Throwback Album: Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire

Rage Against the Machine were true visionaries when it came to their blend of rock, metal, funk, and rap. They were one of the best bands in that combination and always stood out from the surge of rap/metal bands. Thier self-titled album dropped in 1992 and put them to the forefront, not only was it catchy, but they had political messages attached; taking on corporate America.

After rumors swirled of a break-up even back then, in 1996 they followed up with one of my favorite albums by them called Evil Empire. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, proving that Rage had taken over. Vocalist Zach De La Rocha spits with charisma, fierce, and bold statements that will get your adrenaline pumping. "Bulls on Parade" always gets me amped, even to this day after 15 years.

The track "Tire Me" won a 1996 Grammy for Best Metal Performance. "Bulls on Parade" and "People of the Sun" were both nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in following years. Yet, I think the album itself should of won a Grammy, no one was making music like them and it still retains significant value in American music today. In May 2000, 11 years ago the album went triple platinum.

Some standout tracks include: "Bulls on Parade," "People of the Sun," "Vietnow," "Tire Me," "Down Rodeo," and "Year of tha Boomerang." Purchase Evil Empire on Amazon or iTunes.



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