Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine – [Record 114]
Rage Against the Machine is the debut studio album by the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine. The album was released on November 3, 1992. It went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Know Your Enemy” features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on “additional vocals”, and also features Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. Keenan has been known on occasion to appear onstage with the band to perform the song. The album cover features the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức that occurred on June 11, 1963.
2. Killing in the Name.
3. Take the Power Back.
4. Settle for Nothing.
5. Bullet in the Head.
6. Know Your Enemy.
7. Wake Up.
8. Fistful of Steel.
9. Township Rebellion.
Critical response: Allmusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia gave the album four and a half stars and stated “it was the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal”, he also praised the album’s “meaningful rhymes and emotionally charged conviction”.
In 2001, Q magazine named Rage Against the Machine as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Acclaimed BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe named Rage Against the Machine as one of four ‘Masterpieces’. This was his best album, on December 2, 2008.
In October 2011, Rage Against the Machine was ranked number five on Guitar World magazine’s top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.
Artwork and sleeve notes: The cover features a photo of the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion. The photograph drew international attention and persuaded U.S. President John F. Kennedy to withdraw support for Ngô Đình Diệm’s government. It was taken by Associated Press correspondent Malcolm Browne; a similar photograph earned the award of World Press Photo of the Year in 1963.
The songs on Rage Against the Machine all feature political messages. Activists such as Provisional IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton are listed in the “Thanks For Inspiration” section. Also thanked were Ian and Alec MacKaye—de la Rocha was straight edge at the time, though he later took up smoking.
The lyrics for each song were printed in the album booklet with the exception of those for “Killing in the Name”, which were omitted; the booklet reads “2. KILLING IN THE NAME”, skips the lyrics and continues with the next song.
The statement “no samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this record” can be found at the end of the sleeve notes. Similar statements were made in the band’s subsequent albums. The band also refer to themselves as “Guilty Parties” for each album.
Tour: Main article: Rage Against the Machine Tour. The album was supported by the Rage Against the Machine Tour which commenced in early 1992 and concluded on December 31, 1993.
XX 20th Anniversary Edition: The band announced on the October 9, 2012, via their Facebook page that they would be releasing a special 20th anniversary boxset to commemorate the group’s debut album. The boxset contains never-before-released concert material, including the band’s 2010 Finsbury Park show and footage from early in their career, as well as a digitally-remastered version of the album, b-sides and the original demo tape (on disc for the first time). The collection was released on November 27, 2012.
The release features 3 distinct versions:
Deluxe Box Set featuring two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40 page booklet and two-sided poster
Special Edition featuring two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks
Single compact disc (with three bonus tracks)