Rage Against The Machine Biography
Alternative-Metal group formed in Los Angeles, California USA, in 1991, with Zach de la Rocha on vocals, Tom Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on bass and Brad Wilk on drums. They emerged as a socialist band and their protest music is a fusion of Metal Punk and Hip Hop.
The band first public performance, was in Orange County; followed in
1992 a self-released, 12-song cassette, the tape won the band a deal with
Epic and before the year's end, they released their self-titled debut
album which hit #45 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and by the time was
certified double platinum for sales of more than 2 million copies; the
album was also certified platinum in Canada, U.K. and in many other European
After a string of benefit concerts, co-headlining tours with House Of Pain and Cypress Hill, the quartet re-emerged with its second effort, "Evil Empire", in the spring of 1996, the record shot to #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and in fall 1997 was certified double platinum; its lead single, "Bulls On Parade", peaked at #11 on Modern Rock chart and "Tire Me" won their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
In late 1997 the band released the self-titled VHS-video set which collected concert footage, non-album songs and uncensored versions of music videos as well as a bonus studio-CD single with the rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad", the track entered the top 40 of the Billboard's Rock charts.
The following year, Rage recorded a new song for the soundtrack of the film "Godzilla", "No Shelter" hit the top 30 of The Modern Rock Tracks chart.
The group followed up with 1999's "The Battle Of Los Angeles", their third studio-album went straight to #1 on The Billboard 200 chart, its main single "Guerrilla Radio", after reached #6 on The Modern Rock chart, won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 43rd Grammy Awards; another single off of the CD, "Sleep Now In The Fire", became a Modern Rock top 10 hit.
They charted again in late summer of 2000 with the CD-single "Testify" which reached the #16 on Modern Rock list.
When Zach de la Rocha announced his departure from the band, later that year, the rest of Rage issued the covers album "Renegades", the set reached the #14 in U.S. Top 200 chart and spawned the Modern Rock top 10 hit "Renegades Of Funk"; a second single cut, "How I Could Just Kill A Man", made top 40 in the same chart.
The next year, Morello, Wilk, and Commerford with former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell started the supergroup Audioslave.