Written By Braddon S. Williams
Rage Against The Machine
Lollapalooza 1993 began with a band I had never heard before and would never forget as long as I live. Rage Against The Machine took the stage and nearly stole the entire show that day. They played nearly their entire self-titled debut album (released in 1992), and displayed an intensity that was palpable…like an electric current that ran rampant through the crowd.
I’m sure Rage converted countless followers that day, and I bought the album soon after, delving into the politically charged lyrics of Zack de la Rocha, and fell in love with the gargantuan grooves laid down by Tim Commerford’s bass and Brad Wilk’s funky but powerful as gunshots drumming.
Tying it all together was the guitar work of Tom Morello, combining metallic riffs that were drenched with soul, guitar solos that alternated between traditional hard rock and sounds that emulated turntable scratches.
The man was so fresh and original in his approach to guitar that it made my head spin.
Rage Against The Machine (the album) contained a collection of amazing songs, like Take The Power Back, Wake Up, Bullet In The Head, Bombtrack, Freedom, Township Rebellion, and the defiantly anthemic Killing In The Name.
My favorite song was Know Your Enemy (featuring a killer cameo appearance by Maynard James Keenan from Tool). The production work by Garth Richardson was fantastic, too.
Rage Against The Machine sounds as great today as it did back in the early ’90’s. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and RATM made a monumental first impression on me!