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The combination of hip hop and rock was originally coined upon by The Beastie Boys. But Rage took this and produced one of the greatest albums I know. Throughout the album the riffs leave you with an unexplainable need to funk. Zack's voice is aggressive and never seems to faulter. Tom Morello is an absolutely quality guitar player. He is unusual in that he comes from a generation of people who believe simple guitar playing is good (Kurt Cobain, Black Francis, Billy corgan). But it is too easy to associate Rage with rockers. Their main influences (not that i like it) lie in the world of hip hop with rap groups like Public Enemy. Perhaps this is what makes their debut album such a classic...
The union between hip hop and rock.
Now, when I listen to Rage, I hear something completely different. Vocals that convey the most power and emotion I have ever heard. Zack puts such intensity into all his songs, the quiet ones can make you just as angry as the screaming ones. The style is also much better than anything else I've heard. His singing goes from quiet rhyming to funky hiphop verses, to screaming catchphrases of anger and rage against 'the machine'. This is all backed up by the greatest guitarist today, Morello. He does things that not even I can do with my collection of air-guitars! Briliant solo pieces fit seemlessly with tunes that will keep you motivated and angry. Timmy C on the bass is normally overlooked due to Morello's greatness, but he keeps everything together with catchy riffs. And finally drum beats to keep it all lively and kicking.
I don't need to mention any of their songs for special praise, they all deserve it. This is a brilliant album that makes all other rock bands look amateur.
Thankyou, and goodnight.