Rage-Against-The-Machine-Evil-EmpireThere is some really exciting news in the air and to be honest, it should really say exciting speculation. We have already seen Axl Rose reunite Guns N Roses with Slash and Duff McKagan followed by a reunion of the Misfits for Riot Fest. Now there is speculation that one of the greatest Rap Metal groups of all time in Rage Against The Machine could be the next to reunite. The group has set up a countdown clock on a website title Prophets Of Rage which you can see here. So for this week’s album of the week, we are going to be covering an album from the band and we picked the group’s sophomore effort Evil Empire. The album once again featured Zack de la Rocha (Vocals), Tom Morello (Guitars), Brad Wilk (Drums), and Tim Commerford (Bass). The album was a huge success for the band when it was released on April 16, 1996 as it would debut at number one the Billboard Top 200 charts. It would spawn a Grammy win for one track as well as two more nominations for other tracks on the album. The album has been certified triple platinum as well as going platinum in Canada and Gold in the UK. In an interview, Zack described the origin of the title of the album saying, “The title “Evil Empire” is taken from what Rage Against The Machine see as Ronald Reagan’s slander of the Soviet Union in the eighties, which the band feels could just as easily apply to the United States. Rage is currently finishing up a European tour but they’ll be back on our evil U.S. soil for a tour in late July.


1. People Of The Sun– The second single released off of the album that starts with the cool guitar riff followed with the amazing bass playing of Commerford in a track that is about the Zapatista Revolution. 5/5

2. Bulls On Parade– One of the most amazing Rage Against The Machine songs with that bombastic in your face riff and the bass playing from Commerford is amazing in a track about the corrupt government. The song also featured that world famous solo that sounds like a DJ is scratching.  5/5

3. Vietnow– The third and final single off the album whose riff sounds very similar to The Wanton Song by Led Zeppelin. The track attacks right wing AM radio shows hosted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Oliver North, etc. 5/5

4. Revolver– Some unique sounds open the track into another funk filled riff whose lyrics speak of spousal abuse. 4/5

5. Snakecharmer– An interesting track that is never outdated considering the subject matter and what is currently happening with elections in 2016. The track is about politicians who will lie in order to charm you for your vote. 4.5/5

6. Tire Me– This is the only track on the album that won a grammy for Best Metal Performance even though it was never released as a single. Zack has claimed that the song was written to celebrate the death of Richard Nixon. 4/5

Rage_Against_The_Machine-Evil_Empire-CD7. Down Rodeo– One of my favorite tracks on the record whose lyrics deal with social and finiacial inequalities in America and the social class warfare. The song has lyrics that say, “So now I’m rollin’ down Rodeo with a shotgun, These people ain’t seen a brown skin man, Since their grandparents bought one.” Rodeo as in Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills where all the rich people live and how it’s all white. 5/5

8. Without a Face– A song with a dope bass line from Commerford that is almost G Funk like in a track that deals with immigration and other social issues an immigrant deals with in the US. 4/5

9. Wind Below– a track with a cool bass line that refrences the NAFTA agreement as well as the Zapatistas and a story written by Subcommandante Marcos, entitled A Storm and A Prophecy  in which it references the section titled The Second Wind: A Wind from Below. 4/5

10. Roll Right– An interesting track from the band that sounds different from the rest of the album, but I like it. It’s a track that looks at various social issues and corrupt governments. 4/5

11. Year Of The Boomerang– The last song on the album that looks at the representation of minorities as far as racism, sexism, and colonialism. The title of the track references a speech that Algerian Revolutionary Franz Fanton had made. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– When it comes to politically charged music, Rage was definitely the best of the best as these guys were radical. While the first record was phenomenal, this album put them on the map. This album made me take notice of who they were as it was the first Rage record I ever owned. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars our of five for a final grade.


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