Well, what an album. Killing in the name is one of those songs that you can not fault. The first time you hear it you just think; oh yeah! It some how makes you feel bigger allthough the song as with many of rage's, is fairly negative. There is certainly a political spine to this album allthough this is more blatant in battle of l.a. with sleep know in the fire, testify etc. Bullet in the head is another highlight, with a fantastic riff at the end which sounds a lot like a '10 years after' song called hey little school girl. However the songs couldn't be more different lyrically, with the bullet being a metaphor for large corporations getting into our heads with their adverts ( we're just victims of the in house drive by). Know your enemy - compromise, conformity, assymilation, submission, ignorance, hypocricy, brutality, the elite, all of which are american dreams (repeat way after music has stopped), this next song has an excellent melody and inspiring lyrics.
I have missed out most of the songs, purely because i could spend half the day praising them. Basically you must have this album. I have listened to it many a time in the last decade or so and it is a benchmark metal album, expertly created full of high emotion rage and addictive vibes, which you'll never forget.
This and batlle of l.a. are their best, allthough don't miss bulls on parade, revolver and renegades of funk from the other albums. It is a real shame that we won't see any more of zack with the band, but hey they quit whilst the going was good.