The group's relatively unheralded musicians (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk) have developed into such a nimble and cohesive unit that they'd sound pretty exciting even without someone spewing rapid fire invective over their grooves.
De la Rocha's rabid diatribes occasionally go overboard, particularly on the tracks (Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend" and Minor Threat's "In My Eyes," for example) that feed into the band's sometimes one-dimensional rap-metal groove. But when the band steps out of character -- as it does during its rudimentary take on MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" or its pacific reading of "Beautiful World" -- the results can seem truly transcendent.
Those lying closest to their own unsubtle ouevre, ie the Minor Threat and Cypress Hill tracks, are as crunching as die-hards could hope for. But the arch sneer of The Rolling Stones' Street Fighting Man and Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm are predictably reduced to chalkboard lessons in "angry".
DavidAug 11, 2007Just a great album by a legendary band! What I love about this album is how Rage was able to cover songs that originally were not from the Just a great album by a legendary band! What I love about this album is how Rage was able to cover songs that originally were not from the same genre which makes this album by far is the most experimental and unique record that they've ever released. Personally, I think this is their second best album next to their self-titled debut.… Expand
PunkyBrewsterJul 21, 2004Every time Rage come's out with a new album it's always more energy filled then the next. When I heard their rendition of Every time Rage come's out with a new album it's always more energy filled then the next. When I heard their rendition of Maggie's Farm I was floored by how well they did it. When I heard it was all covers I wasn't to sure about that, but they deffinetly pulled it off. Before this album the only band who I thought did covers better then the original was Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rage is right up top there on my list of greatest bands. When the break down comes in Renegades of Funk it makes you want to dance. Much energy was put into the making of this album and much energy is what I got out of this. You must buy this album.… Expand
RogerR.Nov 18, 2001One of the best RATM albums!!!!
WallaDec 18, 2005The kick ass tribute album we have all been waiting for. The adapted music is amazing and Zack de La Rocha is better than ever.
AdrianRNov 25, 2006If there's one thing that comes out loud and clear in Rage's music, it's that they aren't politicaly driven by any clear If there's one thing that comes out loud and clear in Rage's music, it's that they aren't politicaly driven by any clear ideology, and they aren't a capitalist device for brainwashing impessionable youth like I've heard some ppl say. Renegades proves they're just a massively talented group of core rockers who like to challenge the status quo. It's about not being satisfied with mediocrity and apathy. Somehow they don't quite come full circle or prove a definative statement, but they do provide some unreal headbangers to enjoy regardless of your social beliefs or situation.… Expand
Aug 23, 2011You need to hear Rage at all cost, forget about their controversial themes and stuff like that. Their last album went as a bullet in the headYou need to hear Rage at all cost, forget about their controversial themes and stuff like that. Their last album went as a bullet in the head a mind blowing sensation.… Expand
CoryKJan 2, 2003As a Rage fan, I must say that this album dissapointed me. In terms of "career album rank" I'd say it ranks 4 of 4. 1. Self-Titled 2. As a Rage fan, I must say that this album dissapointed me. In terms of "career album rank" I'd say it ranks 4 of 4. 1. Self-Titled 2. Evil Empire 3. Battle of Los Angeles 4. Renegades.… Expand
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