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10/21/2015

Rage Against The Machine-Live At Finsbury Park - Blu Ray

By RUBEN MOSQUEDA //

The performance is energetic, powerful and charismatic. It’s not until the band begin to run through song after song that you begin to realize how many great songs this band has produced;

Rage Against The Machine are an acquired taste---not for everyone. They are a hybrid funk, hip-hop, driving metal act with the political revolution of a 60s rock act. Their albums Rage Against The Machine and Evil Empire helped usher in the new era of rock which broke the stereotype of what ‘rock’ and ‘metal’ music is all about.

Rage Against The Machine have disbanded, reunited, then disbanded again, then reunited again---currently they lay dormant. Their latest Blu Ray documents the band’s 2010 performance at Finsbury Park in the U.K. The story goes that fans launched a campaign rival an X-Factor winner’s single. The track that the fans elected to push was “KIlling In The Name.” The campaign was victorious and as a token of their appreciation the band vowed that they’d play a show for the fans in the spring.

The performance is energetic, powerful and charismatic. It’s not until the band begin to run through song after song that you begin to realize how many great songs this band has produced; “Testify,” “Bombtrack,” “People of the Sun,” “Know Your Enemy,” “Bulls on Parade,” “Bullet in the Head,” “Guerilla Radio,” “Freedom” and “KIlling in the Name.” Rage Against The Machine were all over alternative rock radio---they still are to this day. Regardless of what you think about the band’s political views you can’t deny their influence or guitarist Tom Morello’s unorthodox, yet brilliant approach to the guitar--- Live At Finsbury Park captures the aforementioned brilliantly.

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