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10 Best Rage Against the Machine Songs

Sony The best Rage Against the Machine songs showcase the band's unique ability to deftly mix rap and rock to deliver music of the most powerful kind: politically charged, pointed and with a purpose. Frontman Zack de la Rocha's venom and vitriol was wrapped around a message, and he was often seen performing maniacally, with his signature dreads flailing around his head, while Tom Morello's guitar functioned like a turntable, thanks to whammy bars and wah-wahs. The rhythm section of bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk added some bluesy and jazzy heft. All those factors combined were what made the music so explosive and incendiary. While RATM's catalog of studio albums isn't vast by any means, the superb quality of the music the band has produced is undeniable. Here, we present our picks of the 10 Best Rage Against the Machine Songs: ? 10 'Freedom' From: 'Rage Against the Machine' (1992) ? ? 'Freedom' closes out the band's debut album, and it's full of bluesed out, groovy riffing, chippy percussion, pulsing tension, a blunt theme, pregnant pauses and false outros, a jazzy breakdown (starts at 2:09) and mostly rapped lyrical delivery. The slowly builds to a monster breakdown and the moment when Zack de la Rocha screams, “Freedom? Yeah right!,” RATM have you in their musical vice grip. It's one of the 10 Best Rage Against the Machine songs because the music is as combustible as the message. It must've sucked to have been a politician when RATM were in their prime, pointing out all that ails the government machine. Listen to 'Freedom' ? ? 9 'Testify' From: 'The Battle of Los Angeles' (1999) ? ? 'Testify' features an effects-laden performance from Tom Morello, while Zack de la Rocha is as fired up as ever. There is a lot of distortion and chaos all over the song, so much so that it might mess with your equilibrium. The song encapsulates all the elements that Rage fan have come to love: anger, groove, aggressive, turntabling guitars. It's also clearly a band favorite, since they opened several of their reunion shows with the song. Listen to 'Testify' ? ? 8 'Bombtrack' From: 'Rage Against the Machine' (1992) ? ? It could be argued that all Rage Against the Machine tracks are bombtracks, but the actual (and literal) 'Bombtrack' is another exercise in RATM's deftness with rising and falling tension, which is executed with masterful precision. On a purely sonic level, it fuses just the right amount of rap and rock. It's probably the least overly political song of the band's self-titled debut, but it's still fun to scream “Burn, burn, yes you're gonna burn” in the chorus. Fire it up. Listen to 'Bombtrack' ? ? 7 'People of the Sun' From: 'Evil Empire' (1996) ? ? 'People of the Sun' is one of the 10 Best Rage Against the Machine tracks, partly due to the story that Morello dragged a pencil and a wrench against his guitar strings in the beginning to make those definitive sounds. We can't even begin to come up with a name for that sound, but it's inimitable. The song features de la Rocha largely rapping in his clear and concise way. There were other versions of this song floating around prior to 'Evil Empire' being released, but this is the most well known and it made quite the impact. Listen to 'People of the Sun' ? ? 6 'Sleep Now in the Fire' From: 'The Battle of Los Angeles' (1999) ? ? 'Sleep Now in the Fire' addresses the plight of Native Americans in the context of American colonialism. The point is hammered home by de la Rocha's rapid-fire raps, and since his syntax and diction are always clear as a bell, it's hard (but not impossible) to ignore what he's ranting about. Morello drops a feedback-fueled solo and it again leaves us wondering if he moonlighted as DJ Tommy M during the band's heyday. Listen to 'Sleep Now in the Fire' ? ? 5 'Know Your Enemy' From: 'Rage Against the Machine' (1992) ? ? 'Know Your Enemy' opens with funkdafied riffing, before quickly escalating into a punky rock track. Some of Morello's riffage sounds influenced by Metallica in a few parts of the song. It's one of the most noteworthy RATM songs because it features a guest vocal from Tool's Maynard James Keenan, who delivers his distinct, nasally vocal over a chunky breakdown, singing “I've got no patience no / So sick of complacence now.” Two '90s alt metal titans collided in the space of one song. “Legendary” pretty much sums it up. Listen to 'Know Your Enemy' ? ? 4 'Bulls on Parade' From: 'Evil Empire' (1996) ? ? Lyrically, 'Bulls on Parade' addresses the governments usage of military contracts for revenue purposes. Musically, well, Morello whammies like his life depends on it. Then there's the solo (which comes in at the 2:30 mark), where he sounds like he is scratching vinyl, 1985 rap music style. See what we mean about Morello making his axe sound like a turntable? That sound is most prominent on 'Bulls on Parade,' and that's why it is a standout track. Listen to 'Bulls on Parade' ? ? 3 'Bullet in the Head' From: 'Rage Against the Machine' (1992) ? ? Rage Against the Machine raged against the fact that the media is controlled by the government in this fan favorite anthem, easily one of the band's best songs. 'Bullet in the Head' is erected on thudding rhythms, rising and falling tension throughout the song and more of Morello's whammy barring away. It sounds like he is playing a sampler onstage. In 1992, that was unheard of. Take that, Electonic Dance Music fans! The groove-laden breakdown at three minutes in a moshpit igniter. De la Rocha also gets credit for screaming “a bullet in your f—ing head” with such fervor that our blood pressure went up a few notches. Listen to 'Bullet in the Head' ? ? 2 'Guerilla Radio' From: 'The Battle of Los Angeles' (1999) ? ? 'Guerilla Radio,' which earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, is more polished than anything on their debut, but it's still frontloaded with chaos, wah-wahs, some '70s bass thwap courtesy of Commerford and Morello's “spinning.” When Zack de la Rocha barks, “Turn that s— up,” the listener is compelled to follow his orders…stat. And damn if Morello's riffing doesn't sound like a MacBook at 2:30 in. He was so ahead of his time and ahead of the curve. Listen to 'Guerilla Radio' ? ? 1 'Killing in the Name' From: 'Rage Against the Machine' (1992) ? ? 'Killing in the Name' is the most explosive RATM song. It's funky, bass-driven opening, it's subsequent build up of tension throughout the verses and choruses, de la Rocha's repeated whispering, “Now you do what they told ya” to Morello's wailing during the 'F— you I won't do what you tell me' crescendo embodies everything that RATM were about. It's not pretty, the music blows up in your face like a nailbomb and makes you stare down things that are difficult. You don't need to see it live to know de la Rocha's veins in his temples are bulging when he spews those lyrics best accompanied by a middle finger salute. That's why 'Killing in the Name' tops our list of the best Rage Against the Machine songs. Listen to 'Killing in the Name' ? ? Favorite Rage Against the Machine Song? Now that you've gone through and combed our 10 Best Rage Against the Machine Songs list, how about you tell us your thoughts. Agree? Disagree? Is there anything we left off, of which you feel you can argue a strong case for inclusion? 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Slash to Release 3-Disc Special Edition of ‘Apocalyptic Love’

