Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Evil Empire [Explicit Lyrics]

Rage Against the Machine Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 8.68 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Friday, October 31? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Frequently Bought Together

Evil Empire + The Battle Of Los Angeles + Renegades
Price For All Three: CDN$ 27.16

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

  • The Battle Of Los Angeles CDN$ 9.49
  • Renegades CDN$ 8.99

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

1. People Of The Sun
2. Bulls On Parade
3. Vietnow
4. Revolver
5. Snakecharmer
6. Tire Me
7. Down Rodeo
8. Without A Face
9. Wind Below
10. Roll Right
11. Year Of Tha Boomerang

Product Description

Product Description

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


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

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Few flaws, but still a standout March 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
After 3 to 4 years, Rage released this "more metal than rap" style album. Evil Empire doesn't have as much talent as the debut with the exception of a few songs(People Of The Sun, Bulls On Parade, Down Rodeo), but it's still better than Renegades. Battle Of L.A. Is better than this, but this isn't far behind. Tom Morello takes the guitar skills to the next level on Revolver, People Of The Sun and Roll Right. Zack De La Rocha really gives it the young Phil Anselmo style voice on the vocals on the songs like Snake Charmer and Tire Me. Well, here's the song-depth review:
1)People Of The Sun(2:30) - Shortest song, but really heavy. Pretty cool, sounds better live. This is a standout track. 4/5
2)Bulls On Parade(3:52) - My personal favourite on the album, much like everyone else. Seems really cool, no cheesy starts, just goes straight to the action. Not as good as Guerilla Radio from Battle Of L.A., but the best song on Evil Empire. 5/5
3)Vietnow(4:39) - Well, it's not too bad, but it's very average. A bit like Take The Power Back, only less good. Unfortunately it's my least favourite. 2/5
4)Revolver(5:30) - Long, but heavy. This is tied with Down Rodeo for 3rd best song. It's soft, much like Settle For Nothing and Born Of A Broken Man, but then it gets heavy with a lot of screaming. This is a song that never gets old. Standout. 5/5
5)Snakecharmer(3:55) - 2nd best song. It's nice, It's a fast song with a lot of screaming, much like Revolver, but shorter, heavier and more creative lyrics. Another standout. 5/5
6)Tire Me(3:00) - 3 minutes exact. This is the closest song to being much like 13 Steps To Nowhere from Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill. Perfect, but just loses to Down Rodeo. Still good. Zack really makes this a different Rage.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Audio CD
Yeah it's a five-star album. I agree that with all the expectations put on this album to be as good as their self-titled album, this one gets a bad rap (yuk yuk). However, this contains some darn good songs as well. In fact, I might say that just because it has MORE songs, but it isn't better than the first. You see, the circumstances surrounding the first album's recording-getting a contract after only ten shows, sending out tapes, being in general a buzz-band, and then exploding in furious indignation onto people's radios every five minutes for the next ten years-gave it more attitude and rebelliousness. Evil empire has the same song formula/structure, with militant rapping and stellar, bombastic guitar work, along with a funky rythm to every song. The best part of their albums is when Zack gets all of his points accross and then just rips it up, yelling at people to fight the power, etc. I like Revolver- what happens is that the verse is slower, but like with Settle for Nothing previously, and later Born of a Broken Man, the slower verses contrast elequently with the guitar chorus. These make for the most intellectual songs on their albums, and with Revolver it certainly works. I heard someone say that there was a hip-hop scratcher on it-it's one of three things. 1) the reviewer is stupid and doesn't know that they only use bass, drums, guitar, and vocals 2) I'm really stupid and didn't know that they really used one, or 3) they copped out and got a scratcher. I hope it's number 1 because you can't break a tradition like that! Standout tracks include the short People of the Sun (hehe-short people), Revolver, Vietnow (GREAT GUITAR THERE), and of course the single, Bulls on Parade, which I find impossible to learn on guitar now matter how much I try (but I guess I suck anyway). So This is not as essential as their other studio albums, but it's much better than Renegades (because they wrote all the music). Think of a combination between Battle of L.A. and their Self-titled.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars soundtrack for a RIOT Oct. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
i will say it again: this band is thee greatest rap rock band ever. intense with huge musical muscle and plenty of venom to fuel thier rage. phenonimal musicians with a phenonimal frontman, with a strong sense of musicianship and still melodic enough to hum the melodies. basically it is black sabbath meets public enemy.
zach is an intense frontman with great rapping ability and plenty to say. i agree with amazon that sometiems he is too broad in his message and sometimes you cannot understand his words but thats why I read the lyrics in the booklet. still, he is a force to be reckoned with. his lyrical bombs are angry and potent. he rages while he raps, part rock scream and part rapper and all the while lighting fires and leaving a trail as he explodes.
the band is an inferno. brad and tim funkin it up in the back drop as tom morello uses his guitar to create soundscapes, riffs and chords to dazzle. he is a very different guitar player, combining both traditional playing with some off the wall playing. at times the sounds he creates sound almost like a DJ.
this album may not be as radical as thier first but it is more more intense. there was nothing on their first album that sounded as furious as REVOLVER. the band explodes behind (and along with) zach and the four of them together are one of the most furious and incredible forces ever to create music.
this album has some of the most accesible music. songs like PEOPLE OF THE SUN and BULLS ON PARADE are pure melodic rocked out and funked up bombs. this album was (for lack of a better word) the most accesible the band has ever been.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand album with a fantastic Re-mastering
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. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S.Katari
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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
Published 23 months ago by Langer
1.0 out of 5 stars There is no logic to inciting violence to create peace
Look kids! If you shell out $16.00 you too can listen to the supposed socialist political musical stylings of Rage! So much for the band supposedly being anti-capitalism. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by earthlight66
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I like it a lot. But is not my favorite one.
Published on July 10 2004 by King Of Bad Reviews
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. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by thejmyster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Empire.
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,... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Tomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Rage Fan
This cd does not live up to their self-titled album. However "People of the Sun", Bulls On Parade", and Vietnow are great tracks. Read more
Published on May 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from RATM
Several years after releasing their outstanding debut album, Rage Against the Machine followed up with Evil Empire, and it doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Hilary Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crowning Achievement
This one sets me off every time I listen to it. "People of the Sun" and "Bulls on Parade" are two of the best rage tracks paired back to back, and those are... Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by D. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics, Politics, Politics!
This CD may not quite be their most political in my opinion, but it is by far their best. Don't pull out the shotgun just yet, I have more to say. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by DiFranco
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category