Can I tell you that I really like Rise Against? I have been listening to them for several years now and I continue to be impressed with each new album release. This band is an artfully melodic mix of Metal, Rock, Hardcore and Punk with magically rhythmical guitars and drums and a Bassist who breathes music...
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This album, The Black Market (Released: 2014), is, to me, their Break-out Album. Much like American Idiot was Green Day's Break-out release. The sound is so refined and pure and solid that a few songs literally gave me the chills (Time + Tragedy & I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore). If you're interested, you can pick it up on Google Play
Rise Against's Unique Sound
Rise Against definitely has a unique sound which is hard to do now with so many bands all trying to sound the same but with enough uniqueness to make them stand out. Rise Against's sound seems effortless while Tim McIlrath belts out the vocals and silences us with his screams and yells which are the perfect complement to Zach Blair on Guitar, Joe Principe on Bass and Brandon Barnes on drums.
The music blends seamlessly and as a result offers up a sense of wholeness and amazement which adds yet another layer to the depth of involvement the listener feels. The music, and that's exactly what it is, is arranged with great care for detail and shows the level of precision that practicing and playing for as long as they have brings to the table or listeners ears if you will.
The power that comes from the crunch of the guitar in time with the stomping concussive drumming and sublimely coherent bass back Tim's vocals in any range he chooses; from a barely audible whisper to a gut-wrenching yet harmonious scream.
The Politics of Rise Against
The band members are vegetarians and are staunch supporters of PETA as well as supporters of Democratic causes. After Barack Obama won in 2008 the band was quoted as saying "In a news bulletin in early 2009, the band stated: "Few things are more exciting than watching Bush finally release America as his eight year hostage."
The band also endorsed a line of Vans shoes that were completely vegan. In response to critics alleging that Vans manufacturing uses sweatshops, the band had this to say:
"Just a quick note to address a handful of concern that some of you have addressed in regards to the shoe that we've teamed up with VANS to produce. All VANS shoes, including the RISE AGAINST VEGAN shoe are manufactured in factories that follow strict guidelines that are designed to protect the workers involved in this process. The right to fair compensation, the right to associate freely and bargain collectively, the right to work free from discrimination and harassment, and the right to a safe clean workplace are among many of the guidelines that VANS and the factories that produce VANS are committed to. We are proud to work with such a progressive and legendary company."
I strongly feel that Rise Against is the "Everyman" band. While their music may not be for everyone, it can certainly be appreciated for the precision and level of dedication that these guys have and the talent that they bring to the table. Over all I feel that this album can be seen as their Break-out album as it has something for almost everyone. Additionally I think that the music itself is arranged well and is seamless in his it timing. They make it look and sound easy and I suppose that that is what you want in a band; a Unique style that separates them from everyone else while still being in your "Genre," delivering a powerful, coherent product that does not disappoint.
Time + Tragedy
I Don't Want To Be Anymore