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The Battle Of Los Angeles Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 2 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00002MZ2C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 581 customer reviews
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1. Testify
2. Guerrilla Radio
3. Calm Like A Bomb
4. Mic Check (Once Hunting, Now Hunted)
5. Sleep Now In The Fire
6. Born Of A Broken Man
7. Born As Ghosts
8. Maria
9. Voice Of The Voiceless
10. New Millennium Homes
11. Ashes In The Fall
12. War Within A Breath

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remastered reissue of 1999 albumpackaged in a digipak.


Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman

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Format: Audio CD
1999s The Battle Of Los Angeles proves to be great from track number one with "Testify" then to "Guerilla Radio" then "Calm Like A Bomb" and so on. I can't stress enough how much i love this album, even though all their albums are great. But this album which appeared at the end of the century, right before Y2K, holds a certain value that other Rage cds don't hold. Same line-up but with varied sound. This has their heaviest material and their angriest material. The song "Mic Check" is a sweet freestyle by Zack in a beat made by their instruments. After all, is says on all of their cds, that all of the noises are made by drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. Their talent is at the peak of their career in this album. "Sleep Now In The Fire" is another great hit with unforgettable lyrics and riffs. The Year before Zack called it quits. All though they retired, their contributions to the industry will live on forever. I highly reccomend this album, and all their other albums.
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Format: Audio CD
Along while nu-metal was established , the band " rage against The Machine " had been there before nu - metal was formed .
as for rage against the machine they did not need to use any turntables , electric pianos and etc . They had sticked to their orginal sound .
Battle of Los Angeles is their best album yet . i had bought this record in the summer of 2003 . the first track of the record was another amazement by rage . things dont change for them . Guerilla Radio had included inspiring lyrics . the last verses in the song had stated for the innocent " Mumia Abu Jamal " . Rage Against The Machine had brought back the genre that was needed for what this music industry had craved for .
The guitar riffs for this record were absoulutly amazing .
I have been listening to Rage Against The Machine for a long time and have had bought all of their records that they had released . all for a fact that Mr.Rocha with his lyrics and Morello's capability were amazing .
If you are a casual fan and dont have thier greatest hits . this like thier best album to their self titled album .
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Format: Audio CD
When I first got battle of LA i wasn't expecting the material it contained. For some reason I was a little disappointed but like other cd's i got to listening to it the whole way through and i really grew to love it. It's produced really well, I know thats not something a rock fan wants to hear but the way zach's voice just looms in every song is haunting. I think Tom's guitar playing is at it's peak in this album and it's a bit more creative than the other albums but overall it's a really good album. The hits like Testify and Guerrilla Radio catch on first but it's really a complete album and every song is worth listening to, you can just put it on random and you can't really be disappointed with any song. At this point Battle of LA is my favorite rage album followed by the self title then evil empire. I think Evil Empire lacked some energy but this album is really quite energized being fast paced yet very thoughtful lyrics, great riffs by tom, and a more mature sound. As with any rage album, I reccommend it.
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By A Customer on June 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
Of Rage's three original albums, this is by far the best. Their self-titled debut album was great, but not quite as good as Battle of Los Angles. This album itself is much more focused than their two previous albums. Some of he songs themselves are more, while others are a bit convoluted with different messages. For example, "Voice of the Voiceless" is an ode to Mumia Abu Jamal who is currently on death row for a crime he didn't committ and "War Within a Breath" is about the failed revolution of 1994 when peasants farmers tried to overthrow the corrupt Mexican government. This album is full of memorable lines just like the debut album, but they are more specific. Lines like "My panther, my brother, we are at war until you are free" (Voice of the Voiceless) and "Anything can happen on a New Year's day" (War Within a Breath). Here's how I would rate the songs on a scale of 1 - 10.
Testify: 10/10 - Great instrumentals including an short Morello solo at the end of the song. Great lyrics protesting the US' bombing of Iraq. I'm not sure if it's about the Desert Storm or the brief bombings that took place during Clinton's presidency. Either way, it's about Iraq.
Guerilla Radio: 9/9 - This song has an even better solo by Morello, but the lyrics are a bit over the place. The song is aimed against censorship, but the lyrics are repeated such as the lines about Mumia Abu Jamal (considering there's already a song dedicated to him)
Calm like a Bomb: 9/10 - Very unique sound from Morello with good lyrics from de la Rocha. This song's mainly about the impoverished masses of Mexico with some lines aimed against American capitalism.
Mic Check: 9/10 - Another song for Morello to show off his skills.
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Format: Audio CD
I'll start by saying BUY THIS ALBUM ASAP.
I am shocked that the reviewers of this album who claim to be "fans" say this is not their best work. I strongly disagree. This album is my favorite Rage album, and probably one of the last riff-oriented rock albums of the 90's (before nu-metal and 3 chord punk really took over mainstream rock). I consider this to be the best Rage album and one of the best albums ever created. Tom Morrello(rage guitarist) is a musical genius, he is a Harvard graduate and his innovation will never be matched.
If you are reading these other reviews, please take mine into consideration, I respect the veiws of my fellow rage fans, but I beg to differ. So, if you want powerful rock riffs that will blow your mind for years to come, look no further, Battle of LA is that and more. Buy it, I GUARANTEE YOU WILL ENJOY IT, if you don't: send me an email at Thextream400@hotmail.com, and I'll listen to your opinion.
Buy the album and see for yourself- it rocks
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