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Evil Empire [Explicit Lyrics]

Rage Against the Machine Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
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As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand album with a fantastic Re-mastering Feb. 9 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
As much as I enjoy Rage's self-titled, introduction album; Evil Empire will always stand, as easily their most memorable... at least for my ears.

I can easily say, that this vinyl re-mastered transfer, doesn't disappoint. With a fantastic depth and crisp, full-bodied sound, this album delivers, just as it did in 1996.

The album holder itself, isn't much to rave home about, and is quite barbones. It doesn't necessarily need the expanded opening, that allows for more artistic features, to indulge the viewer, but it would have been a nice add-on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! Nov. 27 2012
By Langer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Zach is really freakin' angry on this one. Lyrics reflect a very pissed-off young man. Driving metal beats, socially-conscious lyrics..this album is RAGE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rage Fan May 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd does not live up to their self-titled album. However "People of the Sun", Bulls On Parade", and Vietnow are great tracks. I definately suggest buying this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like it a lot. But is not my favorite one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Rage July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
RATM's sophomore effort is a worthy followup to their incredible debut. I can't say that I enjoy this album quite as much as their first , but it still has a great collection of tunes. People of the Sun, Bulls on Parade, Vietnow, and Down Rodeo are some of my favorite Rage songs. I absolutely adore RATM's blend of politics and music. It is so great to hear intelligent music with an intelligent message behind it. I must say that I strongly disagree with Roni Sareg (author of Amazon's editorial review above). I don't find Rage's message misdirected at all. Zack, as he said on their first album, knows his enemy. Rage is against the entire global capitalist system. There is nothing empty or ranting about this. It is a much deeper and more philosophical political message than just railing against the President or the war or whatever would be specific enough. To me, the uncompromising opposition to the system that spawns so much destruction is a much more powerful message that gives RATM a uniquely powerful quality. Rage Against the Machine provides some of the best rock out there today. I highly recommend all their albums, both for the music and the message contained within the music.
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Format:Audio CD
The follow-up to 1992's smash hit self-titled debut, is sure to knock some heads off. This sequel is better than most sequels as Rage was (and is) better than most bands. Evil Empire, released in 1996 features the same awesome, kicking sound and the same awesome, kicking line-up which is: Zack, Tom, Brad, and Tim. This sick, sweet, great come back features some of the best songs to date, including Rages best song and one of the best and my favorite songs of all time, "Bulls on Parade." Rage Against the Machine yet amazes the crowd yet again with this great sequel. Some people think the first is the best, and some think that this album sucks. They are all great in my opinion and they all hold the same worth that makes them all classics. I highly reccomend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Empire. June 13 2004
By Tomas
Format:Audio CD
Rage Against the machine was one of the first and no doubt best Rap/Metal bands. And this is my favorite Rage Against CD it was the first one I bought and it remains my favorite, all the songs are great I think and I realy dont undrestand why so many people dont like this as much as the first album.
The songs are yust as good as the ones on thire debut album I think, but no mather what seriusly all Rage Against 3 albums are classics and must haves for any Hard Rock lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from RATM May 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Several years after releasing their outstanding debut album, Rage Against the Machine followed up with Evil Empire, and it doesn't disappoint. Most of the songs have a lot of energy and really rock, and only a couple get a little boring. "Bulls on Parade" was the first Rage song I ever heard and it's one of the album's best, although my favorite was "Down Rodeo". Zack's voice sort of sounds worse on this album, but he makes up for it with his hostile tone and offensive choice of words. Get this CD to hear some vicious rap/metal with a lot of thought-provoking messages.
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