Few bands are as sonically and thematically unique as Rage Against the Machine, whose politically infused rap-metal helped them rise to the top in the ’90s. career, but they were all powerful nonetheless. Which is better, though? That’s what we want to hear from you this week Wired Nights Poll on the album of the week.
You will have until Friday at 12 N ET to vote. We will then play the three songs from the album with the most votes during Wired Nights‘ Album of the week block to start the following Monday’s show!
Rap-rock and rap-metal existed before Rage Against the Machine, but they helped make it its own genre. Funky beats combined with powerful instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics set them apart from other artists attempting rap fusions at the time, and their 1992 self-titled debut album was an extremely strong initial statement – especially because ‘it came out the same day that the presidential election of the year was held in the United States
It didn’t take long for Rage to top the charts. Their debut was a success, but those of 1996 evil empire earned them their first No. 1 album, featuring songs such as “People of the Sun”, “Bulls on Parade”, and “Down Rodeo”. The rockers followed suit with their third and perhaps best-known record, 1999’s The Battle of Los Angeles. For the sake of keeping the poll only on original Rage material, the 2000s renegades was omitted, as it consists only of repeats.
Head below to vote for your favorite Rage Against the Machine album, then tune in Wired Nights next Monday at 7 p.m. ET to find out which record prevailed. During tonight’s show, you’ll find out which Judas Priest album was voted best and hear three songs from the winner.
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