XX, two simple Roman numerals but ones that represent so much when it comes to Rage Against The Machine.

Twenty years ago, four Southern Californians formed one what would become one of the most important bands in hard rock.

Zack de la Rocha’s preachings from the mic set to the wizard-like guitar talents of Tom Morello, pounded social activism into youth’s eager ears.

Rage Against the Machine blended hip-hop with heavy metal for a sound that had not yet been heard. Selling millions of copies worldwide, the band’s self-titled debut album was embraced by disillusioned youth almost instantly and is still revered as one of most powerful works in modern rock.

November 27th, Legacy Records will release Rage Against The Machine – XX, the 20th anniversary set.

The set includes the remastered album, the band’s original demo tape, recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at early shows, and two DVDs containing history concert in Finsbury Park, England, as well as various music videos and live performances.

A limited-edition deluxe box set will also be available, containing 2 CDs, 2 DVDs, and a 180gram LP for audio purists. The set’s liner notes were penned by hip hop legend and friend of the band, Chuck-D.

— Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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