Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine



Rage Against the Machine (also known as RATM or just Rage) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. They draw inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as hip hop acts such as Afrika Bambaataa,[1] Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Dutch crossover band Urban Dance Squad.[2] Rage Against the Machine is well known for the members' leftist and revolutionary political views, which are expressed in many of the band's songs. As of 2010, they had sold over 16 million records worldwide.[3]

In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial and critical success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza festival. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band's third album, The Battle of Los Angeles, followed in 1999, and in 2003, the album was ranked number 426 on the same list. During their initial nine-year run, they became one of the most popular and influential bands in music history, according to music journalist Colin Devenish.[4] They were also ranked No. 33 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band had a large influence on the nu metal genre which came to prominence during the second half of the 1990s.

In 2000, the band released the cover album, Renegades. The same year, growing tensions over the direction of the band prompted de la Rocha to quit, leading to the band's breakup.[5] De la Rocha started a low-key solo career, while the rest of the band formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then-former frontman of Soundgarden; Audioslave recorded three albums before disbanding in 2007. The same year, Rage Against the Machine announced a reunion and performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2007. Up until 2011, the band continued to perform at more live venues and festivals around the world. As of 2012, the group has no plans to perform or release new music.[6] In 2016 Morello, Commerford and Wilk formed a new band, Prophets of Rage, with Chuck D and B-Real.[7]



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The Battle of Los Angeles is the third studio album by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine.
Rage Against the Machine
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Chuck D, B-Real & Rage Against The Machine Form Supergroup
Baller Status  –  May 19, 2016
New supergroup alert! Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, Cypress Hill's B-Real and rock group Rage Against the Machine are all coming together to form a supergroup called Prophets of Rage. This week, a cryptic website popped up at ProphetsofRage.com ...
Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy And Cypress Hill Members Are Forming A Supergroup
LAist  –  May 19, 2016
On Tuesday night, Rage Against the Machine launched the website Prophetsofrage.com with a timer ticking down to June 1, leading to speculation the politically-charged rap-rock group would be making a comeback. Sources now tell Billboard that the band ...
Rage Against The Machine Launches Mysterious Website: Reunion Coming?
Fuse  –  May 16, 2016
Is Rage Against The Machine reuniting and/or once again raging against the machine (possibly in time for the machine’s general election)? The beloved rock group, which last played together in 2011, has launched a new website that hints at… well ...
That Prophets of Rage Website Probably Isn't Leading Up to A Rage Against the Machine Reunion
Phoenix New Times  –  May 20, 2016
Countless Rage Against the Machine fans – including Roots front man Questlove, no less — considered it to be a harbinger of the politically charged rap metal band’s impending return. (The fervor was so great, in fact, that it crashed the site.)
Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Members Form Supergroup Prophets of Rage
musictimes.com  –  May 19, 2016
Band members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave are reportedly joining forces with rappers Chuck D of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill's B-Real to launch a new rap metal supergroup called Prophets of Rage. On Tuesday, news outlets were ripe with ...
Supergroup alert: Rage Against the Machine + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill
Mashable  –  May 19, 2016
According to Billboard, members of Rage Against the Machine — the rap metal band that has been mostly dormant for years — will unite with members of hip-hop groups Public Enemy and Cypress Hill for a supergroup. Kind of like NKOTBSB, but nothing like ...
20 Years Ago: Rage Against the Machine Reemerge More Ferocious Than Ever With ‘Evil Empire’
diffuser.fm  –  April 15, 2016
It turns out that like a fine wine or a tasty stew, fomenting musical rebellion – the kind synonymous with rap-metal forefathers Rage Against the Machine – takes time. A lesser band might have quickly followed-up the massive success of their self ...

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