AOTY 2019

The Battle of Los Angeles

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1999 Ratings: #10 / 98
User Score
Based on 201 ratings
1999 Ratings: #40
November 2, 1999 / Release Date
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Epic / Label
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Entertainment Weekly

This is music made to agitate, not seduce, and at that it succeeds triumphantly.


They've become a great band that cuts through irony at the same time it piles up contradictions. It´s an achievement, one that will stand even if the biggest flames they ever get to fan are at a Woodstock bonfire.


De la Rocha is best when he has specific targets, but when he attempts to cover more general societal problems, he falters. If anything less than one of the most talented and fiery bands in the music world were backing him, The Battle of Los Angeles wouldn't be nearly as high-rated as it is.

Rolling Stone

Rage Against the Machine may never ignite the youth war they want to see. But at last, with The Battle of Los Angeles, they've managed to win a war within — one in which the band's notoriously feuding members have come together to produce a sound that's not quite louder than a bomb but that's definitely as loud as Led Zeppelin II.

If you ever mistook this for something a bunch of no-knob no-marks like Limp Bizkit could whack out then, I'm sorry, but you are fucking deaf, mad and probably from another (spectacularly shit) planet. Keep raging, mad Yank commies, your planet needs you.

I don't give a rat's ass what the rest of you say... This album is pure unadulterated semen...
And Rage Against The Machine is best band.

Best: Testify, Guerilla Radio, Calm Like a Bomb, Mic Check, Sleep Now In The Fire, Born of a Broken Man, Born as Ghosts, Maria, New Millenium Homes, Ashes in The Fall, War Within a Breath

Weakest: Voice of the Voiceless
Look, I know this album has its fans, but I’m not one of them, this album is extremely disappointing considering how amazing their last two records are. I felt like the instrumentals were trying to do something new when they really didn’t need to and Zach isn’t nearly entertaining as he was on their last two records. I skipped so many tracks on this album because I didn’t care them and honestly, this album is just really forgettable, which is surprising, I mean, we are ... read more

While the self-titled album is indisputably Rage's best effort, The Battle of Los Angeles was their final triumph, a declaration of war and a refusal to let their message to fade out with them. Some of these songs give the best tracks from self-titled a run for their money. Testify, Calm Like a Bomb, Mic Check, Sleep Now in the Fire, Born of a Broken Man, New Millennium Homes, and Ashes in the Fall are all classics.
i think at this point, rage against the machine has lost its charm for me. unlike their first two albums, this one feels particularly formulaic and lacks any particular tracks that are true standouts. i see it as a failed attempt at re-capturing the magic of those albums, and yes, it's still enjoyable, but...i dunno. it's really not the same.
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Track List

  1. Testify
  2. Guerrilla Radio
  3. Calm Like a Bomb
  4. Mic Check
  5. Sleep Now in the Fire
  6. Born of a Broken Man
  7. Born as Ghosts
  8. Maria
  9. Voice of the Voiceless
  10. New Millennium Homes
  11. Ashes in the Fall
  12. War Within a Breath
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