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Rage Against the Machine was an American rock band that was formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, and consisted of band members Zack de la Rocha (vocals), Tim Commerford (bass, backing vocals), Tom Morello (guitar), and Brad Wilk (drums).
Rage Against the Machine got together in 1991 as stated above, wrote the majority of the songs for their first album in a manner of 2 months, made a 12-song demo tape, played a few shows in the L.A. area, and were then signed onto Epic among hundreds of record labels requesting contract.
Even though the album did not receive much play time on either MTV, or the radio, the sales of the album still climbed, and made Rage Against the Machine album a very popular album. In 2003, the album was ranked No.365 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
VH1 ranked Rage Against the Machine on the No.33 spot on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, as the band had a large influence on the nu metal genre. They actually proved that they were the only band to effectively combine rap and metal music together.
Rage Against the Machine disbanded after the band members had creative differences which led to the departure of de la Rocha, who started a low-key solo career, while the rest of the band members formed the rock supergroup Audioslave, along with Chris Cornell, the former frontman of Soundgarden.
As of 2010, the band had sold more than 16 million records all over the world.
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