Few bands are as unique both sonically and thematically as Rage Against the Machine, whose political-infused rap-metal helped them rise to the top during the ’90s. They only released a couple of albums during their career, but they were all powerful nonetheless. Which is the best, though? That’s what we want to hear from you during this week’s Loudwire Nights Album of the Week poll.
You’ll have until Friday at 12N ET to cast your votes. We’ll then play the three tracks from the album with the most votes during Loudwire Nights‘ Album of the Week block to start the following Monday’s show!
Rap-rock and rap-metal existed prior to Rage Against the Machine, but they were responsible for helping to turn it into its own genre. Funky beats combined with powerful instrumentation and socially-conscious lyrics made them stand out against other artists attempting rap-fusions at the time, and their 1992 self-titled debut album was an extremely strong initial statement — especially because it was released the same day that year’s presidential election took place in the U.S.
It didn’t take long for Rage to become chart-toppers. Their debut was successful, but 1996’s Evil Empire earned them their first No. 1 album, with songs such as “People of the Sun,” “Bulls on Parade” and “Down Rodeo.” The rockers followed suit with their third and perhaps most well-known record, 1999’s The Battle of Los Angeles. For the sake of keeping the poll only to Rage’s own original material, 2000’s Renegades has been omitted, as it consists solely of cover songs.
Head below to vote for your favorite Rage Against the Machine album, then tune into Loudwire Nights next Monday at 7PM ET to find out which record prevailed. During tonight’s show, you’ll get to find out which Judas Priest album was voted the best, and hear three songs from the winner.
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