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->''"Some of those that work forces''\\
''Are the same that burn crosses''\\
''Some of those that burn crosses''\\
''Are the same that hold office"''
-->-- "Killing in the Name", from their self-titled debut

'''Rage Against The Machine''' is a staunchly left-wing RapMetal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1991. Despite the band's anti-corporate viewpoint, they are [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan signed to Epic Records]], a major label owned by Sony. According to the band, it was a way to get the message out to a larger audience. Of course, considering the band's wide variety of appearances in corporate media, [[TwoFacedAside like the MTV Awards, and collaborations with]] {{Glam Rap}}pers, it doesn't really help their case very much.

The band was on hiatus from 2000 to 2007, during which time the band members sans singer Zack De La Rocha formed the band Music/{{Audioslave}} with Music/{{Soundgarden}} vocalist Chris Cornell. Audioslave disbanded in 2007, and RATM reunited for a show in Coachella festival, and have since toured to some extent.

The band is well known for the political activism, and the liner notes usually include contact information to various organizations the band supports. They have also played at large protests, and once, when playing on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (in an episode hosted by buttoned-down Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes), displayed the American Flag upside down, until stagehands came and pulled them down.

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"Guilty Parties":
* Zack De La Rocha - vocals
* Tom Morello - guitar
* Tim Commerford - bass
* Brad Wilk - drums

Rage Against The Machine has released four albums:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Rage Against The Machine]]'' (1992)
* ''Evil Empire'' (1996)
* ''The Battle Of Los Angeles'' (1999)
* ''Renegades'' (2000) a collection of cover versions of other bands' songs.

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!!Tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Zack de la Rocha, after his father's mental breakdown. The latter is referenced in "Born of a Broken Man", off of ''The Battle of Los Angeles''.
* AlternativeMetal
* {{Angrish}}: The language most songs are performed in.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Arguably "Killing in the Name".
* AuthorTract: The liner notes. Zack de la Rocha's lyrics.
* BadassBeard: Zack De La Rocha.
* BaldOfAwesome: Tom Morello.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Music/{{Audioslave}}. Kind-of.
* BrokenRecord: See below.
* ClusterFBomb: "Killing in the Name":
-->''Fuck you I won't do what you tell me'' x 16 (first 4x murmuring, next 4x in a crescendo, and the last 8x shouting out loud)
-->''[[AtomicFBomb Motherfuckaaaaaaaaa]]!!!''
* ConspiracyTheorist: The "machine" you should be raging against. They do specifically refer to the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
* CoolOldLady: Tom Morello's mother. She's basically the anti-Tipper Gore, starting an organization called "Parents for Rock and Rap". One of the band's live [=DVDs=] even features her introducing her son's band as "the best band in the fucking universe"!
* CoverVersion: An entire album of them. ''Renegades'' is a collection of covers. They have also covered [[Music/{{NWA}} "Fuck tha Police"]], [[Music/PublicEnemy "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"]] and [[Music/BruceSpringsteen "The Ghost of Tom Joad"]]. At live shows they sometimes play White Riot by Music/TheClash.
* CursedWithAwesome: One of the reasons that their music is so good is because of how seriously they take it, and how seriously they took their music was one of the things that caused their breakup.
* FunkMetal
* HotBlooded: They are a very, very passionate band.
* IsntItIronic: "No Shelter" was used on the Godzilla soundtrack because Sony noticed that they mention the great lizard by name. What Sony failed to notice is that they call it "pure motherfucking filler" and that the whole song was about slick American advertising disguising real suffering. Furthermore, "No Shelter" has the line "Make you think what you need is what they sellin'/Make you think that buyin' is rebellin'"
** Also, in the 2009 U.K Xmas No.1 race, when Rage's "Killing In The Name" went up against ''The X Factor'''s Joe's, "The Climb", there was qute a bit of {{Irony}} as there was a successful Internet campaign instructing anti-''X Factor'' fans to buy the song. In addition to the above anti-consumerism lyric from "No Shelter", "Killing In The Name" clearly has the lyrics, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"
** In addition, RushLimbaugh played "Sleep Now in the Fire" on his radio show once. Tom Morello was not pleased.
** Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican candidate for Vice President, [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/us/politics/family-faith-and-politics-describe-life-of-paul-ryan.html claimed]] that Rage was one of his favorite bands. [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-paul-ryan-is-the-embodiment-of-the-machine-our-music-rages-against-20120816 This also displeased Tom Morello]].
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Tom Morello is a Harvard graduate with a Political Science degree.
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: Tom Morello once supported himself by dancing. Exotically.
* LaResistance: Many songs were dedicated to various leftist guerrilla groups in Latin America, most notably EZLN, aka. the Zapatistas, whose red-star-on-black-background logo can be found on the arm of Zack in the article image.
* LoudnessWar: ''Renegades'' is turned up so loud it audibly distorts through most of the record.
* MaleFrontalNudity: (In)Famously at Lollapalooza to protest the [[MoralGuardians PMRC]], you can see them [[http://www.velvetland.org/music/MUSES/Rage_Against_The_Machine/lollapalooza.jpg here]].
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: An anti-corporate band signed to Epic Records.
* MetalScream: When Zack de la Rocha isn't rapping. Generally happens towards the end of songs, when a single line is repeated over and over again. Examples, aside from "Killing in the Name", include "Wake Up", "Freedom", "Down Rodeo" and "Bullet in the Head".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6-7
* OneOfUs: Tom Morello is a fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and even made a cameo appearance in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''. And again in ''IronMan'' when he raged against Stark's Mark 1 suit. He's also an avid DungeonsAndDragons player.
* PoliticalRap: Zack De La Rocha's rapping.
* PerformanceVideo: Several include snippets, but "Sleep Now In The Fire" deserves an honorary mention, with the band playing on the steps of Federal Hall. Without a permit. Said music video, incidentally, was directed by MichaelMoore.
* ProtestSong: The whole discography, to varying degrees of specificity.
* RapMetal[=/=]RapRock[=/=]PunkRap: TropeCodifier alongside Music/{{Anthrax}}.
* SanitySlippageSong: Possibly "Settle for Nothing", judging by the lyrics. "Born of a Broken Man" is also based on Zack's father's SanitySlippage.
* ShoutOut: Several, perhaps most obviously to Creator/GeorgeOrwell. "Testify", for example, lifts the famous quote "Who controls the past now controls the future; who controls the present now controls the past" from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
* SpellingSong: "Know Your Enemy", "Mic Check". Also arguably "Microphone Fiend", however this is a cover song so it doesn't truly count.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Settle for Nothing", "Born of a Broken Man". "Wake Up" also has a spoken-word bridge, where Zack explains the FBI's COINTELPRO conspiracy. The words dissolve into nigh-incomprehensibility before the guitars suddenly turn up again and Zack starts screaming "WAKE UP!!!"
* SubduedSection: In a couple of songs.
* TakeThat: Infectious Grooves did a good one towards RATM, called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8l2UtJ83I4 Do What I Tell Ya]]".
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Know Your Enemy". Although most of the chorus is taken up by Morello's admittedly awesome riff, the actual vocal bits just consist of the one line from de la Rocha, which is of course...
* TitledAfterTheSong: "Rage Against the Machine" was the name of a song (and EP) by Zack de la Rocha's previous band, the punk outfit Inside Out.
* TropeNamer: Rage Against The X is a popular trope name on this wiki.
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