Rage Against the Ma­chine Sony

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

“Fight the war, fuck the norm,” sang straight-edged Zach de la Rocha (right) in the song Town­ship Re­bel­lion. So, of course, you have to laugh at the glar­ing irony of a band called Rage Against the Ma­chine gear­ing up to promo the 20th an­niver­sary of their de­but al­bum on a multi-cor­po­rate­as­so­ci­ated record la­bel. And yet, like Manic Street Preach­ers, their so­cio-po­lit­i­cal/cul­tural brothers in arms in the UK, at least Rage Against the Ma­chine had valid points to make. In ad­di­tion, the bruis­ing blend of metal and rap was a bold achieve­ment that many would try and fail to em­u­late. Which means the mu­sic sounds as raw and ex­plo­sive now as it did in ’92. Lat­ter-day fans can en­joy ad­dons such as B-sides, the orig­i­nal al­bum demo and pre­vi­ously un­seen con­cert ma­te­rial. ratm. com Down­load: Town­ship Re­bel­lion, Bul­let in the Head

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