This is the page for the 1992 debut album, for the band, see Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine is the 1992 eponymous debut album by Californian rap-metal group Rage Against The Machine. It had both commercial and critical acclaim upon release due to its highly successful lead single "Killing In The Name". The album had three more singles after, "Bullet In The Head", "Bombtrack", and "Freedom". The album reached at #1 on billboard's heatseekers chart.
The cover art is a black-and-white photo of a Buddhist burning himself to death in protest of a law saying you cannot follow Buddhism that was photographed in 1963. As stated in an interview, Tom Morello mentioned that the reason why they choosed that photo for the cover ithatse it represented the rebellious theme of there music. This photo was also used for the single "Killing In The Name".
Music and LyricsEdit
The music is manly Rap-Metal. It also described as Alternative Metal, Funk Metal, and Hard Rock. The lyrical themes are political and rebellious. For example, "Bullet In The Head" is about propaganda and how it brainwashes everyone to buy different products, the song itself represents that as if people died in a Drive-by.
- Take The Power Back
- Settle For Nothing
- Know Your Enemy
- Wake Up
- Bullet In The Head
- Fistful of Steel
- Township Rebellion
- Killing In The Name
- Maynard James Keenan, vocalist of Tool, & A Perfect Circle was featured in "Know Your Enemy" as backing vocals.
- Stephin Perkins, Jane's Addiction's drummer, featured as "Trashcan percussion"
As said earlier, the album had a total of 4 Singles, each having music videos. "Killing In The Name" was picked as the lead single. It was very successful in the UK. The second was "Bullet In The Head", the third was "Bombtrack", and the fourth and final was "Freedom".
During early 1992, the band started on a tour that would last intill December 31, 1993. The song "Wake Up" was featured in the film The Matrix.