Photo by Robert John Originally released in May of this year, ‘ Apocalyptic Love ‘ from  Slash featuring  Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will see a special enhanced edition released in time for the holidays. The three-disc version will be available Nov. 19 exclusively at Best Buy. In addition to the 15-track version of the album that includes bonus tracks ‘Crazy Life’ and ‘Carolina,’ there are also eight unreleased acoustic tracks from the group’s Guitar Center sessions including Velvet Revolver’s ‘Fall to Pieces’ and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ The third disc is the DVD ‘Live From NY,’ which was filmed at Irving Plaza in New York City (click the button at the bottom of this post to read our review of that show). A collectible guitar pick tin also comes with the special enhanced edition. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ has now spawned two No. 1 rock radio singles. After the debut single ‘You’re A Lie’ marked Slash’s first-ever rock radio chart-topper as a solo act, the follow-up ‘Standing in the Sun’ has also reached the top spot. A different special edition of the album will be released in Europe on Dec. 3. It includes the ‘Apocalyptic Love’ CD and ‘Live From NY’ DVD along with DVD and CD editions of the band’s ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11.’ Currently in the midst of a world tour , Slash and company will play a show in Uruguay on Nov. 13 and are also slated to play in Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico before returning to the U.S. to play Los Angeles on Dec. 2, making up a date that was missed in October when singer Myles Kennedy was ill . Dec. 8 in Miami is the band’s last scheduled tour date for 2012. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ Special Edition Track Listing ‘Apocalyptic Love’ ‘One Last Thrill’ ‘Standing in the Sun’ ‘You’re a Lie’ ‘No More Heroes’ ‘Halo’ ‘We Will Roam’ ‘Anastasia’ ‘Not for Me’ ‘Bad Rain’ ‘Hard & Fast’ ‘Far and Away’ ‘Shots Fired’ ‘Carolina’ ‘Crazy Life’ ‘Live At Guitar Center’ Acoustic CD ‘Beggars and Hangers On’ ‘Back From Cali’ ‘Civil War’ ‘Fall to Pieces’ ‘Far and Away’ ‘Starlight’ ‘Not For Me’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ ‘Live From NY Concert at Irving Plaza’ DVD ‘Mean Bone’ ‘Dirty Little Thing’ ‘One Last Thrill’ ‘Back From Cali’ ‘Ghost’ ‘Standing In The Sun’ ‘Doctor Alibi’ ‘Speed Parade’ ‘Apocalyptic Love’ ‘Watch This’ ‘Starlight’ ‘Just Like Anything’ ‘Halo’ ‘You’re A Lie’ ‘Slither’ ‘By The Sword’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/slash-feat-myles-kennedy-the-conspirators-bring-apocalyptic-love-to-new-york-city/” title=”Slash Rocks NYC’s Irving Plaza – Review + Photo Gallery” align=”center”]

