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Rage Against the Machine is a highly influential American rock band noted for their
pioneering blend of rap, hard rock and funk as well as their vocal revolutionary socialist beliefs.
At the point of their break-up in 2000, Rage Against the Machine had become one of the most popular political hard rock bands of all time, and certainly of the 1990s. The band's vocalist, Zack de la Rocha, pursued a career as an active as a solo artist after the break-up, while the other members became part of the supergroup Audioslave. Rage Against the Machine reformed in 2007 with an appearance at the Coachella Music Festival.
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Rage Against the Machine draws inspiration from early metallic instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Public Enemy and Afrika Bambaataa. Their music was based primarily on de la Rocha's rhyming styles and vocals along with their sound, especially Tom Morello's unusual extended guitar techniques.
Rage Against the Machine's eponymous debut album, Rage Against the Machine, reached triple platinum status, driven by heavy radio play of the song "Killing in the Name", a heavy, driving track repeating six lines of lyrics. The album's cover pictured Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963. Thich was protesting the oppression of Buddhists led by Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem's administration. To promote the album and its core message of social justice and equality, the band went on tour, playing at Lollapalooza and as support for Suicidal Tendencies in Europe.
Their second album, Evil Empire, entered Billboard's Top 200 chart at number one in 1996. The song "Bulls on Parade" was performed on Saturday Night Live in April 1996. Their planned two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers, a protest against having Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes as guest host on the program that night.
Rage Against the Machine's following release, The Battle of Los Angeles, also debuted at number one in 1999, selling 450,000 copies the first week and then going double-platinum. That same year the song " Wake Up" was featured on the soundtrack of the film The Matrix. In 2003, the song "Calm Like a Bomb" was featured in the film's sequel, The Matrix Reloaded.