Friday, April 8, 2011
CD Review: Evil Empire, by Rage Against The Machine (1996)
A case of one song dominating an entire album, Bulls On Parade shines with such intensity that a long shadow is cast over almost everything else on Evil Empire, the second album by Rage Against The Machine.
The rest of the album, while rarely disappointing, understandably struggles to make much of an impact, Snakecharmer briefly perking up proceedings by unleashing a stripped down, power-hungry, bass-heavy monster. Otherwise there are a few too many fiddly guitar frolics, too much of De La Rocha spitting his political diatribes into the microphone, and not enough catchy material.
The empire may be evil, but it's those bulls rampaging through the parade that we remember best.
Zack De La Rocha - Vocals
Tom Morello - Guitars
Tim Commerford (credited as Tim Bob) - Bass
Brad Wilk - Drums
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. People Of The Sun - 9
2. Bulls On Parade - 10
3. Vietnow - 7
4. Revolver - 7
5. Snakecharmer - 8
6. Tire Me - 7
7. Down Rodeo - 7
8. Without A Face - 7
9. Wind Below - 6
10. Roll Right - 7
11. Year Of Tha Boomerang - 7
Produced by Brendan O'Brien. Mixed by Andy Wallace.
Recorded by Nick Dida. Mastered by Bob Ludwig.
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