The long awaited album from Rage Against The Machine will
be called Evil Empire and released in April. The album, recorded during
November and December, was produced by Brendan O' Brien. According to one
source, the band junked as many as 23 tracks that they had recorded with O'
Brien in Atlanta beginning in November of 1994. They allegedly fought so
violently among themselves that they briefly broke up, regrouping in June,
shortly before the KROQ Weenie Roast. In a recent interview with Kerang,
guitarist Tom Morello didn't mention anything about the mutinies. Instead he
talked calmly about the reason for the delay between albums: "Different band
members have their different interests that they've been pursuing. But
principally, the main reason for the delay between records was trying to find
the right combination of our very diverse influences that would make a record
that we were all happy with and that was great. That was a long process."
Morello revealed that he had recently written a book, explaining that "It's
twenty to thirty short biographies of important progressive, radical or
revolutionary figures who've been marginalized by the U. S. text books and who
I think are much more important here in the States than the George Washingtons
and Abraham Lincolns." And would he be talking about, oh, Patty Hearst? Huey
Newton? Eldridge Cleaver? Can't wait to read it.