Rage Against the Machine (sometimes shortened to RATM or Rage) is an American rap metal band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991.
The band's lineup, unchanged since formation, consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk.
Rage Against the Machine is noted for its blend of punk rock, rap, heavy metal, and funk as well as its revolutionary politics and lyrics.
Rage Against the Machine drew inspiration from early metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Public Enemy, Urban Dance Squad, and Afrika Bambaataa.
The group's music is distinguished primarily by their powerful stage energy, de la Rocha's rhyming styles and Morello's unorthodox guitar techniques.
Rage Against the Machine released their debut album Rage Against the Machine in 1992, which became a commercial success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza.
The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire.
The band's third album The Battle of Los Angeles was released in 1999.
During their initial nine year run, they became one of the most popular and influential political bands in contemporary music.In 2000, shortly after breaking up, the band released their fourth studio album Renegades, which is comprised entirely of cover songs.
Zack de la Rocha started a low-key solo career; the rest of the band formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, which disbanded in 2007.
In April 2007 Rage Against the Machine performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The band has continued to perform at multiple live venues since.
In July 2008, Zack de la Rocha released an EP by his long awaited project with ex-The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, One Day as a Lion.