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Rage Against The Machine in general
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Rage Against The Machine in general
Date: 17/07/00, updated on 19/01/01 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing first album, strong third, good second
Disadvantages: slightly dodgy tracks on second album, otherwise nothing significant
Update: At the end of this review you may note a paragraph about rifts in the band and so on. Well recently Zach De La Rocha, the rapper/lyricist, left the band and is, as yet, unreplaced. There are rumours of the Cypress hill rapper filling the void but the future is still uncertain. I for one sincerely hope they can get it together and continue. Oh yeah, and soon what's left of Rage are releasing a live/covers compilation - I'll review it here once I've given it a good listen.
A few people have said that they're going to buy Rage's first album on the back of this review. This has brought up horrid images of people spenging a wad of their hard-earned cash, bringing home a nice shiny new CD, putting it on the stereo, and then turning it straight back off again because they find it repulsive. I should warn that this is not an easy listen at all, and it takes a long time to really get into unless you are an angst-ridden teenager. Obviously I think it is well worth the effort, but my claims that these are the best band in the world are meant just in relation to (broadly) this type of music (ie. the kind covered by Melody Maker, etc. - can't think of an accurate term), so don't buy it if you don't like heavy guitars and rapping. Sorry, I know this is probably totally unnecessary, but better safe than sorry!
'Even The Guardian called them the best band in the world - who am I to argue?'
I moved this review to the top because I think more people should listen to this band.
The Guardian review refers to a gig at Wembley Arena which I went to earlier in this year. Having seen this phenomenal performance the reviewer declared Rage the best band in the world. The review can easily be found by searching The Guardian's website.
I agree that there is no better band around at the moment. The first album is absolutely astonishing. They lost their way a little with
the rushed second album, but redeemed themselves with the third.
The first album is one of the best albums I have ever heard and I can't recommend it strongly enough to anyone who doesn't absolutely hate metal/funk/rock/rap. In fact, I know a couple of people who hate this kind of sound who still concede that this is a special album. BUY IT! LISTEN TO IT! The riffs, arrangement, drumming, passion, inventive guitar playing and some flabberghastingly good songs make this album an absolute must.
With Rage the political message is strong and unavoidable. The rage against capitalist society shouldn't be confused with the pathetic teenage-angst type ranting of recent poor imitations such as Limp Bizkit. Unfortunately Rage often get put in the same bracket, leading to many people ignoring them on the presumption that it's all teenage market-driven tosh. This is partly their own fault. When the first album came out, they must have known that 'Killing in the Name' would have been popular with rebelling teenagers, with it's refrain of "fuck you, I won't do what you tell me". But there really is much more to this band than random rebellion against anything because your middle class life is too comfortable, a la Limp Bizkit, Korn etc.
Some of the lyrics are fantastic, there is real passion in the rapping (occasionally screaming) and the whole band work together to create immensely powerful emotions.
Anyone interested in this band should DEFINITELY get the first album. The third is also strong, with Tom Morello showing why many believe he is the most inventive guitarist on the planet. You really will find it hard to believe some of these sounds came from a guitar! Real fans will also enjoy the second album, 'Evil Empire'. It has some great tracks, particularly 'People of the Sun' and 'Down Rodeo', but even these songs cannot compare with the brilliant 'Bullet in the Head&
#39;, 'Killing In the Name', 'Take the Power Back', I could go on but you should listen for yourself!
I read an interview recently where Brad Wilk, the drummer, said that on the new album he was trying to create a definitive sound so that people could tell it was him drumming. This seemed odd to me, and rumours of rifts between band members are common. I have a feeling this could be the last album, at least with the current line-up, if not ever. :(
But then I could be completely wrong :)
Either way enjoy it! It's great stuff!!! If you ever get the chance to see them live do it! They're playing Reading and Leeds festivals this year.