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Rage Against The Machine (Album)

This is the page for the 1992 debut album, for the band, see Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine
Studio album by Rage Against The Machine
Released November 10, 1992
Recorded April - May 1992
Genre Rap-Metal, Funk Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock
Length 52:52
Language English
Label Epic
Producer Garth Richardson, Rage Against The Machine
Professional reviews
  • Allmusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar half
  • Alternative Press Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar half
  • BBC (Very Favorible)
  • Robert Christgau Star full
  • Molody Maker Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar full
  • Q Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar full
  • Rolling Stone Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty
  • Sputnik Music Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar half
Rage Against The Machine Studio Album chronology
Rage Against The Machine
Evil Empire
Rage Against The Machine is the 1992 eponymous debut album by Californian rap-metal group Rage Against The Machine. It had both commercail and critical acclaim apon 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 heatseakers 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 is because 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.

Track listingEdit

  1. Bombtrack
  2. Killing In The Name
  3. Take The Power Back
  4. Seattle For Nothing
  5. Bullet In The Head
  6. Know Your Enemy
  7. Wake Up
  8. Fistfull of Steel
  9. Township Rebellion
  10. Freedom


  • Maynard James Keenan, vocalist of Tool, was featured in "Know Your Enemy" as backing vocals
  • Stephin Perkins, Jane's Addiction 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 lead single. It was very successful in the UK. The second was "Bullet In The Head", the third was "Bombtrack", and the forth 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.


"Guilty Party":

  • Zach De La Rocha-Vocals
  • Tom Morello-Guitar
  • Tim Commerford-Bass
  • Brad Wilk-Drums

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