Artist: Rage Against the Machine
Title: “Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium”
With today marking six years since Rage Against the Machine took the stage near AT&T Park to play one of its first reunion shows, it a perfect time to discover the band’s sole official live album.
Either in studio or on stage, Rage never lacked for la pasión. Their fire and electricity crackle through “Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium,” which was recorded at the band’s final shows before its 2000 break up.
“Your anger is a gift,” shouts Zach de la Rocha, demonstrating that at least his is, anyway. It’s easy to imagine de la Rocha and Tom Morello strutting around stage playing this incendiary set, which reads like a greatest hits package.
What knocks it down is the tepid mix, which emphasizes de la Rocha at the expense of his bandmates. Morello, a guitarist whose innovation and energy rivals that of de la Rocha, is difficult to hear in some spots, a sad fact given the clarity and beauty of the mix of “Take the Power Back” from the band’s self-titled debut album.
For Rage fans, however, it’s worth it to hear de la Rocha’s signature howl, demonstrated here with unparalleled glory in “Sleep Now in the Fire.”
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.