RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (1991–2000, 2007–PRESENT). Zack de la Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass), Brad Wilk (drums).
Despite the limited amount of time that Rage Against the Machine was around during their limited life span, the band was enormously influential and their combination of hip-hop sound effects (all created by Tom Morello’s guitar, along with the maniac screeching and rapping of frontman Zack De La Rocha) created a new sound that made the heavy styling of bands such as Limp Bizkit look as punchless as an Air Supply record. However, it was never clear how the band could “rage” against a machine while signed to a major label, and despite plenty of leftist talk (support of Mumia, the Zapatistas), it seemed that after a while, the band spent more time fighting themselves than they did the machine. Although their two “proper” records had some great singles on them—“Killing in the Name of” and “Bulls on Parade” are two sonically stunning songs—they couldn’t seem to keep to a regular recording session, and in their original incarnation came out with only two proper albums, plus a live record and a record of covers. The band went on hiatus in 2000 and Morello, Commerford, and Wilk formed Audioslave with Chris Cornell from Soundgarden. When that band petered out, Rage got back together in 2007 but has yet to release new material.
Discography: Rage Against the Machine (Epic, 1992); Evil Empire (Epic, 1996); The Battle of Los Angeles (Epic, 1999); Renegades (Epic, 2000); Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (Epic, 2003).