Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
1 CD(s) - Rap Metal - Label: Epic - Distributor: Sony Music/Arvato Services - Released: 20/05/2002 - 5099747222429
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The best band of the 1990s was -without any debate in my view- Rage Against The Machine. And the best album was probably their very first back in 1992 titled simply 'Rage Against The Machine' -it's genius.From the outset this is an utterly divine and classic album. Here we see a new act, one fresh and pumped with energy. Perhaps one of the most attractive features of the music for me though is that it actually has a social conscience and more than that, it's almost as if they are setting out to change the world. Of course nobody ever changes the world, only money rules the world.. but it's a exciting trip to go on. And it's good to dream.
The album is beefy. The bass is always prominent and heavy and the guitar fills every little nook and cranny it can find. And the flow of this album is also really very good. Sometimes a first album can end up merely a collection of good songs from before the band made it, but here we have an album that flows so well that you'll just want to play it over and over again. Musically Rage are on blistering form, and Rage on form you just can not beat. They were one mean band and you certainly hear that on this record.The Music
Bombtrack - the only way one can describe the Bombtrack is by repeatedly saying the word "fat." For fat it is, it's a perfect album opener and a great song.
Killing In The Name Of - quite possibly one of the best songs of modern music. It has everything musically and lyrically. It's a very popular club track and is great to dance to. And of course sing to, especially the last minute with the repeating screamed lyric "fu*k you, I won't do what you tell me."
Settle For Nothing - after a gentle and atmospheric start with spoken words the song pumps up and turns into something that actually has a bit of a Black Sabbath feeling to it. That's of course quite a good thing to have. It's a powerful capture of anger, with some rather lovely guitar work in there which perhaps takes a little of the brute nature away from the song. But it's fantastic all the same.
Know Your Enemy - yet another classic that gets played a lot. Funk-a-delic one may suggest. Rock-tastic one also may suggest. Whatever silly words you make up to describe it, it is really merely just brilliant and fantastic and... lots of great things.
Fistful Of Steel - the music actually moves like it is a fistful of steel, casually punching you in the face. It grooves back and forth and of course has the now inevitable yet always refreshing Rage trademark sudden bursts of energy. The guitar scratching effects towards the end are titillating.
Freedom - sadly the final track of the album is upon us. It trundles along for awhile and then -of course- the Rage have a burst of energy and go soaring off. It's a very well crafted piece of music with some rather splendid lead guitar too. The outro of screaming "freedom" and soaring music says everything about the album and Rage, it's just outstanding and stirring.
Score: 46/50 - 92% - 5 stars.
Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine is literally one of the best albums ever made. That's no exaggeration I mean it. It is of course a fantastic album to dance, jump or naturally mosh along to, just don't mosh on me thank you very much. I honestly can't think of anyone I'd rather dance to from the past couple of decades than Rage, and that says a lot about their music. It's moving in a very physical way, it drives you. It is the fuel of revolution. So forget your apathy and buy this album.
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Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Rap Metal - Label: Epic - Distributor: Sony Music/Arvato Services - Released: 20/05/2002 - 5099747222429
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