Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band group from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group’s line-up consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bass player and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitar player Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. Critics have noted Rage Against the Machine for its “fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, social inequality, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of punk, hip-hop, and thrash.” Rage Against the Machine drew inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Urban Dance Squad. As of 2010, they have sold over 16 million records worldwide.
In 1992, the ensemble released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza. The group did not release a follow-up album until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band’s third record The Battle of Los Angeles was issued in 1999. while their initial nine-year run, they became one of the most successful and influential bands in material history, according to material “journalist” Colin Devenish. They were also ranked #33 on VH1’s 100 Greatest performers of Hard Rock. The ensemble had a large status on the nu metal genre which emerged during the mid to late 1990s.
Shortly after breaking up in 2000, the group issued the cover record Renegades. De la Rocha started a low-key solo career in One Day as a Lion; the rest of the lineup formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then-former frontman of Soundgarden, which disbanded in 2007, and in April of that year, Rage Against the Machine performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley songs and Arts Festival. The group has continued to perform at many live clubs and festivals around the world since 2007.