Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1992)
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Nowadays, bands are advised to keep the intros short in order to be more radio-friendly. It would be a shame to trim these instrumental openings as Rage may have done them better than anyone else in the 90s.
The intriguing bassline to open Take the Power Back, the Kashmir-esque Wake Up intro (which made for a good outro in The Matrix), and the clean Bombtrack opening pattern (essential repertoire for any budding high school guitarist back in the day).
Bombtrack is a representative sample of the record as a whole: stellar opening, decent follow-up riff, the song gradually becomes less interesting as it approaches the 4-minute mark. Then Killing in the Name of bursts in with another great intro and the pattern continues.
The riffs: who else had the funk of Frusciante, muscle of Metallica, and even drift into McCready/Gossard territory (on Freedom)? His influences may have been noticeable, but the unique mix of sounds and effects is unmistakably Tom Morello.
While Morello & the De la Rocha rants get most of the attention, the contributions of the rhythm section are solid. Ditto the blink-and-you’ll-miss it cameo on Know Your Enemy by Tool lead singer/Arizona Vineyard owner Maynard James Keenan.
The benchmark for metal rap.
From → 1990s