Rage Against The Machine

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Rage Against The Machine Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium (Sony) Rating: NN

Rating: NN

Along with Biohazard and 411, RATM have a lot to atone for – they basically midwifed rap metal. On this, they rock heavily and carry a big funk, but nothing can stop Zach de la Rocha’s dated, if lyrically poetic, B-Real-meets-Chuck-D flow, used most unfortunately on covers of EPMD’s I’m Housing and MC5’s Kick Out The Jams. Aside from audience singalongs and topical lyric changes to Killing In The Name Of, there aren’t many differences from the studio versions of the songs performed here. Unless the profits go toward creating a hilariously oversized effigy of Rumsfeld, it’s not a necessary purchase.

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