You first heard Rage Against the machine and like anything else enjoyed the riffs and vocals before you actually started processing it. If you were really starting to dig their sound, you started singing along. Then their messages reached you. They brought with them disturbing social realities to music. Their anti-fascist and anti-capitalist lyrics reigned over the radio and gained tons of impressionable followers. Their fan base is modest compared to other mainstream artists, but did not just deliver an ignorant dose of happy melodic lyrics. R.A.T.M bombarded the music scene with an often graphic perspective. Although not always pretty, it was inspiring for many.
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Many newer bands have attempted to take on where Rage Against the Machine left off. More conscience line of rock groups emerged. Many past musicians have danced around political issues with songs where the meaning was too be interpreted by the listener. But Rage Against the Machine did not beat around the “BUSH” with their words. They verbally assaulted it with the help of very openly hostile videos directed by none other than Michael Moore.
The band broke up in 2000. Zack de la Rocha went on to do solo projects while the rest of the band joined Soundgarden’s, former lead singer Chris Cornell to form Audioslave. The band reunited in 2007. Although they continued touring through 2008 and 2009 they declined any rumors of recording a new album. Zack De La Rocha, who is well known for his activism and progressive views, along with former drummer for The Mars Volta, John Theodore released a 5 song self- titled LP under their band name One Day as a Lion. One day as a Lion sold 17,000 copies in its first week released. The band’s name was inspired by a slogan,” better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.”
Although Rage Against the Machine has been touring they are not looking to put out any new albums. Interviews with Zack De La Rocha lay the possibility to rest. He makes it clear that he is content and looking forward to putting out a full length LP with One Day as A Lion. Audioslave went on to make groundbreaking progress. Audioslave, consisting of Tom Morello, Chris Cornell, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, went on to be the first band to ever play open air in Cuba. After 3 very successful albums and 3 Grammy nominations Audioslave broke up in 2007.
In July of 2015 Tom Morello appeared in Tim Commerford’s video Voodoo. Voodoo is aimed at exposing the state of the U.S’s healthcare system. In September of 2015, R.A.T.M released “Live At Finsbury Park” which is a compilation album including “People of the Sun”, Bulls on Parade, “Killing in the name” and much more.
Rage Against the Machine members Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilkand and, Public Enemy’s rapper Chuck D, and DJ Lord, and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill went on to form Prophets of Rage in 2016.
Prophets Of Rage combines the sonic firepower of. Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. An EP The Party’s Over was released on August 19, 2016.There is a “Make the World Rage Again” tour scheduled for 2017.Prophets of Rage performed during The Republican Convention. For a review Read the New York Times Article Prophets of Rage Bring Their Anger to the Republican Convention.
They currently have a new album out.
Right now they are eligible to be inserted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can cast one vote daily up until Dec 5, 2017.
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