Monday, January 30, 2012

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles
Released - 1999

Editor's note:  Since this is an album on a major label, there is no download link available.

Story by Brandon Gallagher, singer for Old Wounds.

As I begin to tell this story, please keep in mind that I'm only 19 years old (born in 1992).  With that being said, in the year 2000, I was in the 2nd grade, around 7 or 8 years old.  It was that very year, good old Y2K, that I would discover one of my future all-time favorite bands and a record that pretty much changed my life (probably for the worse).  A couple weeks into 2nd grade, a video game called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 was released, which was the long-awaited sequel to the ground-breaking original.  On the first THPS, the soundtrack was flawless, which at the time was an added bonus being that I was such a young kid playing a video game that had no others like it.

When THPS 2 came out, I would play it with my friends religiously everyday after school.  There was one track that always stood out and I would get so stoked when it would come on.  That song was "Guerrilla Radio" by Rage Against the Machine.  It was maybe a couple weeks later that I had my mom take me to the mall to get The Battle of Los Angeles.

When I heard the opening track "Testify," I knew I had found something awesome.

From the day I went and picked up that record, till now, I still love it from start to finish. Tom Morello's riffs and Zack De La Rocca's screams ultimately led me to check out some harder bands, and even check out their back catalog, which yeah is still sick.

Rage Against the Machine was a huge part of my childhood, getting into hardcore, punk, metal, whatever.  I'm super bummed I never got to see them though.

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