Great performance, bad DVD...
Come on, why can't somebody figure out how to make a good DVD by now. The sound is lacking and hollow and the visuals are pretty banal. I recommend it, but only to Rage fans. It probably won't be a big hit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome concert-with-documentary
[April 29, 2003]
First it starts with the opening of the show, "Testify" and "Guerrilla Radio". You may have read in other reviews that songs are censored, and that is mostly false (read below). A "song" is censored, namely "Guerrilla Radio". I was disappointed, but it's not really a big deal that all that's audible is "Turn that .... .." when every other song is completely uncensored. I have no idea why, but it might have been a condition set by the label for them to even have the show, and is made up by everything else. For other songs, it can be hard to make out some words because this was a LIVE SHOW.

Then the first documentary (of 4) starts, and they are well done, sometimes giving essential background information for understanding the songs. I had no idea who Emiliano Zapata was or what the Zapatista movement is about before watching this DVD.

The rest of the songs and documentaries continue without disappointment. The slow motion thing going on after a few seconds of close-up on band members is annoying, but not worth mentioning except that other people have.

There are some "bonus features" to look forward to after watching the whole thing:

Zack interviews Noam Chomsky.
A Mexican guy named Marcos talks about globalization and the importance of independant news media.
Both of those are good.

Tom Morello goes on a tour of Mexico, which isn't all that great.
Tom Morello dominates the footage of the band getting ready for the show, with a few appearances by other members of the band.
Files you can access with a computer about everything they talked about in the documentaries. They actually care about this stuff, which is great.

[Added on May 2, 2003]
I was playing it on my computer, and realized that there's another audio track! In that one Guerilla Radio is uncensored. The whole show actually sounds better in that one too. ... Read more

Asin: B000055XTH
Sales Rank: 25,599
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