Rage Against The Machine

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 in Inspirators
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RATM - Rage Fist

Rage Against the Machine is a Grammy Award-winning rap metal band, formed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band’s line-up consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. Critics have noted Rage Against the Machine for its “fiercely polemic music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of Punk Rock, Hip-Hop and Thrash Metal. Rage Against the Machine drew inspiration from early Heavy Metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Urban Dance Squad. As of 2010, they have sold over 16 million records worldwide.

In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza. The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band’s third album The Battle of Los Angeles was released in 1999. During their initial nine-year run, they became one of the most popular and influential political bands in contemporary music. They were also ranked #33 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Shortly after breaking up in 2000, the band released the cover album Renegades. De la Rocha started a low-key solo career in One Day as a Lion; the rest of the band formed the rock super-group Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then former front-man of Soundgarden, which disbanded in 2007, and in April of that year, Rage Against the Machine performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band has continued to perform at many live venues and festivals around the world since 2007. The band has not recorded any new studio material, as of yet, but has written one new song, which was only played once live at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN during the ’07-’10 reunion tour, about hurricane Katrina accordingly titled “Katrina Song”.

source: Wikipedia

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