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Rage Against the Machine
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Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine (also Rage or RATM) was a rock band, formed in 1990. The band's founding members were vocalist Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello. De la Rocha borrowed the name from Kent McClard of Ebullition Records while in a hardcore band named Inside Out, the band having recorded a song by that name. The full line-up of Rage was:

One of the most important rock bands of the 1990s, Rage is often credited with inventing the nu metal genre. They were known for their radical left-wing politics, which infused their music as well as being expressed through written pieces on album sleeves, in magazines, and on the band's website, and by their participation in political protests. Among other campaigns, the band have campaigned for the releases of death-row inmates Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. They have been vocal supporters of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

The band's musical signatures were de la Rocha's distinctive, rap-influenced vocal style (influenced mostly from Chuck D. of Public Enemy) and Morello's experimentation with guitar sounds, and fans particularly admired their powerful live performances. They toured with many other significant bands, including U2 and the Wu-Tang Clan.

The band released three studio albums of original material, Rage Against the Machine (1992), Evil Empire (1996) and The Battle of Los Angeles (1999). There was also a covers album, Renegades (2000), an album of live and rare material fittingly titled Live & Rare; (1997), several singles, and three videos, Rage Against the Machine (1997), The Battle of Mexico City (2001), and Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (2003).

Zack de la Rocha left the band between the release of The Battle of Los Angeles and the release of Renegades, though the latter features his vocals. The band officially split up not long afterwards. Zack de la Rocha is believed to be working on new material in the hip-hop arena; the remaining members of the band recruited ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell as vocalist and are working as a new group under the name Audioslave. The first Audioslave single, Cochise, was released by early November 2002, and the first album followed. According to a Spin magazine interview with de la Rocha, he has recorded several tracks with various artists, among them DJ Shadow. There is currently no information on when de la Rocha's solo album will be released, but in 2003 a song called "March of Death" that he recorded with DJ Shadow was released in protest of the war on Iraq.

The Clear Channel list included a blanket recommendation against Rage Against the Machine songs.


Rage Against the Machine, (1992)
''Evil Empire, (1996)
''Live & Rare;, (1998)
The Battle of Los Angeles, (1999)
Renegades, (2000)
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, (2003)

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