Rage Against the Machine

Release date
6 Nov 1992
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bombtrack 4:03 669,260
2 Killing in the Name 5:13 1,106,336
3 Take the Power Back 5:35 546,366
4 Settle for Nothing 4:47 400,284
5 Bullet in the Head 5:07 578,766
6 Know Your Enemy 4:54 614,596
7 Wake Up 6:04 666,750
8 Fistful of Steel 5:31 386,591
9 Township Rebellion 5:24 374,423
10 Freedom 6:06 441,940

About this album

Rage Against the Machine is the debut album by rock band Rage Against the Machine, released November 3, 1992. The songs on Rage Against the Machine tend to feature political mantras with the vocals rapped. The album peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and at #45 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Tom Morello’s guitar soloing is somewhat traditional on this album, taking influence more from heavy metal music, in comparison to later releases where it is more experimental and geared toward emulation of DJs and hip hop.

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.

The album is known for its high production values, which are almost to the strictest audiophile standards. Some audiophile sites and magazines even go as far as using the album — in particular the song “Take the Power Back” — to test amplifiers and speakers.

Acclaimed BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe named Rage Against the Machine as one of four albums to be added to his list of ‘Masterpieces’, and his personal favourite album, on December 2nd, 2008.

The cover artwork features a famous photo of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death 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.

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