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The Battle of Los Angeles

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  • Rage Against The Machine, in only three albums, has achieved the balance they’ve needed. Previously, their heavy messages and their particularly heavy music have clashed, with one drowning out the other in about half of their songs.But “Battle” changes that. The music has much more variety than previous albums. “Calm Like a Bomb” has some ridiculous guitar work, as does “Voice of the Voiceless,” a call of the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal. “Sleep Now In The Fire,” the current single, is an almost straight-ahead rock tune, and pretty darn catchy.Tom Morello is in peak form on “Battle,” creating some insane sounds out of his guitars, such as the ‘guitarmonica’ solo on “Guerilla Radio” or some Tom-knows-what feedback on “Mic Check.” Lyricist Zach De La Rocha screams along with his music with feeling not found too often. Their bassist, under the mocking psuedonym “Y.tim.K” shows off his talent quite often, as does drummer Brad Wilk. Once again, RATM can make the claim that “All sounds [are] made by guitar, bass, drums, and vocals” only. Listen through this album and gasp at that achievement; it doesn’t sound like it came easily. Overall this album is a worthy addition to any Rage fan’s collection, and hopefully the thought-provoking messages and powerful music will draw in many new fans for such a deserving band.

    Posted on December 9, 2009