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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1991–2000, 2007–11)

Formed in Los Angeles by Zack De La Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (guitar), Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums), their left-wing lyrics were as polemical as their metallic, rhythmic music. Their eponymous debut album (1992) bottled their live sound and frank social commentary. La Rocha left in 2000, the other members forming Audioslave with Chris Cornell, but RATM re-formed in 2007. Two years later they had a UK No. 1 with ‘Killing In The Name’ after an anti-X Factor campaign.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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