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Rage Against The Machine: A Farewell to Guns

I would have been a teenager when, on a school trip, someone brought a CD into the bus gallery that had a burning Buddhist monk on the cover and simply said “Rage Against the Machine.” “Killing In The Name” featuring the 17 “fuck you” who had become “overtired” from playing with our group and were in a state of youthful, rebellious madness as what we were hearing was both sonically shocking on a subconscious level was also highly pornographic, but also lyrically this provoked the rebel that all teenagers hide within themselves to express themselves. A dynamite sound platform that sets everything on fire and burns, and we who will change the world with the sounds of “Take The Power Back”. I remember reading the disclaimer on the CD cover: “No samples, keyboards or synthesizers were used in the making of this record,” which gave extra points to the legend born in the name of Tom Morello. because what you heard wasn’t just guitar sounds!

Some of those who provide powers are the same ones who burn crosses

Fast forward to 2000, when they arrived at one of their last performances before their first disbandment in an episodic performance at the Petra Theater (6/14), where an incredible amount of jamming came in and the dust cloud hid everything, but it didn’t like us We were all happy to see RATM on stage. The destruction of this concert, both during and after the incidents and clashes with the MAT, will never be forgotten, perhaps even by the same people who slowly walked away to escape the tear gas.

Maybe Prophets Of Rage was almost “the real thing”. 2019, but bad lies, when they announced concerts again, we all expected how and how we would not only see them live again, but also finally new material after 2000 and “Renegades”. And he came Brad Wilk proved us wrong a while agoand probably bring an end to RATM for good.

Anger against the machine

For those out there who think that RATM was just a “Killing In The Name Of” and for those who simply miss the 90s, characterized by their sounds and the sounds of the countless bands that were influenced by the fusion of rap and Metal influenced, vibrated were born because of RATM, this mini review is for you.

Your anger is a gift

Morello was born in 1991 from the remnants of Morello’s first band Lock Up, for which Brad Wilk had also unsuccessfully auditioned. He was impressed by the style and freestyle rapping of Zack De La Rocha and with Tim Commerforld. They began jamming at Harvard, where Morello was studying and in various clubs. The first album didn’t take long to arrive and aroused the interest of Epic (Sony). Many, in my opinion, will accuse them of being “alleged communists” or “monkey revolutionaries” and “How can you show me Che Guevara and speak against capitalism when you’re signed to Sony and paid handsomely for so many years selling records, t-shirts, concerts, etc.?». We are far from political analysis, but let us mention that even despite the fact that her music is distributed by a multinational company, she has never changed her style, her music, her anti-capitalist and anarchist stance and has promoted many through her activities have movements and ideas for equality and anti-racism, are involved in charitable causes and always speak about issues that concern them (see Mumia Abu-Jamal).

Anger against the machine

“Killing In The Name” undoubtedly launched her into the public stratosphere. A riff that came to Morello during a guitar lesson, and a piece that became the BBC’s number one Christmas song in 2009 at the initiative of a couple from England and led to the historic free concert in Finsbury Park.

It has to start somewhere. It has to start at some point. Is there a better place than here?
What better time than now?

By 1996, they were all considered disbanded due to a concert break, but Evil Empire broke out when Bulls On Parade was heard everywhere and RATM tried to reconcile their members’ artistic differences. More funk and hip-hop from their triple-platinum, Grammy “Best Metal Performance” debut for “Tire Me.”

In 1999, those who had forgotten them remembered them again as Matrix closed “Wake Up” and they also released their third album “The Battle Of Los Angeles”. With the “Now sleep in the fire“managed to shut down Wall Street and win a second Grammy for “Guerrilla Radio,” while at the 2000 MTV Awards, Commerford, angered by losing Best Rock Video to Limp Bizkit, climbs onto a scaffolding onstage and then gets arrested becomes. Something that bothered him the rest of the band members, but that was certainly not the reason for De La Rocha’s departure after a month, citing irreconcilable artistic differences with the rest of the band members. With their covers it was the official farewell and finale of RATM or so we thought at the time.

Anger against the machine

Morello, Wilk, Commerford continued with Cornell and theirs Audio slave and then with them Prophet of rage, while De La Rocha did her own collaborations. In 2007 there was the first reunion with some concerts that could even be described as full of enthusiasm since no new album was released. In 2011 – as well as now – Brad Wilk stated that they had played their last show. However, never say never, because in 2019 they met for new concerts, which, however, never took place, first due to Covid and then due to De La Rocha’s injury in 2022.

Anger against the machine

What is the legacy of RATM if indeed the final end has now come? An end that basically came in 2000, but for 23 years we’ve only been teased with concerts?

Their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2023 was certainly warranted, judging by the overall impact they had on music and beyond. Reactive, honest with her audience and always true to her values. Morello explained in an interview, when accused of hypocrisy, that it was okay to appear at anarchist gatherings, but the message of the revolution spread much more through capitalist channels. So war from within against the machine, and whether you disagree or agree, they definitely succeeded. They didn’t achieve the revolution, but at least they spread the message they wanted everywhere, although I feel like the world is more focused on the music and superficial reactions of “”.Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me».

The land of the free? Whoever told you this is your enemy

Musically, what they achieved was unique and no one did it better. Fusion rap, rock, metal and hip-hop managed to redefine the sound of the 90s. Linkin Park, System Of A Down, Fever 333, Run The Jewels, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Enter Shikari and Korn are just some of the bands that were influenced by RATM, either musically or in the way they play music combine with political activism. Influenced by The Clash, Public Enemy and the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron, they gave us a sound we hadn’t imagined before. Morello made sounds with his guitar that really needed explanation so we wouldn’t believe they came from a record player, De La Rocha spewed street poetry with grit and conviction, all on the funk platform that Wilk used with Commerford had built. Their legacy remains alive and their message of revolution, of change, of fighting for your values ​​may be hypocritical to some, but definitely something that cannot be ignored.

Anger against the machine

So until it proves again (?) that they don’t give up and we see them on a live stage again, we will continue to listen to their tracks for concern, for inspiration or just to be beaten without the Rhymes for equality, for justice and peace to be observed. An example list to remember them or get to know them better could be the following:

•​ Freedom

•​ Take back the power

•​ Know your enemy

•​ revolver

•​ Tire me out

•​ Down Rodeo

•​ Microphone test

•​ Houses of the new millennium

•​ Voice of the voiceless

•​ No accommodation

•​ Renegades by Funk

•​ Maggie’s Farm

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