Posts Tagged ‘Rage Against The Machine’

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnaked-end-of-sufferingSome of you may be wondering just who is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes? Frank is the former lead singer of English hardcore bands like Gallows and rock band Pure Love. In 2015, Frank Carter formed this band in 2015 and released the EP Rotten in the same year. Now two full albums later and they are gearing up to release their third record End Of Suffering via International Death Cult on May 3RD. So for this week’s Rock video of the week, we are presenting to you the band’s first single for Crowbar which the band also produced a video for that was directed by Ross Cairns who has directed videos for Queens Of The Stone Age and Biff Cylro. While the track contains some unbelievable energy to it, the video follows suit in this mainly performance based video that takes place inside of a house of some sorts with people in jumpsuits gathering around the various members who are all in different rooms. As I said, the album comes out May 3RD, but you can definitely pre-order the album that also features an appearance from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Check out the pre-order here and check out the tracklisting below the video:

End Of Suffering Tracklisting:

1. “Why a Butterfly Can’t Love a Spider”
2. “Tyrant Lizard King” (featuring Tom Morello)
3. “Heartbreaker”
4. “Crowbar”
5. “Love Games”
6. “Anxiety”
7. “Angel Wings”
8. “Supervillain”
9. “Latex Dreams”
10. “Kitty Sucker”
11. “Little Devil”
12. “End Of Suffering”

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crow soundtrackI honestly believe that if you were to ask me what were some of the greatest movie soundtracks of the 1990’s, one of them would definitely be the original soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow. The Crow was a film that starred the late Brandon Lee that was based off of a comic book created by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the grave thanks to a crow to have vengeance against those who killed him and his fiance. The soundtrack featured some of the best 90’s alternative acts like The Cure, The Jesus and The Mary Chain along with some really awesome up and comers in the Industrial rock scene like Machines Of Loving Grace, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and the Nine Inch Nails. The soundtrack also featured some bands that were either already on the rise like Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, or about to make a huge splash like Rage Against The Machine . It was definitely the album that made a splash on us because it made the film come to life and helped bring out the raw emotions of the characters. It did well on the charts as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it has been certified platinum three times.

crowost1. Burn by The Cure- This is my favorite song on the whole album that made me fall in love with Simon Gallup and his bass playing abilities as he drives the song forward while Robert Smith does his best invoking the spirit of the Crow in his lyrics. 5/5

2. Golgotha Tenement Blues by Machines Of Loving Grace- Machines bring the industrial rock sexiness with this blues tinged goth classic. Golgotha is the place that Jesus was crucified so the track could be their way of saying that this is where Eric Draven was “crucified” if you want to use those terms. It’s an awesome track. 5/5

3. Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots- This is a classic STP track, but it’s not the original track intended for the soundtrack. Apparently, they had written one song called Only Dying, but management thought it wasn’t a good idea to release since the death of Brandon Lee had happened. This was definitely a great substitute as this is an STP classic. 5/5

4. Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor went all out with this cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls which is amazing. This is a very haunting track lyrically and Trent does a great job adding his flair to it while trying to remain true. 5/5

5. Darkness by Rage Against The Machine- A very young Rage brings this track to you with all the in your face, boombastic sound that we are used to while Zach De La Rocha spits that gospel. Zach is talking mostly about how AIDS was an epidemic in Africa and America was barely doing anything about it. 5/5

6. Color Me Once by Violent Femmes- Life can be cruel and tough and that is the message that legendary folk rock act Violent Femmes brings to you on the soundtrack. The track features a very cool bluesy guitar solo that is a true highlight. 4.5/5

7. Ghostrider by The Rollins Band- Henry Rollins reverting back to his punk roots as he covers Suicide’s Ghostrider for the soundtrack. This was always a surprise track for me because the music is just infectious with those big bass riffs. 5/5

