VINYL. In 1992 Rage Against the Machine released its self-titled debut album that became a commercial and critical success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza festival. Rage Against the Machine is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums of all time. During their initial nine-year run, the band became one of the most popular and influential bands in music history. Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heave metal, Rage Against the Machine was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpasse din terms of influence and sheer brilliance – though countless bands have certainly tried.