Zack Dela Rocha from “Rage Against the Machine” was born on January 12th, 1970 and wrote most of the lyrics for “RATM.” He was the lead vocalist and very vital to “RATM” as he is a strong voice against the injustices to humans. His rage in the lyrics he writes is beautiful but also very dark and heavy. Tom Morello was the co-founder of “RATM” and while Zach was performing rap gigs in local bars Tom found him and asked if he would do vocals along with write for the band. They became good friends and fought the “machine” with Zacks lyrics, Toms guitar, Brad’s drums, and Tims bass to release their rage and anger. They became a powerhouse for so many as they grew and fought tirelessly to “take the power back.” Unfortunately, Rage Against the Machine broke up in 2000 because of decision-making differences but they came back together from 2007-2011 for one last bang against the machine. In 2011 Zack decided to start his solo career and has several projects that show he is staying consistent with how he feels along with keeping his vocals at top performance.
For me, Zack has been my favorite vocalist/writer since the first time I listened to a “RATM” album. From his raps to his ability as a rock star he permeates my eardrums just right every time I turn on an album. In 2007 I was able to go see “RATM” in Los Angeles, California and the show was insane. Most of the time the pit didn’t stop moving and the energy in the room was more extreme then any energy I’ve ever experienced. I got a black eye and a few bruised ribs but it was worth it I still say that was the best show I have ever been to because of the energy. I love “RATM” and how they were able to mix punk, rock, hip-hop, and a little blues into their tracks, they are unlike any band I’ve listened to. They got their inspiration from bands like; The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols, the Cure, and Bad religion which is the reason I love them so much. The punk musical transitions in the way they can go from hip-hop to punk are taking The Clash to a whole new level of musical abilities is never heard before or even after “RATM” separated. The little hooks Tom Morello gives us with his insane guitar riffs along with Brad Wilks drums, Tim Commerford’s bass/backing vocals, and finally Zacks vocals make “RATM” unbelievable.
Zack Dela Rocha will be my favorite artist and set of vocals until the day I die. Rage Against The Machine will be my favorite band until the day I die. The album “Evil Empire” will be my favorite album till the day I die. I just don’t see another band giving us the same feel “RATM” does for me. Maybe soon they will come back together for one more farewell worldwide and write an album for the times in which we are living. I hope so anyway.