Evil Empire [Explicit]

April 16, 1996 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 16, 1996
  • Release Date: April 16, 1996
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 46:20
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  • ASIN: B004298TK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This was my favorite Rage album, one of the best albums in the 90s containing my favorite song by them, "Down Rodeo".
Brian Laskey
GET IT NOW If u have never heard of Rage Against The Machine but have been recomended this album ,buy this one and buy the first one and listen to the first one first.
RATM's second album is a very good effort actually, but it lack's that sort of consistent sound on their previous release.

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sophomore albums can be tricky, but the band only goes through a sophomore slump if their debut was a success. This was the case with Rage Against the Machine; their self-entitled, 1992 debut was a great one, so Rage had to be careful when it came time to write the new album. But great bands do great things, so "Evil Empire" was another great album.

RATM were a great band on several different levels. They formed to spread Zach de la Rocha's political message, but since they (especially guitarist Tom Morello) are such great musicians, the were capable of appealing to everybody, including those who didn't agree with their lyrics. That's how I became a fan, actually; I heard their songs on the radio and I thought they sounded awesome, so I picked up their C.D.'s. And only then did I start to pay attention to, contemplate and appreciate the lyrics.

But Zach and Tom were also great because they were so innovative and influential. Zach was about the first vocalist to meld rap and rock...but he sure wasn't the last. And, if you listen closely enough, you'll hear a lot of bands (bands from Limp Bizkit to Meshuggah) imitate Tom Morello's picking.

I believe Rage Against the Machine were a hard rock band because they were always inspired by something, and always pissed off. This may explain why Audioslave is almost an alternative metal band (they don't have as nearly as much anger to vent). And it's too bad Audioslave is quite a bit softer, because I think Tom was meant to play hard rock. It's also too bad that Rage disbanded, because, with recent events, I'm sure Zach de la Rocha would have plenty of things to write and rap about.

"People of the Sun" has a famous opening guitar riff and an unusually loud, beeping bass.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2003
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Say whatever you will about Rage Against the Machine's political agenda; whether it was dead on the money or misguided is up to the listener, but what can be agreed on is "Evil Empire", Rage's long awaited follow up to their groundbreaking self titled debut album, is a great headbanging album that displays the band's talents at they're full extents. Vocalist Zack De La Rocha can rap as furious as any hip hopper, and sounds better on here than he did on the self titled album. Guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commorford, and drummer Brad Wilk round out the rhythm section, all of which are fantastic musicians (although I liked Morello's solos better on the first album), and adrenaline charged songs like "People of the Sun", "Bulls on Parade", "Vietnow", and "Tire Me" are all great songs, maybe some of Rage's best, but "Evil Empire" is best listened to for the band itself, not any kind of political agenda. Eventually Zack would leave the band in 2000, and the rest of the band would form Audioslave with former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell; and Rage is sadly missed by their loyal following of fans. All in all, "Evil Empire" is a great album, but I suggest checking out Rage's debut first, an album that is more focused lyrically and musically than any other album in Rage's catalog.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ifutureman on July 27, 2005
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Many reviewers here suggest that RATM's first album was their best, but I disagree. In my opinion, the first album suffered from predictable riffs (actually a common problem with this band - they rely way too much on basic blues-scale riffs) and excessively trite, junior-high-civics level lyrics. YES, it was performed by first-rate musicians whose passion and energy rivaled that of any band on the planet! But at the end of the day... their debut was still not that inovative, aside from Tom Morello's guitar sound.

But with Evil Empire, Rage took a daring new approach: cut back (almost eliminate) any conventional guitar solo, and slow the groove a bit. The result is a collection of songs that have a much more unique sound. There is nothing on the debut that is as distinctive-sounding as "Wind Below"; "People of The Sun" and "Bulls On Parade" find Morello unleashing ever-more-insane guitar sounds, which perfectly suit the songs; and "Down Rodeo" features Zack at his most self-righteous, but he doesn't cross over into the kind of empty cliche-mongering that marred the debut.

Overall, this is the most unusual of Rage's three proper "albums." (Renegades should be considered apart from the three self-composed releases) They took the most chances, musically, and for this I consider it their finest hour.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By the sultan on May 22, 2005
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At first when I listened to the album, I was all in for the good riffs and the angrish rage. But I did not understand the meanings or their aim. If I kept this perspective, I would have blindly reviewed their material and commenting only on morello's guitar talent, or the potential this band could have, or zack's political rants. But, as I did some research over the meaning, and this is what I found on zack's site.

People of the Sun

This song was first written about the original California Chicano natives. But as the song developed more, the lyrics changed to focus on the Zapatista Movement in southern Mexico. The Zapatistas, an army of indigenous farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, launched an armed uprising on January 1, 1994.

Bulls on Parade

Bulls on Parade discusses the American structure of force -- from the armed forces to the C.I.A.


This song slams right wing AM radio shows such as "The G. Gordon Liddy Show", "Rush Limbaugh" and "The Laura Schleschinger Show". With completle media control, these programs are able to dominate airwaves with propaganda of the right. Fear is what controls those who listen to these programs.


Zack describes the horrific conditions of domestic violence u.


01 (Hugh Pouliot): The struggle and sorrow of being revolutionary.

02 (Phillip Lomax): A snakecharmer controls a snake and the song is about you being controled and used by people who say they are your friends, but these people are lying and dont want to know you when something new comes along example lyrics:- "Your friendship disapears when the wind re-directs!" This song could also point to you being used by your government!
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