To my mind this was a very clever move by Zack and co.; they knew that even they could not recreate the absolute genius of their self-titled debut, and so tried something subtly different with the clichédly "difficult" second album. Unfortunately this led to a less accessible record than its predecessor, and as such a less popular one. For this reason, Evil Empire is one of the most underrated albums of the 90s; its comercial success was nowhere near that of RATM, but it contains many great songs, some of which are now hailed as being among their best work; People of the Sun, Bulls on Parade, Vietnow and Revolver most prominently. However, I am also extremely keen on Snakecharmer and Down Rodeo. One way in which this album does actually outdo its illustrious predecessor is in terms of baselines; Timmy C's bass seems much more independant to the songs than it did before, and all in all the rhythm section as a whole is highly accomplished on the record. My only qualm on here is that sometimes you need to block out the almost embarrassing lyrics in order to enjoy the music fully; Zack is more focussed than the average punk-band vocalist, but is therefore cruder with it. This album is not the masterpiece the first album was, but then nothing in the genre ever will be, and as such this is a must have for any Rage fan - just get their self-titled one first.