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“My whole approach to tone was revolutionized when I heard the first Rage album – but even more so with Evil Empire. Tim Commerford had some great overdriven tones on the first album – I think he was playing a G&L at that point. It had more of a clean, bouncy-type feel. But when you hear the bassline on Bulls On Parade, that part in the verse where the guitar breaks away and it’s just the bass – that’s so heavy.
“The first track on Evil Empire, People Of The Sun, is another killer. But the clincher for me, the signature tune, is Tire Me. That shit is so agro and great – it's everything I ever wanted to hear in rock bass. There’s a lot of fantastic songs on the album, but man, I just love the tone.
“The secret to the sound of Rage – and a lot of bands figured this out after they did it – is that the guitar is kind of a clean sound, but it’s the bass that’s overdriven. With most other hands, it’s the bass that’s clean and the guitar is distorted. Rage turned it around.”