The new album by Rage Against The Machine(Zach de la Rocha on vocals, Brad
Wilk on drums, Tom Morello on Guitar, and Y tim K on bass) is The Battle of Los
Angeles, the band's third offering. Rage has managed to produce some of their
best music to date. Fans will definitely not be disappointed. From top to
bottom, there is not a track to skip complying one of the best albums of this
The Battle of Los Angeles is filled with 12 funky, hard rocking,
politically charged tracks. Tracks "Ashes in the Fall" and "Sleep now in the
Fire" highlight Tom Morello's amazing guitar skills, producing sounds that are
"heavy and sonically funky." Morello uses every trick in the book and then
some(perfecting the sound of a DJ's Scratch by using his guitar will leave you
Zack de la Rocha has written the tightest and hardest
hitting lyrics to date. de la Rocha is able to poetically paint pictures of the
struggles of oppressed peoples everywhere and the revolution he hopes to bring
about. de la Rocha's topic range from the Media's blind and bias
reporting("Testify"), to religion ("Ashes in the Fall"), to Mumia's fight for
justice ("Voice of the Voiceless") to bringing the Raza together and starting a
revolution in the city of Angels("War within a Breath").
tracks are "Voice of the Voiceless" (Zach powerfully whispers to the powers that
be that "This little brother's watching you too"), the ballad-like "Maria" and
the perfectly blended styles of "Born of a Broken Man"(The drastic change of
tempo from slow and melodic to heavy and dark is just mind blowing).
Rage's hard rock/punk sound enhances Zack's furious raps, and makes the
music that much more powerful. This is also Rage's funkiest album. Credit Tim C.
and Brad Wilk with such funky rhythms that Rage's music has heads banging and
feet moving. Tracks Mic Check(a reggae-ish hip hop track done purely on
instruments) and Calm like a Bomb best illustrate the funky beats.
only bothersome issue of the album is that many fans might confuse "War without
a Face" from the Evil Empire album to "War within' a Breath". Also the hook from
"Vietnow" is similar to the hook in "Guerrilla Radio". A small insignificant
issue considering that the only similarity of the tracks are the titles and the
hooks, but the music and lyrics are definitely different.
album(theme and subject matter wise) that is also so musically brilliant is just
pure genius. The bands theme throughout the album is the call for unity and the
screams for action to be taken now against the oppressor. Rage continues the
struggle that no one else is willing to. The theme of the album is best summed
up in "Guerrilla Radio".
"It has to start somewhere, It has to start
sometime. What better place than here, What better time than now. All hell can't
stop us now."
With this musically and lyrically magnificent album,
nothing can stop them now.
Written by: Richard Montes