Rage Against the Machine
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium


3.5
great

Review

by dub sean USER (37 Reviews)
June 24th, 2007 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Live at the Grand Auditorium perfectly captures the energy of a Rage Against the Machine concert. This album shows why Rage is the perfect riot band.

Rage Against the Machine. The band that shut down Wall Street, whose name is associated with politically-charged lyrics and riots. Openly opposing the police, the government, and pretty much all that is wrong, their concerts are known to have extremely high energy. Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium is a recording of the final two shows Rage Against the Machine played before their breakup in 2000.

Rage Against the Machine:

Zach de la Rocha - Vocals
Tom Morello - Guitar
Tim Commerford - Bass
Brad Wilk - Drums

Similar to almost every live album released, the first thing you hear is, of course, the crowd's screaming fading in. After a small guitar intro, the drums blast in and the band starts Bulls On Parade. The energy created by the band is so high, and the screaming audience in the background only helps to compliment this feeling. When de la Rocha screams, "What's up Los Angeles" during the intro, the crowd goes absolutely crazy.

The first four songs on the album keep up the same insane energy of the opening track. During the hit Killing in the Name, the audience sings the pre-chorus in the place of de la Rocha. Zach also changes up the second set of verses to an equally as catchy line. This song should definitely be heard and re-played like this, because I think it is an interesting improvement on the studio version.

Another major highlight of the album is Morello's abnormal guitar effects. I say abnormal because some of the sounds created by his guitar sound completely computer-generated, even though they are not. The guitar throughout the entirety of Calm Like a Bomb and the solo of Testify are prime examples. Of course, all these effects are expected, as Morello is the "guitar wizard."

Although there is an incredible amount of energy and crowd participation, a few tracks will seem incredibly bland. People of the Sun sounds extremely repetitive, with the same parts being repeated over and over. Also, Kick Out the Jams was a horrible choice for the setlist. There were so many better songs on Renegades that could have replaced it. Zach's singing seems like he is trying to scream while he raps, and it doesn't sound very good to the ear.

Although Born of a Broken Man and I'm Housin' are the two slowest tracks on the album, they provide a nice break for the audience and a good chance to really listen to Rage's musical ability. I'm Housin' is the perfect cover song, blending Zach's rapping with Morello's guitar effects.

Overall, this is a solid live show, and it really makes one want to go to a show and see Rage in person. Sadly the quality of the songs on this album is a little below average. The guitar and bass melt together at some points, which is very distracting. Also, personally, I would have rearranged the setlist a little bit. Some of the songs didn't flow into each other very nicely, but maybe that's just me.

It's hard to pick out the highlights of this album when almost every track was a single or hit at one point in time. However, solely because of the energy of the crowd during these two tracks, I would have to agree that Killing in the Name and Guerilla Radio are the two tracks you need to hear from this album.

I would definitely pick up this album. Although it is a live album, it pretty much is a compilation of Rage's greatest hits [minus a few tracks.] Though the album has a few lagging points, this is a great release, and worth a listen or two.



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dub sean
June 24th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did such a bad job. I debated whether or not to submit this, but this album needs a review badly.

Fort23
June 24th 2007


2475 Comments


Naa man this is pretty good. The album's decent. Try making less paragraphs, because it looks kind of like a first review with all the spaces.

dub sean
June 24th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I could probably merge some of them

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You son of a biatch! I was gonna review this this week! I might still. I rate it as one of the best live albums I've ever heard. You and I seem to have very similar tastes in music. Good stuff.

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha sorry! Your review will probably be better anyways...
Yeah we do have pretty much the same music tastes.

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How old are you, 15? When I was 15 I listened to pretty much Blink 182, Pennywise and not a whole lot else. Well done on having diverse tastes so early in life, not many people can say they have that! Keep reviewing mate, especially the Folk and Reggae stuff.

Aficionado
June 25th 2007


1027 Comments


Dub sean is a year younger than me. You write really good reviews for your age.

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks! How do you all know I'm 15?

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I looked at your profile and it says that you were born in 1992, and in June, so I figure that you just turned 15.

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ahh, genius.
I think I'm gonna do O.A.R.'s 34th & 8th next

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mmm never heard of them, might have to check them out if you are recommending them...

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

O.A.R. - 34th & 8th
Best live album ever. In my opinion
I'll send it to ya if you want

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How would you do that?

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you got AIM, email, MSN, something of that sort?

RandyfromPennywise
June 25th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I do, but how would you send it through that? My msn is in my profile.

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

let me just say...I'm magical

Aficionado
June 25th 2007


1027 Comments


Let me just say...that sounded really...weird

astrel
June 25th 2007


2614 Comments


it turned me on a bit. (Keep saying stuff like that)

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Aficionado
June 25th 2007


1027 Comments


I'm scared now...

dub sean
June 25th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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