BSO_El_Cuervo_(The_Crow)--CD8. Milktoast by Helmet- this is an alternate version of the band’s track Milquetoast where this one was mixed by Butch Vig as it features a distorted outro and some feedback loops that weren’t there before. This track also features some bad ass bass playing by Henry Bogdan. 5/5

9. The Badge by Pantera- Any soundtrack that features the late and great Dimebag Darrell is a winner in my book. This is Pantera’s cover of Poison Idea’s The Badge. It’s heavy and fast and it showcases some of Phil’s other influences. 5/5

10. Slip Slide Melting by For Love Not Lisa- I had never heard of this group, but the song has quite the kick to it cause the track drives. 4.5/5

11. After The Flash by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- an industrial banger that is bound to get the inner goth out of you with it’s Ministry/Electric Hellfire Club like industrial dance beats. This track kicks ass and you can’t help but groove to it. 5/5

12. Snakedriver by The Jesus and The Mary Chain- an alternative rock track that is a little different than the rest of the songs on here and it’s a good change as the singer talks about how life can be just as we thought it would be. 4.5/5

13. Time Baby III by Medicine- I think this is a very underappreciated song on the soundtrack because her voice is hypnotic. The band makes a cameo in the film playing the club. 5/5

14. It Can’t Rain All The Time by Jane Siberry- This is the actual version of the track that Eric Draven’s band’s song that appears on the soundtrack. The track is about no matter how tough or bad things get, it can’t be that bad all the time. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of it’s time and it will live on in the hearts of all those that loved the film and soundtrack. My favorite tracks on the record are Burn by The Cure and Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails. My least favorite track is probably Color Me Once by Violent Femmes. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

audioslave-51b7801809abeLast week on May 17, the world lost yet another legend as Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 in Detroit, MI. Chris Cornell left behind a legacy that is full of amazing music ranging from his time in Soundgarden to his solo career and his time in Audioslave. Chris had one of the most amazing voices in all of rock and metal music that will never be matched no matter how hard the music industry tries. For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to pay tribute to Chris by covering one of his albums and after already covering a Soundgarden I decided to cover the debut album from one of the best supergroups ever in Audioslave. The band featured Chris on vocals with the members of Rage Against The Machine in Brad Wilk (Drums), Tom Morello (Guitars), and Tim Commerford (Bass). After the album was almost sabotaged by someone close to the studio, it was finally released on November 19, 2002 (ten years after Rages debut album). The album would shoot to the top of the charts peaking at number seven on the Billboard Top 200 charts with four top five hits on the Modern Rock charts as well as landing at number 100 on the year end charts for the US Billboard top 200. The album would be certified triple platinum meaning 3 million in sales.

Audioslavebsck1.Cochise– A song that was named after Cochise, an Apache Indian starts off with a cool build up with Morello and Wilk before it explodes right into the track that is just an in your face rock anthem in the vein of what Rage sounded like. The lyrics have nothing to do with the actual Cochise, it has a lot of religious themes in it. 5/5

2. Show How Me To Live– The song keeps that Rage funk like guitar and bass riff going with Cornell’s amazing vocals. Towards the end of the song, Cornell hits his throat with the side of his hand to have an effect while he changes the pitch of his vocals. Most people think the song is religious, but I believe the song is referencing Frankenstein and his monster. 5/5

3. Gasoline– The song kind of mixes that grunge sound at first with the Rage sound before it gets a little cool with the effect on Morello’s guitar during the verses. The song seems to be about escaping whatever or where ever your are in your life. 5/5

4. What You Are– The tempo is turned down a little compared to previous tracks and it’s a track that is pretty deep about being in control of someone or something’s power. Chris was always a deep person lyrically. 5/5

5. Like A Stone– One of my favorite tracks on the album and from the band in general. The song has a very cool tempo with a sick bass line from Commerford. Cornell has described the meaning of the song’s lyrics saying, “It’s a song about concentrating on the afterlife you would hope for, rather than the normal monotheistic approach: You work really hard all your life to be a good person and a moral persona and fair and generous, and then you go to hell anyway.” 5/5