Rage Against the Machine to Release 20th Anniversary Editions of Self-Titled Debut Album

Sony Legacy Rage Against the Machine and Sony Legacy are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut in a big, big way with the incredibly deluxe release ‘Rage Against the Machine –XX,’ which will be available in several configurations on Nov. 27. The politically charged 1992 album, which meshed rap and rock in a fresh, uncompromising way that has not been adequately copied since, fused Zack de la Rocha’s fire-in-his-belly lyrical proclamations with Tom Morello’s unique, sounds-like-a-turntable guitar tone. The incendiary, call-to-arms original was released in November of 1992 and the time to celebrate its power and legacy is now. ‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ is newly remastered and will be offered in three formulations: -The 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set houses two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster. -The 20th Anniversary Special Edition collects two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack. -The 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc includes three bonus tracks. Additionally, a 12″ 180gm vinyl edition–a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction–of the original LP has been remastered and will be available, sans bonus tracks. Compact Disc One of the newly remastered ‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ will include the original album in its entirety, as well as three collectible b-sides from the era. Compact Disc Two presents the original Rage Against the Machine demo tape, which was recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at the band’s earliest gigs. So it’s quite an artifact and a piece of RATM history, a “must own” for collectors, since it helped the band secure its record deal with Epic. This marks the first time the entire demo tapes have seen a full official release. DVD #1 included in the Deluxe Box Set features Rage Against the Machine’s free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, which was a “thank you” to U.K. fans for making ‘Killing in the Name’ the U.K.’s No. 1 single during Christmas Week 2009. Also included are music videos plus live concert performance clips. DVD #2 features Rage’s debut album, focusing on live performance from 1991-1994 and includes the full set of RATM’s first public performance as well as various live, rare clips. New liner notes were penned specifically for this release by friend, fan and hip-hop icon Chuck D. of Public Enemy. If you’ve got a RATM diehard in your life, your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier. CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered 01. Bombtrack 02. Killing In The Name 03. Take The Power Back 04. Settle For Nothing 05. Bullet In The Head 06. Know Your Enemy 07. Wake Up 08. Fistful Of Steel 09. Township Rebellion 10. Freedom Bonus Tracks (b-sides) 11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single) 12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single) 13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single) CD 2 – ‘The Original Demos’ – first official commercial release (except where noted) 01. Bombtrack 02. Take The Power Back 03. Bullet in the Head 04. Darkness of Greed (previously released) 05. Clear the Lane (previously released) 06. Township Rebellion 07. Know Your Enemy 08. Mindset’s A Threat 09. Killing In The Name 10. Auto Logic 11. The Narrows 12. Freedom DVD #1 ‘The Battle of Britain’ – previously unreleased FINSBURY PARK, LONDON ENGLAND (JUNE 6, 2010) 1. Testify 2. Bombtrack 3. People Of The Sun 4. Know Your Enemy 5. Bulls On Parade 6. Township Rebellion 7. Bullet In The Head 8. White Riot 9. Guerrilla Radio 10. Sleep Now In The Fire 11. Freedom 12. Killing In The Name MUSIC VIDEOS “Killing in the Name” (1992) “Bullet in the Head” (1993) “Bombtrack” (1993) “Freedom” (1993) “Bulls on Parade” (1996) “People of the Sun” (1996) “No Shelter” (1998) “Guerrilla Radio” (1999) “Sleep Now in the Fire” (2000) – first official commercial release “Testify” (2000) – first official commercial release “Renegades of Funk” (2000) – first official commercial release “How I Could Just Kill a Man” (2000) – previously unreleased LIVE MATERIAL FROM 1997 VIDEO COMPILATION – first time on DVD “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” “Vietnow” – Irvine, CA – 1997 “People Of The Sun” “Bulls On Parade” “Bullet In The Head” “Zapata’s Blood” – Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany – 1996 “Know Your Enemy” “Bombtrack” “Tire Me” – Reading Festival 1996 “Killing In The Name” – Pink Pop Festival – 1994 DVD #2 – all previously unreleased “First Public Performance” CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE, CA (OCTOBER 23, 1991) 1. Killing In The Name 2. Take The Power Back 3. Autologic 4. Bullet In The Head 5. Hit The Deck 6. Township Rebellion 7. Darkness Of Greed 8. Clear The Lane 9. Clampdown 10. Know Your Enemy 11. Freedom PINK POP 1994 – “Freedom” VIC THEATRE 1993 – “Take the Power Back” JC DOBBS 1993 – “Fistful of Steel” SOUNDSTAGE PERFORMANCE 1992 – “Bombtrack” Halfway House 1992 – “Wake Up” Castaic 1992 – “Settle for Nothing” San Luis Obispo 1992 – “Clear the Lane” CWNN 1992 – “Untitled” Zed’s Records 1992 – “Darkness of Greed” NOMADS 1992 – “Wake Up” II. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition) Oversized softpack CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered 01. Bombtrack 02. Killing In The Name 03. Take The Power Back 04. Settle For Nothing 05. Bullet In The Head 06. Know Your Enemy 07. Wake Up 08. Fistful Of Steel 09. Township Rebellion 10. Freedom Bonus Tracks (b-sides) 11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single) 12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single) 13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single) CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted) 01. Bombtrack 02. Take The Power Back 03. Bullet in the Head 04. Darkness of Greed (previously released) 05. Clear the Lane (previously released) 06. Township Rebellion 07. Know Your Enemy 08. Mindset’s A Threat 09. Killing In The Name 10. Auto Logic 11. The Narrows 12. Freedom Bonus DVD: Music Videos: Killing In The Name Bombtrack Freedom Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre) – previously unreleased Bombtrack (Soundstage performance) – previously unreleased Wake Up (Nomads) – previously unreleased III. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition) Jewel Case CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered 01. Bombtrack 02. Killing In The Name 03. Take The Power Back 04. Settle For Nothing 05. Bullet In The Head 06. Know Your Enemy 07. Wake Up 08. Fistful Of Steel 09. Township Rebellion 10. Freedom Bonus Tracks (b-sides) 11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single) 12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single) 13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

