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Saturday, 25 February 2012

25. Rage Against the Machine - Know your Enemy

Rage Against the Machine are like the American equivalent of New Model Army; anti-establishment, no compromising, political rock animals. And very few bands rock harder than Rage. I'd go as far as saying the first album was one of the top five rock albums ever made by anyone ever. It's like the music that the 'Lone Gunmen' out of the X-Files would make if they could play instruments and that can only be a good thing.

This all goes to show that the incorporation of an 'irritant' in any group is a good thing, or as it has come to be known, 'The Einar Effect'. Just as the Sugarcubes proved that they were brilliant with the irritating Einar in the group and infinitely better than a solo Bjork. The same predicament was reflected in the Rage situation where the initially irritating fraggle-rapper Zack de la Rocha was given the boot from the band to form Audioslave. What a mistake. Audioslave were boring stadium rockers where Rage Against the Machine's fusion of rock with manic rapping/shouting/swearing proved legendary.

'Know Your Enemy' is a typical storming riff-a-thon with Zack providing the trademark nasal political agit-rap and swearing and shouting 'Come On!' and 'Yeah!' a lot. It just got the nod over the 'Killing in the Name' because of its Christmas Number 1 status.

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