2 November 2019
20 years ago today, on 2 November 1999, metallic rap rock legends RAGE AGAINST
THE MACHINE released their third LP called ‘THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES’. A volcanic powerhouse, a ferocious protest manifesto, an injustice attacking rock monster, a non-stop verbal and sonic explosion that went straight to No 1 on the US Albums Chart. Both Time and Rolling Stone Magazine named it the best album of 1999.
Rolling Stone wrote: “Rage Against the Machine are pushing an agenda as strong as any religion’s, and its argument hinges on a specific rhetorical style. ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’ offers no change lyrically from Rage’s two previous albums: There are no love songs, just abused altar boys; no cries of alienation, just calls to arms for peasant Mexican rebels. The fact that music about events so removed from the lives of most American teens (even by analogy) has become immensely successful speaks to Rage’s preaching style: They come armed not with a sword but with a microphone… With The Battle of Los Angeles, they’ve managed to win a war within — one in which the band’s notoriously feuding members have come together to produce a sound that’s not quite louder than a bomb but that’s definitely as loud as Led Zeppelin II.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5
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