Rage Against the Machine (CD)


Title: Rage Against the Machine (CD)

Artist: Rage Against the Machine

Record Label: Epic

Release Date: 1992


1. Bombtrack
2. Killing in the Name
3. “Take the Power Back”
4. “Settle for Nothing”
5. Bullet in the Head
6. Know Your Enemy
7. Wake Up
8. “Fistful of Steel”
9. “Township Rebellion”
10. Freedom


Critical Evaluation:

Rage Against the Machine is a unique fusion band that captures the essence of disenfranchised youth. Their political statements are radical and they bring into question the morality of corporate America. The artists are clearly talented, and the guitar techniques used throughout the CD are distinctive and unique. There has yet to be another band that can truly match their style of combining rap and metal.

Listener Annotation: Loud music. Powerful message.

About the Artist:

Rage Against the Machine earned acclaim from disenfranchised fans (and not insignificant derision from critics) for their bombastic, fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of punk, hip-hop, and thrash. Rage formed in Los Angeles in the early ’90s out of the wreckage of a number of local groups: vocalist Zack de la Rocha (the son of Chicano political artist Beto) emerged from the bands Headstance, Farside, and Inside Out; guitarist Tom Morello (the nephew of Jomo Kenyatta, the first Kenyan president) originated in Lock Up; and drummer Brad Wilk played with future Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Rounded out by bassist Tim Bob (aka Tim C., born Tim Commerford), a childhood friend of de la Rocha‘s, Rage debuted in 1992 with a self-released, self-titled 12-song cassette featuring the song “Bullet in the Head,” which became a hit when reissued as a single later in the year.”

Genre: rap metal, funk metal, alternative metal

Curriculum Ties: music, art, political science

Interest Age: Ages 14+

Challenge Issues: objectionable language, violent lyrics

Defense File:

Violence in the Media: A Joint Statement: 2000-2001 CD #19.3

Justification of Selection: Metal and rap appeal to teen boys.


Ankeny, J. (2015). Artist biography. Allmusic. Retrieved from http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rage-against-the-machine-mn0000863790/biography

Rage Against the Machine (CD)

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