Rage Against The Machine
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)


4.5
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Review

by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
August 7th, 2005 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Rage Against the Machine- Live At the Grand Olympic Auditorium

Rage Against the Machine was a driving force throughout the 90’s with their angry blend of funk, metal, punk, and hip-hop. Fronted by the angry, Zach De La Rocha, Rage spit out 3 albums and 1 cover. At the height of their career, De la Rocha announced plans for a solo project, and things just seemed to fly by from there.

Live at Olympic is the capture of Rage against the Machine’s last, powerful concert, along with footage of their protest concert at the Democratic National Convention. I am going to divide the review into 3 sections, to explain the concert, convention, as well as the extra features. Afterwards, I will list the recommended songs for each, as well as pros and cons. I particularly loved watching this DVD, (still do, actually) and can find very few things which seem imperfect. Scale is measured in :thumb: with a max of 5. Enjoy!!!!

The Band-

Zach De La Rocha- Vocals
Tom Morello- Guitars
Timmy C.- Bass
Brad Wilk- Drums

ALL SOUNDS MADE BY LISTED INSTRUMENTS


‘Live At Olympic Grand’ concert
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This concert, from start to finish, is absolutely amazing. As soon as the band steps out, and Zach yells “Check 1,2” the crowd is anticipating the most energetic live performance they’ve seen. (and you too!)
Starts off with Tom Morello dramatically playing a little progression, when without notice, the band just rips into Bulls On Parade, which is probably the only song that I’ve ever stood up to watch. The energy is incredible, as if someone set off a bomb in the crowd. The mosh pits form and people are just going insane. The band rips through Bombtrack, before hitting another highlight, Calm Like A Bomb. Zach’s voice is much more clear on the live version of this. Morello’s guitar work is stunning, and Zach’s wah-wah bass lines really cut through. After the fist pumping performance with the last lines of “There’s a right to obey, and a right to kill.”, one of the weaker performances, Bullet in the Head. I love this song, but live, it didn’t do the justice. Zach’s voice is all over the place, with a slight impediment that can get quite annoying. Another thing that I don’t like is the choruses. Timmy C. helps out to sing ‘em, and even though I love his playing, he really shouldn’t sing. He kinda sounds like the Incredible Hulk. And the solo sounds a tad different. But Zach’s screams at the end are really weak, and he doesn’t hold them out for very long. After Bullet, one of my favorite songs, Sleep Now in the Fire takes place. I like it a bit more than the recording, because Zach’s energy is a bit higher, because of the response from the crowd. After a cover and a couple songs from Battle of Los Angeles, the explosion of Guerrilla Radio comes in, and the band goes crazy. After a couple songs, Cypress Hill comes out to join them for How I Could Just Kill a Man. The singer from Cypress Hill has possibly the most annoying voice ever. But there is still hope among the last three songs, which are some amazing performances, especially Testify. Freedom closes this ball breaking concert, and lets you know that this hell-raising legacy has truly changed the face of the music industry, as well as our attitudes. ;)

Recommended Songs- Bulls on Parade, Bombtrack, Calm Like a Bomb, Sleep Now in the Fire, Guerilla Radio, Testify

Concert Rating: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: and ½ [4.5/5]

Pros
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+ Energy is ever present
+ Most songs feature great riffs and music
+ Zach’s voice is for the most part, strong.

Cons
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- Timmy C.’s voice
- Bullet in the Head wasn’t as good
- Cypress Hill’s singer



Democratic National Convention
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After the awesome concert at the auditorium, you would think that a Rage show couldn’t get any cooler. Well this 6 song protest will prove you wrong. The intro is quite dramatic, with Take the Power Back playing above some footage of protesters and fans that are awaiting chaos. After the introduction stops, you see the band come out on stage and give a warm, welcoming speech. “ There’s a show over there, but it’s apparently all sold out. Our democracy has been hijacked, and we cannot let our streets be ruled by Democrats or Republicans.” The rip right through Bulls on Parade, as at least 5 mosh pits form in this audience as Zach screams “Rally ‘round tha family, with a pocket full of shells!” Testify is once again flawless, and is my favorite Rage song for that reason. If you thought Guerrilla Radio was explosive at Olympic Grand, you should seriously check this concert out. Three words have never been more powerful. “Set it off!” Sleep Now in the Fire and Freedom are jam-packed with insanity, bull-dozing the authority. But Killing in the Name is the most anger stricken song there, with a small riot going on, and the police using tear gas and rubber bullets to control them. The lyrics are attacking, as the protesters lose their minds, walking on a razor wire fence during “F**k you I won’t do what you tell me!” The brief footage of the cop will anger you. He tells a woman that it’s her fault that she got run over by the protesters. Amazing concert!

