Rage Against the Machine is the debut studio album by the American rock band Rage Against the Machine. The album was released on November 10, 1992. It went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart.
"Know Your Enemy" features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on "additional vocals", and also features Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. Keenan has been known on occasion to appear onstage with the band to perform the song.
Allmusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia gave the album four and a half stars and stated "it was the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal", he also praised the albums "meaningful rhymes and emotionally charged conviction".
In 2001, Q magazine named Rage Against the Machine as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Music critic Piero Scaruffi includes Rage Against the Machine at number 11, just after Electric Wizard's Come My Fanatics... and before Cathedral's Forest