The Rise - Signal To Noise (Cover Artwork)

The Rise

The Rise: Signal To NoiseSignal To Noise (2002)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: RarrkittenRarrkitten
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Ah, screamy bands--I think someday they'll take over the world. Slowly but surely they've seeped into pop culture and the kiddies are loving every second of it. The Rise is "just another kid on the beat" trying to make it in the big bad world of Creed and Britney Spears. I'm not a huge fan of ste.

Ah, screamy bands--I think someday they'll take over the world. Slowly but surely they've seeped into pop culture and the kiddies are loving every second of it. The Rise is "just another kid on the beat" trying to make it in the big bad world of Creed and Britney Spears. I'm not a huge fan of stereotyping, so I felt a little bad thinking such negative things about The Rise before hearing them. However, after carefully listening to their CD about 8 times, I think they fit right in with that Thursday screamy business that has taken over MTV 2.

The CD begins with a quite friendly and catchy keyboard part, and brings much promise to originality of the rest of the songs. I must admit, I was pretty excited when I heard the beginning of the song. Soon, the keyboard was meshed in with some metal-esque guitar parts and some spoken-word screaming. For the most part, I'm a big fan of both qualities. I was actually enjoying the first song, until I got to minute 4 of the first song. It seems to be a little long for what it was. As the beginning songs continued, I lost a little hype and settled in--which isn't always a bad thing. I mean sometimes its good to get into a mode while listening to a band. Apparently however, The Rise is not one of those bands. By the time I got to song four, I felt like I was listening to one of those "MTV we'll make you rockstar bands"...you know, the ones they hold auditions for.

I really like the spoken word screamy parts they came up with, I like the guitar parts, I like the keyboard parts, and the rhythm BUT NOT ALL TOGETHER. I'm a firm believer in giving CDs at least 4 chances to win love but by the end of the CD I just felt sick, and I had no want to give it another chance. It wasn't possible to dance to many of the songs past some simple head bobbing, and the lyrics were pretty generic. I think once The Rise settles into their own personal style and drops some of the random genres they attempt to throw into their songs, perhaps I'll be able to appreciate their message and music a little more. These guys have a ton potential in my opinion, as I really enjoyed the PARTS of the songs, I just think they need to settle into a mold without falling into a rut. I do think the Signal to Noise caters to many popular styles, which could lead to them making some money from it...which can never hurt.


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Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

mixing electronic with the music throughout the songs is something that refused didn't do. You have electronic drum beats and synth all the way through when refused only had brief electronic breakdowns at key points. You have to give them credit for trying something new. While I agree his voice is sort of monotone through all the songs, the lyrics are still sung with passion with a driving force behind the words, which more than makes up for it. I haven't gotten bored of the cd yet and i doubt i ever will. Do you actually think this band wants to get on TRL? I think they would be more apt to throw a moltov cocktail and torch the set. They could care less about the scene, they preach ressistance, not selling out. A

ObeyYourParents (June 2, 2004)

If the Refused tied their arms behind their backs and Dennis Lyxzen caught a nasty, throat rending, cold, the likes of which impairing his already half-anused "critique of modern society", while bashing keys on a sythesizer...then you'd have The Rise, in a nutshell

I don't even see how people can mention these guys in the same breath as the Refused.

Perhaps that was a tad harsh. But for all its worth, this record is painfully mediocre with but a few rays of light peering through the bland. Most of the time its just kind've boring.

slippy (June 5, 2003)

"The most hardcore band I know of that was on TRL was Papa Roach, and they pale in comparison to the Rise."

ummm so now papa roach is hardcore? or anything resembling it? yucky. i need to wash my hands.

soulbleed (January 7, 2003)

critics called this band the replacement for the refused, and while they are extremely self-assured, they really are. their music filled the void in my stereo after i got completely sick of 'the shape of punk to come' .. hopefully they can live up to the standards they've set.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

I didn't make any comments about Refused. Refused is a completly different band than The Rise...they have similar tendancies, but so do a million other bands. I also never said that anyone was on TRL, but i did say that it seems like they (the rise) is attempting to get popular from their music, and it shows. I am all for everyone buying this cd and listening to it... i personally hate it. Like i said before, reviews are opinions, so no one has to believe mine as the end all of living. At one point in my life, i thought refused was a pretty good band. I've grown out of them, but i still think they are okay. I don't think The Rise should be put in a clump with Refused though-as it seems like the intentions behind the music are much much different.(IN MY OPINION)

Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

if you were talking about the rise I half agree, they're alright, but nothing to be crazy about.

Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

there is nothing generic about Refused.

Or whatever the words melodic and hardcore usually mean. Hell, I hate anything screamo, but Refused were something incredible. They won't happen again.


Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

I'm sorry, perhaps I misread? TRL? Okay, so maybe Refused are popular, that's because they put great lyrics to great music played by talented musicians. They weren't on TRL, at least not that I know of. The most hardcore band I know of that was on TRL was Papa Roach, and they pale in comparison to the Rise.

Signal to Noise is a great album, whether fucking rarrkitten likes it or not. The Rise is influenced greatly by Refused, and yet they make a sound all thier own. There are parts that just make you want to sing along, parts that make you move. I mean if you don't like it fine, but if you don't have it, don't take these idiots at thier word. peep it for yourself. http://www.riserock.com

abileneINlove (October 2, 2002)

I for one am impressed with everyone's adjectives. This band sucks. This CD sucks. Eveyone sounds so infantile. I had low expectations for this band and they impressed in such a way to find them worse than my preconception. The are to be loathed as all of you are to be.

rarrkitten (October 2, 2002)

Not to alarm anyone, but I didn't mention anything about Refused anywhere in the review, so if I am getting crap about that...then perhaps you should reread. Also, I don't think they are trendy because they are screamy, I think they are trendy because they sound like they read the "Idiot's guide on how to be a generic melodic hardcore band"...you know, no, they sound like they read 'Idiots guide to getting on TRL", and its absolutely A okay with me if people like them. I personally didn't, because there was nothing original about that band for me. There was nothing inspiring about it. And since views on music are based on personal preference, I wouldn't stop anyone from going out and having a listen to it. Personally, I'm using my copy has a coaster.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

rock the vote yo!

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

This album rocks and these guys rock. I've seen them twice. Go see 'em if you get the chance. They have a great sound and awesome energy. I love driving around to this album, pumping my fist...

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

I bought this cd. The next day i sold it.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Just awful.

Hamish (October 1, 2002)

They don't sound like the Faint either.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)


Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

ive been trying to get this cd for a while, the folks over at punkrocks.net i believe love this album, but some of the comments here makes me think different, i love both refused and the faint so yea it does sounds pretty cool. i wonder if i should.......

AstroVince (October 1, 2002)

Yeah, I've heard it. It just sounds monotone to me.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Monotone??????? Have you even listened to this album???? His voice is anything but....


AstroVince (October 1, 2002)

Ok, I don't dislike them ONLY because they sound like the refused. I also can't stand them because the singer has a monotone voice, especially when he screams.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Allright jackasses, not liking a band because they sound similar to another band is pure bullshit. If that's why you all don't like this band then you all can throw out every cd you own because every band sounds similar to other bands. It's impossible to be 100% original.


Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

these guys are sick. I just saw them again last night, and they kill live. Check out the videos on thier site: www.riserock.com

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

You guys are idiots, these guys are probably one of the best kept secrets out right now.... whats wrong with sounding like the Refused? I mean, yeah no punk or punk-esque bands ever sound alike, right? Retards.


Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Screaming is great, if you can do it with a little creativity and atmosphere. Bands like Slipknot are just boring and weak- a bunch a screams put together in a sequence like they were computerized or something. Thursday has it's weak hearted screams and then they bust into stupid pop punk generic style singing with an uncreative guitar.

maverick (October 1, 2002)

No, it means they sound like the Faint.


Hamish (October 1, 2002)

You sound like you were just dismissing them as "trendy" and "mtv2" material for no real reason. Because they scream? Whatever. And seriously guys, just because they have electronic bits doesn't mean they sound like Refused.

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Please do not submit any more reviews.

AstroVince (October 1, 2002)

Dude, don't get me started on how much ass these guys suck. Refused called, they want their style back.

travis (October 1, 2002)

oh man. the 4 songs ive heard off this cd are amazing. im hoping the rest is great... but your review is making me think otherwise. damn.

maverick (October 1, 2002)

This CD sucks. It's like half the band is really into Refused, and half the band is really into the Faint. It sounds cool on paper, but does not work recorded at all.


Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

So basically you dismissed them as a trendy band as soon as you heard screaming? That makes a lot of sense. It might have sounded like you knew what you were talking about if you cited Refused as a similar band instead of Thursday, but it appears to me you know very little about music beyond what you hear on the radio. Please don't review any more CDs.

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