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Evil Empire Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (April 16 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 46.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000029D9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 248 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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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

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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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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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Format: Audio CD
Extremely good follow-up(although not quite as good) to their 1992 self-titled debut. Spinning out even more funky beats, with the excellent guitar work of Morello and the powerful lyrics of Zack, the powerful political messages are here in full force also. The catchy guitar riff in the opening track, People of the Sun, will instantly get you hooked into this album. Followed by one of Rage's most popular singles: Bulls on Parade, which relates to a lot of Rage's messages such as capitalism and the protection of the environment. Bulls on Parade also features one of Morello's best guitar solos ever with a nice long DJ like scratching of his guitar. Also look for a nice amount of distortion in Morello's guitar riffs for the song. BOP is followed up by two other great singles: Vietnow and Revolver. Vietnow has another heavy dose of typical Morello distortion. The rest of the album is not as good those first 4 songs, but other tracks to check out are: Down Rodeo and Without a Face. Without a doubt a great follow-up to their self-titled debut, and you should definitely pick this one up.
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Format: Audio CD
My favorite CD from my favorite band. I like every thing about this CD. The cover, the layout of the booklet, the music, EVERYTHING. Each time I give "Evil Empire" a spin, it's like I'm possessed by the fury of Zack de la Rocha's lyrics, and I just can't stop shaking my head wildly and playing that air guitar like Beavis. Every song, with the possible exception of "Without a Face" or "Roll Right" is fantastic. The vitirol, the violent message, and the distortions remain with me everywhere I go. I can't get this CD out of my head. Every song is a biting expose on socialism, ignorance, or injustice. And believe me, I'm not easily pleased with just any music. I don't follow the crowd and listen to whatever the other kids are into. Rage and Tool have been my standby bands since their debuts, when all of the people I knew were into rap, grunge, or KoRn (hahaha, you guys suck!). "Evil Empire," in my opinion, is Rage's best effort. It will be remembered like "Paranoid," is nowadays. One of the greatest albums ever, "EE" should be in every rocker's collection. Step into the jam.
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By A Customer on Sept. 13 1999
Format: Audio CD
To those of you who hate the band,
The whole reason you dont like the band is because you dont understand. For your whole life you have let the government and people in general push you around and tell you what to do. In my opinion you have no spine; your afraid to speak your mind because you are afraid to step on some toes.
To those who think America is the "land of the free"
This country is anything but free. Every day some buerocrats who dont care about the people pass laws without us even knowing. Then we get busted for doing something we didnt even know was against the law! This is not freeedom, this country has never known freedom, and if you dont believe me watch the news on the first day of the new year and see the books of new laws that they have passed that you dont know about. If our government is so concerned about freedom then why do we have to play "world cop"? Come on people, open your eyes and see that the best thing for this country would be a revolution. I support the band all the way and if you dont, then dont listen!
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Format: Audio CD
Every art form has the potential to serve the people. Music is no exception. Reflecting the musical form from which the emotions originate- from Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", the many songs of the Weavers, Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam", John Lennon's "Power To The People", and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?", just to name a few, one can see the incredible power of word and music. So too the tradition continues with RAP.
Heavily inspired by Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine's "Evil Empire" lets loose endless rounds of explosive indignation, but the band demonstrate very clearly that not all people will roll over and play dead when they are told to or remain silent out of fear of speaking up. Rage can rock you (Brad) and educate you (Zach)- kick you with the bass (Tim Bob)- pump your heart with the beat- and stretch your senses (Tom) as they bathe your soul in the truth. The message of each song on this CD stands as a testament to the subject at hand; while the music lingers long after- an explosive start with "People of the Sun", passing into Brad's fanatical drumming on "Bulls on Parade", continuing track after track to the Grammy award winning "Tire Me" and beyond through the "Year of the Boomerang."
The Parental Advisory sticker is the sign of parental barrier to free speech, but it is also an indication that the music on this CD is not business as usual. Zach, Tom, Tim Bob and Brad have done a great job, and their forthcoming release is long overdue. Let's hope the guys have the real spirit and dedication to keep us in line, but not burn-out and become solely another commercial commodity.
"If you don't take action now, you'll settle for nothing later"
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