6. Set It Off– a return to the bombastic in your face Rage sound that we all love with lyrics that could be stemmed in religion or MLK. 4.5/5

7. Shadow on the Sun– Another favorite of mine from Audioslave period. The tempo is slowed down and Chris’s vocals really shine through on this track. The song’s lyrics are definitely about a relationship, heartache, and maybe even reconciliation (or maybe not). 5/5

Audioslave-Audioslave-Part-1-Cd-Cover-468488. I Am The Highway– A very cool track that also has a mellow melancholic tone to it in a track that seems to be about someone who is just fed up with life and the way that its’ going. 5/5

9. Exploder– A col funky bass line helps drive this track about a man who is going through some sort of psychosis where he is freeing himself of everything. The choruses are cool because Morello comes in with those huge power chords that are bombastic and in your face. 5/5

10. Hypnotize– A very different kind of track for Audioslave that almost has a English dub sound to it, but it features that signature solo from Morello. The song is all about sharing the wealth. 4.5/5

11. Bring Em Back Alive– The track starts with a driving metal like riff with Cornell having some cool effects on his vocals the reminds me of something Ozzy did on a Black Sabbath track. 4/5

12. Light My Way– A cool funky track that has Morello throwing some cool effects with his guitar as Cornell sings about a man who had strayed from God asking for forgiveness. The chorus has that sound you all love from Morello and co. 4.5/5

13. Getaway Car– Another slow tempo track from the band which is all about having to learn to love yourself before you can learn to love others. The track features a very bluesy solo from Morello which is cool. 4/5

14. The Last Remaining Light– The last track on the album from the band and its kind of an eerie track just from Morello’s guitar playing and Cornell’s delivery. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I honestly feel like the first nine tracks are drastically different than the last five and I don’t know if that was done on purpose, but very noticeable. Nonetheless, this was an amazing album from start to finish. It’s just very sad to know that Chris won’t be back to perform these songs or even write new material ever again. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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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.

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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.

There are always issues in the cinematic world that are constantly debated all the time like which version of a movie is better; The American Hollywood version or the international version (usually the original)? In 1998, Tri-Star pictures released the abomination known as Godzilla (recognized by the Japanese as Zilla) which was a box office flop and the reason that the original version was better than the American counterpart. The only redeeming factor of this film was the soundtrack which was also hit or miss, but it contained a true gem in it. That true gem that I am talking about comes from politically charged Rap Rock legends Rage Against The Machine and their equally political charged track No Shelter. Despite that the song is the purest example of what Rage Against The Machine was all about, it did contain one line in it, “Godzilla, pure motherfucking filler, get your eyes off the real killer.” Which may have qualified it for this film. The song was first featured on the soundtrack before it was released as a bonus track for The Battle Of Los Angeles. Check it out below:

 

the fat of the landI am going a little outside the box this week for the album of the week post, but there is a reason behind my madness as you will undoubtedly see. I was a bar/restaurant when I recognized a song from a electronic dance music band from back in the 90’s and I instantly felt nostalgic. The DJ at the bar threw on Firestarter by English big beat/electronic… band Prodigy and I instantly knew what album I wanted to cover for today. Along with bands like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Prodigy helped pioneer the big beat genre (because it sounded similar to Acid House music) that everyone grew to love in the mid to late 90’s here in the states. The band mixed the big beat with electronic rock and punk sounds to create their iconic sound which was eaten up by kids here that loved Industrial music and techno music. The group at the time of the release of The Fat Of The Land which I am covering today was made up of Keith Flint (Vocals), Liam Howlett (Keyboards, synthesizers, sampling, programming), and Maxim Reality (Vocals). The album supposedly also features Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam/Soundgarden on it as well. The album peaked at both number one in the UK and the US Billboard Top 200 charts making it a huge success for the group as it eventually went 2X platinum in the states.