Recommended songs: All of them!

Concert Overall: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: [5/5]

Pros
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+ Great footage
+ Protesters are insane
+ Songs rock
+ Energy!!!

Cons
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- Cop is a real twat


Extras
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Some of the extras are really cool, such as the performance of Know Your Enemy, and the Bombtrack video. The latter of the two shows some brutal footage in Peru of protesters being massacred. The performance of Know Your Enemy is nothing short of awesome, with the band perfecting every aspect of the song. The other two, How I Could Just Kill A Man, which has a cool video, but I can’t seem to like the song. Zach’s vocals are just too different. And People of the Sun is mediocre. However, you don’t necessarily have to watch these things, but they are recommended.

Extra’s Overall: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: and ¾

Pros
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+ Know Your Enemy
+ Bombtrack

Cons
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- Vocals on How I Could Just Kill a Man
- People of the Sun is mediocre



DVD Overall: One of the best DVD’s I’ve bought, and certainly not my last Rage DVD. It’s filled with brutal truth, energy, and amazing music. Nothing short of a [4.5/5]



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


Would anyone like to leave some feedback? I love having comments. :smoke:

Rudd13
August 7th 2005


952 Comments


Where will you stop????

DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


Come on, keep it coming.

Priestmetal
August 7th 2005


542 Comments


Your reviews are cool with the thumbs and all. This album seems cool but Ive never heard it. The set looks awesome; great songs.

cam12
August 7th 2005


1 Comments


I love this album, and I agree with the pros and cons!

DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


*bump*

masada
August 7th 2005


2733 Comments


Rage Against the Machine are so overrated.

DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


That's not what I had in mind........Nick. :upset:

JohnXDoesn't
August 7th 2005


1393 Comments


I was at this gig and it was a stunner to say the least. Never a big Rage fan myself, I went with a freind and found them to be a much different band live than in the studio. I think I will be picking this up now that you have made me aware of the dnc footage made available as bonus footage. It sounds like a nice overall package.

DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


Lucky. I wish I was there.

masada
August 7th 2005


2733 Comments


I don't.

DesolationRow
August 7th 2005


833 Comments


:upset: errrrrrrrrrrrr...............nick.

YDload
August 13th 2005


1207 Comments


I like the Cypress Hill song "How Could I Just Kill A Man?" but I do agree that the vocals are a bit annoying. I'd like to hear what it sounds like with some RATM backing, perhaps YSI?

DesolationRow
August 13th 2005


833 Comments


Don't have YSI.........i'm an internet n00b. But the DVD does have the video for it with them ALONE. It's pretty good.

Rudd13
August 13th 2005


952 Comments


Killing in the Name of had to be one the greatest pieces of concert footage ive ever seen.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i saw the live dvd of this, it was freaking awsome, there really talented live

(>dragon~guitarist<)
November 13th 2005


243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great DVD, I say its not as good as their first one, but VERY close, it is better than Battle Mexico City though (anyone would agree with that). The energy is so high in the Auditorium, its a wonder why they broke up after this show, they seem like they were at the peak of their careers!

Two-Headed Boy
March 18th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Freaking amazing concert. Every song is great, and the energy is unmatched by anyone.

The buildup for Killing In The Name was the best part. It was unbelievably powerful and the anger pumped the croud up even more and resulted in one of the greatest concert moments I have ever witnessed.

Might review this, but it's a good review nontheless.This Message Edited On 03.21.06

bassman g-menez
March 25th 2006


1 Comments


i was at the dnc concert i was lucky and honored to listen to such powerful songs like killing in the name and sleep now in the fire while cracking some skulls in the pit, i will forever have that concert in my heart and mind, there will never be a band as exciting and revolutionary like rage against the machine as a fan for many years i can say that was a great review and thank you for it, it was a sad day when they broke up

mike-ibanez
April 17th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty good songs . but poor sound quality.



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