Killing In The Name Of: The History of Rage against the Machine Staff Writer: Hannah Johnson

Rage Against the Machine, a band that almost everyone, If they aren’t lame, remembers. They totally made the 90s something special, with their funky bass lines, loud singing, and political lyrics that definitely were the icing on the cake. This American Rock band from Los Angeles, California are really the epitome of the rap rock genre, and although they are on a hiatus and will most likely remain that way the rest of their career, their fans are still dedicated to keeping them alive. “I really wish they would start touring again, they were absolutely amazing!” -Taylor Irvin, KSU Freshman.


Rage Against the Machine on stage giving the audience a show to remember.


Forming in 1991, the group consisted of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, famous guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. The group drew most of their inspiration from the heavy-metal genre, but also from hip-hop acts such as The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and Dutch Crossover. Rage is best known for their leftist and revolutionary political views that are expressed in many of their songs. As of the year 2010, it is recorded that the band had sold over 16 million records worldwide. “I really enjoyed their heavy-metal sounding music mixed with their almost rap-like vocals. They really hit me hard”. – Alice Balogh, mother, and lover of everything rock and roll.


Zach de la Rocha on stage singing


Back in 1992, Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled album which had become a commercial success, leading to them having a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza festival. In 2003, the album had ranked 368 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time. They did not end up releasing a follow up album until 1996, when they came out with Evil Empire. The third album, Battle of Los Angeles, followed that in 1999, where it ranked as 426 on the same list in 2003. “They were my favorite band back in the day, and although sometimes I didn’t 100% agree on their lyrics, I still loved all of their songs”. -Daryl Anderson, music enthusiast.


Rage Against the Machine showing off a victory pose after their successful show.


In 2000, Rage released their cover album Renegades. In the same year, the band had many growing tensions that resulted in de la Rocha to quit, thus leading to the bands departure. De la Rocha began his solo career, as the rest of the group created the group Audioslave with singer Chris Cornell from Soundgarden. They recorded three albums before disbanding in 2007. That same year, Rage Against the Machine announced a reunion and performed together for the first time in several years at the Coachella valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2007. Up until 2011, the group performed at more live venues and festivals around the world. In late 2016, Morello, Commerford, and Wilk formed the band Prophets of Rage, with Chuck D and B-Real.

** All Photos are from Creative Commons**

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