On The Rise - Burning Inside (Cover Artwork)

On The Rise

On The Rise: Burning InsideBurning Inside (2003)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I was looking through the review archives and I was shocked to realize that no one has reviewed Snow's classic LP which featured brilliant tracks like Informer and Girl I Been Hurt. But I don't have that album, so I guess I'll just review this one instead. On The Rise is a hardcore band out of Ne.
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I was looking through the review archives and I was shocked to realize that no one has reviewed Snow's classic LP which featured brilliant tracks like Informer and Girl I Been Hurt. But I don't have that album, so I guess I'll just review this one instead. On The Rise is a hardcore band out of New York City. Before you make any assumptions, they don't play tough guy hardcore, they don't sound like Sick of it All, and they don't play metal. Don't worry, I made these assumptions too, until I popped this into my CD player, then I was simply blown away.

In place of what I was expecting, I was treated to a brilliant dose of melodic hardcore. On The Rise's sound could be described as a mix of Gorilla Biscuits, Warzone, and later day Bold. It's almost impossible to listen to this without singing or shouting along, and the guitar playing is sure to cause some impromptu air guitar solos. The songs are fast, and above all else energetic, never is there a moment where this album drags. On The Rise also steers clear of a common pitfall, they make sure that they have their own sound. While there are obvious nods to the past, they aren't playing someone else's songs, the words and music are their own. The song So Slowly Fade has been stuck in my head since the first time I heard it, and I couldn't even tell you how many times I've gone back and listened to it. The first time I listened to this album I had a hardcore moving on to the next track, it's that good. While that song is easily my favorite, I don't skip any tracks when listening to this, that's a rarity for me, especially when I haven't had an album for very long.

Members of this band have appeared in Agnostic Front, but this has always been their top priority, this is their first real outing, so expect them to only get better in the future. This album is everything I like about hardcore: sincere, passionate, fast, intelligent, and catchy without all the things all the things that annoy me. I can't really ask for a whole lot more from a band. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes hardcore at all, I'm not trying to call On The Rise the savior of this genre or anything like that, but this is certainly a nice change of pace.

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Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

when i saw the album cover i literally rolled my eyes, but the review changed my mind. sounds like something to check out.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)


FortyMinutesWest (February 19, 2004)

All Hess' artwork quite similar, I mean it usually looks good, but it's a bit redundant.

Anonymous (February 19, 2004)

This is a really good review. I'm more than tired of these overbearing reviews that make albums to be the second coming of Christ or some shit (Albums that are given four stars, none the less.).

Anonymous (February 19, 2004)

hugo from on the rise is in heads vs. breakers.

to justify the burn comparison, the way the music moves along as well as certain guitar tones reminds me of burn. now combine that with some dag nasty-ish melodies, and that's how i interpret on the rise's sound.


janeandfinch (February 19, 2004)

... and Hess artwork is a terrible reason give an album a listen. enough scratchy looking angels already... Bukowski artwork, however, is a different story. His shit looks like it's been drenched in acid...

janeandfinch (February 19, 2004)

... awesome band. who in this band is in heads vs. breakers? their LP is god damn sweet too...

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

Is that Derek Hess artwork on the cover? If so, they deserve at least a listen.


Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

"Inspector-man said daddy-Snow, me stabbed someone down the lane, I licky boom-boom down."


FortyMinutesWest (February 17, 2004)

I don't hear the Burn comparison, so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

Fuckin' great album. These guys are severely underrated. I honestly don't get the Warzone/GB comparisons, instead, they remind me of a mix of Dag Nasty and Burn.


skankin_in_the_pit (February 17, 2004)

Good review. I need to get this. Any band with the great Mike Gallow of Agnostic Front on bass and Roger Miret producing has to be good.

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

this score is for bridge 9 records.
this label has never let me down, and on the rise is no exception

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

This score's for On The Rise. The album, too.

Anonymous (February 17, 2004)

I saw these guys like 3 years ago when they were just starting. Not bad. The score's for the Bad Brains cover they did that night, in a shit NY club during a minor snowstorm. Word.

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