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Rage Against The Machine - Renegades - Album Review

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

Rage Against The Machine brought out their last studio album in December of 2000... almost two months after they had just broken up... and it was an album filled with just covers.

The album consisted of only covers and they tackled artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Devo, Stooges Minor Threat, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and even Cypress Hill, which is pretty awkward these days as the super band Prophets of Rage is now about ( for anyone who doesn't know it's Rage instrumentals with Cypress Hill doing the vocals) .

The list goes on in all honesty, and these songs aren't disappointing in the slightest, they're all played well and bring their own energy to the table.

My favourite tracks off of this album has to be the Cypress Hill cover "How I Could Just Kill A Man. It's a great interpolation of the original bringing that anger is an energy vibe to it.

"The Ghost Of Tom Joad" Bruce Springsteen cover that they play is sick, turning this classic with their hardcore sound, and I'd say the Minor Threat cover of "In My Eyes" really takes the cake for me, I would go as far to say that it's better than the original.

The reason why this record annoys me so much is that it came out after they broke up, and being only full of cover songs makes you wish what could of been. As it was obvious at this point they had refined their sound, maybe they could have gone on to create some really interesting albums. The ones we have are classics already but I'd love to see another Rage album with Zach De La Rocha on vocals, especially in the current state of politics and hardcore.

Take a look at our guide to protest songs.


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