Slash to Release Limited-Edition Deluxe Four-Disc Box Set

Eagle Rock Slash fans in the U.K. and Europe are in for a special treat this winter when a limited run of a new deluxe packaged Slash CD/DVD box sets will hit the market on Dec. 3. The special set includes the ‘Made In Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD where Slash rocks out some of his best solo tunes combined with songs from the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver catalog in addition to a single CD edit of the concert. The set also includes Slash’s latest studio release ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ and his previously unreleased DVD, ‘Live From New York.’ The four-disc set will come packaged with a 60-page hardcover book sporting many previously unreleased photos of the top-hatted one. Fans in the U.S. hoping to score a copy of the box set will have a small window of opportunity as well. SlashOnline will have a handful of imports but supplies will be limited. Slash is currently winding down his North American touring, with a show in Springfield, Mo. tonight, and performances in Oakland and Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday before jetting off to Europe and South America for a majority of the remainder of the year. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/slash-animated-video-bad-rain/” title=”Next: Slash Reveals Animated ‘Bad Rain’ Video” align=”center”] View the full track listing for all four discs below: Disc One: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Nightrain’ 3. ‘Ghost’ 4. ‘Mean Bone’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Rocket Queen’ 7. ‘Civil War’ 8. ‘Nothing to Say’ 9. ‘Starlight’ 10. ‘Promise’ 11. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 12. Speed Parade 13. ‘Watch This’ 14. ‘Beggars & Hangers On’ 15. ‘Patience’ 16. ‘Godfather Solo’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Mr. Brownstone’ 21. ‘Paradise City’ Bonus Features: Interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy and Uncle Ian Disc Two: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11′ CD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Ghost’ 3. ‘Mean Bone’ 4. ‘Back From Cali’ 5. ‘Starlight’ 6. ‘Promise’ 7. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 8. ‘Speed Parade’ 9. ‘Watch This’ 10. ‘Patience’ 11. ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ 12. ‘Slither’ 13.’By the Sword’ 14. ‘Paradise City’ Disc Three: ‘Apocalyptic Love’ CD 1. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 2. ‘One Last Thrill’ 3. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 4. ‘You’re a Lie’ 5. ‘No More Heroes’ 6. ‘Halo’ 7. ‘We Will Roam’ 8. ‘Anastasia’ 9. ‘Not for Me’ 10. ‘Bad Rain’ 11. ‘Hard & Fast’ 12. ‘Far and Away’ 13. ‘Shots Fired’ Disc Four: ‘Live From New York’ DVD 1. ‘Mean Bone’ 2. ‘Dirty Little Thing’ 3. ‘Nightrain’ 4. ‘One Last Thrill’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Ghost’ 7. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 8. ‘Rocket Queen’ 9. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 10. ‘Speed Parade’ 11. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 12. ‘Watch This’ 13. ‘Starlight’ 14. ‘Just Like Anything’ 15. ‘Halo’ 16.’ You’re a Lie’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Paradise City’

Dead Sara vs. Call Me No One – Cage Match

Dead Sara continue on the road to victory after beating out Kyng in the last Cage Match; will they be able to do it again? Call Me No One shake things up with their latest single ‘Thunderbird’ off of their debut album, ‘Last Parade.’ The band, which is made up of Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist Clint Lowery, recently wrapped a a handful of dates but they’re bound to

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