Mike Millan | Oregon, USA | 02/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was very surprised when I picked up this album. I heard the song "Testify" somewhere and really enjoyed it, so I decided to look these guys up and bought this album expecting to enjoy "Testify" but think everything else was okay but I was wrong. This album is very unique and very meaningful and political which is refreshing.And Zach de la Rocha's voice may take some getting used to for some but I thought it was different but still good and powerful. I actually really enjoyed this album and would recommend it.Take it from an unbiased customer."
"The cost of my desire . . . Sleep Now in the Fire!"
Linda L. Richards | Allentown, PA USA | 08/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoy all of Rage Against the Machine's music, considering they are a band that drew me into alternative rock/metal and out of nu metal back in the day when I was but a wee lad. However, whereas Evil Empire is merely good and RATM (the debut) is the universally preferred classic, this one is my favorite. While I do absolutely love the power of songs like Freedom and Wake Up and Killing in the Name and Bullet in Your Head, this album, The Battle of Los Angeles, is the sound of a more mature, more stream-lined band with songs where all the parts come together more fluidly. And oh, the riffs! Tom Morello is clearly descended from the great rock stylists of yesterday. The bass is deep, thunderous at the highs and moody and contemplative at the lows. The percussion of Brad Wilk is more exciting than any drum machine or synthesized beat, which is what makes the rap elements of Rage's work all the more powerful. I would care to highlight the opening rush of Calm Like a Bomb, the breakdown of Mic Check, and the main riff of Maria. I dunno why, but these elements were favorites. I'm also reminded, as I write this review, of a comparison someone around the Internet made between "Sleep Now in the Fire" and the Stooges' "T.V. Eye". Whaddya think?
If you're gonna buy only one Rage release (which is ill-advised but hey whatever), get this one. I also greatly enjoy Audioslave, though they're a different beast altogether. If you like the musicianship and instrumentalism here, try Out of Exile, their second album.
That's all I've got to say about that."