Rage Against the Machine, also known as RATM, is an American rap metal band from Los Angeles, California.
They are best known for their expression of their political views in many of their songs. They have
sold over 16 million records worldwide.
Also Known As:
Los Angeles, California
Rap metal, funk metal, alternative metal
1991-2000, 2007-2011 (on hiatus)
Public Enemy and Afrika Bambaataa
The name comes from a song that Zack de la Rocha had written for his former hardcore punk band Inside Out.
Zack de la Rocha - lead vocals
Tom Morello - lead guitar
Tim Commerford - bass guitar, backing vocals
Brad Wilk - drums, percussion
Rage Against The Machine Quotes
Zack even surpassed himself with his lyrics. On our first album the lyrics sounded a bit like slogans, on Empire they sounded a bit like a history book, but now he sounds more personal, more emotional than he ever did."
"We used a lot of weird instruments and amps, and we used (all the) technical equipment the studio could offer. I could even use my ten coolest guitar riffs. Basically, we all could work on our parts and do with them what we liked best."
It was a slap in the face for artists like us who ride the bull of major labels in order to disseminate our messages on a wider scale that when you become too threatening they're more than happy to slap you down. You know, the First Amendment doesn't mean jack to Time-Warner when it comes to the ethical dictates of their board of directors.
Rage Against The Machine Awards:
Grammy Award for Hard Rock: Guerrilla Radio,
Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance Tire Me,