1. Smack My Bitch Up– This was one of the most controversial songs on the record because critics often called it Misogynistic in nature due to the title of the song being repeated throughout the track. The track features a bunch of samples from various artists like Rage Against The Machine (Bulls On Parade) and it even features the rap from Kool Keith in the Ultramagnetic MCs song Give The Drummer Some. 5/5

the_prodigy_-_the_fat_of_the_land_-_cd2. Breathe– This is such an iconic track from the album that has been featured in countless movies just because of the beat in the track. The song has that Industrial sound to it that was hit all around the world. 5/5

3. Diesel Power– This is a electronic dance track with a hip hop flare to it as Kool Keith raps over the track. 4/5

4. Funky Shit– The track features vocals sampled from Root Down by the Beastie Boys while the horn you’ll hear is from the Theme From S.W.A.T. track from Rhythm Heritage, and it also features samples from 2, 3, Break by The B-Boys. 4/5

5. Serial Thrilla– This track is pretty cool as it samples Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nirvana with Selling Jesus by Skunk Anansie with Keith Flint on vocals. 4/5

6. Mindfields– The main riff of the track is sampled from the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun as they use John Barry’s Hip’s Trip. 4/5

The_Prodigy-The_Fat_Of_The_Land_Japan-Back-7. Narayan– This is a pretty good electronic dance track that features Crispian Mills on vocals. 4/5

8. Firestarter– Another famous track off the album that samples the track S.O.S. by The Breeders as well as Close (To The Edit) by Art Of Noise.The track also showcases Flint’s punky vocal style which became iconic of the group. 5/5

9. Climbatize– The main riff of the track is from The Horn Track by Egyptian Empire and it also features the main drum loop from Air Drums from Outer Bongolia by The Jedi Knights. There is some controversy that surrounds this track because Prodigy didn’t get permission to use the drum loop so The Jedi Knights threatened to sue the band. The band’s label found out that The Jedi Knights used the drum loop from another band without permission so the label bought the rights to the Incredible Bongo Band track and turned around and threatened to sue The Jedi Knights. George Lucas found out about this and he threatened to sue The Jedi Knights for stealing the name he created. 4/5

10. Fuel My Fire– This is Prodigy’s cover of the L7 track that features Saffron on vocals and Gizz Butt on Guitar. 4/5

My Final Thoughts- These guys were definitely pioneers of their time as they brought this type of music to the forefront of the pop charts. Much like today’s EDM movement, they took over the charts at the time. This is a great album tat if you’re looking to get into this stuff, start here. I am giving the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.

Just_Another_VictimYou have to think back to the time of the release of today’s Soundtrack Saturday film and wonder how influential was this soundtrack in the future events to come. The Judgment Night soundtrack was released on September 14, 1993 and it featured some of the biggest names in rock and metal doing tracks with some of the biggest rap artists of the time as well. You had Slayer doing a cover track with Ice-T, Faith No More doing a song with Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., and even Living Colour doing a track with Run DMC. In 1993, bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine hadn’t even released their first albums or had any popularity at the time, but critics everywhere ranted and raved about this soundtrack that maybe it did influence labels to start signing bands like this to create the eventual Nu-Metal genre. Nevertheless, is is a question worth thinking about if you want to get to the nitty gritty of how things got started. The track that I am using from the Judgement Night soundtrack is the track that features the band Helmet doing the song Just Another Victim with House Of Pain which featured future Limp Bizkit turntablist DJ Lethal. The track had the right kind of grooves that would be the template for the Nu-Metal genre as Page Hamilton sings most of the verses with Everlast and co. on the choruses. That is until later on in the song when Everlast takes over the mic and spits the rhymes like only Everlast can. Kerrang! Magazine placed the track at number 4 on their 666 Songs You Must Own (Crossover) list. Check out the song below and check out the soundtrack while you’re at it.