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Rage Against the Machine

  • Rage Against the Machine [Epic, 1992] *
  • Evil Empire [Epic, 1996] A-
  • The Battle of Los Angeles [Epic, 1999] *
  • Renegades [Epic, 2000] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Rage Against the Machine [Epic, 1992]
metal for rap-lovers--and opera-haters ("Wake Up," "Know Your Enemy") *

Evil Empire [Epic, 1996]
Three years late, it's the militant rap-metal everybody knew was the next big thing. Zack de la Rocha will never be Linton Kwesi Johnson. But collegiate leftism beats collegiate lots of other things, not to mention high school misogyny, and it takes natural aesthetes like these to pound home such a sledgehammer analysis. A-

The Battle of Los Angeles [Epic, 1999]
If only it promised as much for the future of rock leftism as for the future of rock guitar ("Calm Like a Bomb," "War Within a Breath"). *

Renegades [Epic, 2000] Neither