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Rise Against: The Unraveling [reissue]The Unraveling [reissue] (2005)
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Featuring two former members of 88 Fingers Louie (who I never much cared for), Rise Against's debut, The Unraveling, was first released in 2001. At the time, I didn't think it was very good. Not as bad as some of the worst Honest Don's or Fat Wreck Chords releases, but I had it rated really low as f.
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Featuring two former members of 88 Fingers Louie (who I never much cared for), Rise Against's debut, The Unraveling, was first released in 2001. At the time, I didn't think it was very good. Not as bad as some of the worst Honest Don's or Fat Wreck Chords releases, but I had it rated really low as far as something I wanted to listen to. In fact, it soured me so much I never gave 2003's Revolutions Per Minute, which was a huge leap forward in songwriting and sound quality, much of a chance. It wasn't until Siren Songs Of The Counter-Culture was released in 2004 that I came back around to this band. So, yes, I'm a bandwagon-jumping major label poser, sue me. The conventional "punk rock" wisdom seems to be that RPM is the best album, but my favorite, as slick as it is, is SSCC. There goes all my street cred, but, after having gotten way into the latter Rise Against albums, I went back to The Unraveling to give it another shot.

What I discovered was that the production by Mass of Sonic Iguana ("specializing in recording punk rock") and Rise Against wasn't their best work. In my opinion, the drums and low-end are too high, the vocals too buried, it's somewhat muddy overall, and it doesn't do a lot of favors to the music or the band. (This seems to be more of a factor on car stereos and portable players when I've listened to it.) Their self-produced Transistor Revolt demos sounded just as good or better ("Reception Fades" and "The Art Of Losing" were re-recorded for The Unraveling). But, it turns out that the songs, while certainly not as strong as their later work, weren't really bad at all; they were actually pretty good (I particularly like "Great Awakenings," "Six Ways 'Til Sunday," and the "Henry Fool" sample before "Reception Fades.") I still find the album on the long side, but overall, very solid melodic hardcore. This is not pop-punk, folks. As bastardized and meaningless as that term has become (esp. for an early-90's pop-punk fanatic), this still ain't it.

The remixed and remastered re-release adds two bonus tracks, "Join The Ranks" (another song off the Transistor Revolt demo) from 2001's Fat Music Vol. 5: Live Fat, Die Young compilation and "Gethsamane" from 2003's OIL: Chicago Punk Refined compilation. There is now only one Transisitor Revolt song ("Two") that has yet to be officially released in some form. Even without the bonus tracks, though, this is the rare reissue that is worth rebuying and is absolutely the version you want to pick up if you haven't got it yet. Bill Stevenson (Blasting Room producer, drummer for the Descendents, ALL, Black Flag, and Only Crime) did an excellent job remixing and remastering this release. All the instruments are in the right place in the mix and the overall sound is now crisp and punchy.

The packaging has been improved, as well. The booklet layout is much more readable and there is a letter from Tim reflecting on how far they've come in the past five years. Overall, this release is one of the more worthwhile reissues to come down the pipeline lately, and not simply a crass attempt to cash in on Rise Against's current popularity.

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For fans of: Gorilla Biscuits, Bad Religion, Good Riddance, Dag Nasty, Strike Anywhere, 88 Fingers Louie

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Rise Against - Revolutions Per MinuteRise Against - The Sufferer & the WitnessRise Against - Siren Song Of The Counter CultureRise Against - The UnravelingThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!No Trigger - CanyoneerBad Religion - The Empire Strikes FirstBad Religion - No ControlRise Against - Appeal to ReasonA Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner

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Nomorekidsagain (July 26, 2013)

If anybody stumbles over this post of mine - any idea why they are refusing to play the songs anymore live? I mean, I am older than the group members and I can't find any "pathetic teenage lyrics" or songs in general that I would be ashamed to play in my mid-30s. Wasthere ever a statemnt why they absolutely REFUSE to play them nowadays?

The record ranks slightly behind RPM as their second best imo. It's kick ass fast songs with melodic structures and way more long long living and interesting than their newer stuff. It's so absolutely 5* it couldn't be any more 5 star

thomas7155 (September 6, 2007)

actually, i'm listening to this right now and i'm liking it alott more than i did before. its a shame that they don't play these songs anymore. and three-quarters of their fanbase doesn't know this exists.

thomas7155 (August 31, 2007)

pretty good record. "Reception fades" is probably my favorite.

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

The fact that you couldn't appreciate the original when it came out is sad. I know it didn't sound as good as it should of BUT it was still amazing. Espcially in comparison to 90 percent of the bands out there during that time.

Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

So is that song "Two" a demo version of 401 Kill? When I had Limewire, everytime I looked for Two, I got that demo of 401 Kill.

I've heard a song they never released on a live video from 2000, I always wondered if that song was Two

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Its funny when there are new reviews up all the cool kids comment on the older ones

jockmcbored (September 4, 2005)

the against me! review is pretty week in my opinion. I haven't got the CD yet but your review told me nothing about the record, simply your musings. Like someone has posted on your review, you do seem to be after a music journo job as it is in that style of what you think of the band not the record.

the unravelling is pretty good

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Outstanding re-issue. I'd give the original a 7 and this one a 10. The two new songs are both amazing and all the other songs sound so much better. The original release wasn't bad but it was one of those cd's that you'd get to song 10 and you really didn't notice any songs that stood out. With the rematering several songs stand out now.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Was this review even necessary...the original got the same damn score. Fuck re-releases. I hate paying for something twice. Corporate America is a Bitch.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

redcross.org please donate your merch money now!

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I am a refugee from New Orleans. This was the only record I took with me when I evacuated. All of my other music back home is destroyed (I'm assuming).

This record now holds a special place in my heart. Been listening to it for thousands of miles. on the road. The lyrics from the song "The Unraveling" really hit home right now.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I saw THE NEW LOWS on thursday Night in NYC. These guys put on one hell of a show. Download their FREE EP @ www.thenewlows.net The price is right.

psychoos231 (September 3, 2005)

This score is for you not caring for 88 Fingers Louie

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

It's just nice to see Gavin R. working again. Too bad Gwen isn't in the band too.

TheCaptain (September 3, 2005)

"Yeah I'm nuts I guess...Once again, It's my goddamned fucking opinion...no one elses. It truly chaps my ass when you get slammed for stating your personal opinion..it's especially bad on this site. I don't give a blue fuck how good you think "revolutions per minute" was...I hated it. But am I calling you nuts for liking it...nope. I will call you a douchebag...you know, for being a douchbag."

You offered your opinion, which was "fuck them, they only have one good song." Then I offered mine, which was "you're nuts...RPM is one of the best albums I've ever heard." So why are you bitching like a hyper-sensitive teenage girl on PMS?

Dante3000 (September 3, 2005)

Oh that thing about Tims fro on the disc was a joke. I am kinda sad it isn't there, but that's only because it was funny looking. But otherwise I don't care. This, however, is a re-issue worth being done. Since the original version sounded like it was recorded in a trash can with a tape deck over the phone.
-Dante

krokus (September 3, 2005)

Yeah I'm nuts I guess...Once again, It's my goddamned fucking opinion...no one elses. It truly chaps my ass when you get slammed for stating your personal opinion..it's especially bad on this site. I don't give a blue fuck how good you think "revolutions per minute" was...I hated it. But am I calling you nuts for liking it...nope. I will call you a douchebag...you know, for being a douchbag.

---Travis

rkl (September 3, 2005)

i bought this when it came out, because i love 88fl, and i really, really wanted to like this. after listening to it all the way through and feeling bleh, i told myself i just needed to give it a chance. i tried to nurture it along with repeated listenings, but it would never behave.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

get off the reviewer cuz I just got off your mom.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

"I just saw on the wikpedia article for Tim that he was once in a band with the guy from fallout boy. So what little respect for rise against has been lost."

Fall Out Boy members all came from legitimate hardcore bands. Now they're just making bank.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

That AM! review really hits the nail on the head...regardless of whether or nit you like the album (personally, I can't get enough of it even though it does feel a little strange at first) My opinions on all these re-issues is non-existant...

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

"Where are the re-releases of the Koro 7", Damnable Excite Zombies and all the other impossible-to-find bands?"

Koro don't have a music video that goes on during Degrassi with some ugly guy getting wheeled around in a Radio Flyer.

Although Blap deserves music video treatment.

-Will

TheCaptain (September 2, 2005)

"There is one good song on here, "everchanging". That's it. it's the only good rise against song ever. Fuck them. When it comes to Chicago punk rock, listen to the bollweevils or horace pinker."

Their only good song? You're nuts. RPM is one of the best punk records I've ever heard.

TheCaptain (September 2, 2005)

"What the fuck! This CD just showed up in my mail today and it's absolute bullshit! The fucking CD (that originally had the picture of Tims fro) is just a plain looking CD. Way to sell out!"

I was glad they took Tim's face off the disc. That looked ridiculous. I really have nothing negative to say about this reissue. Sounds great, and the bonus tracks are solid.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

I just saw on the wikpedia article for Tim that he was once in a band with the guy from fallout boy. So what little respect for rise against has been lost.

krokus (September 2, 2005)

There is one good song on here, "everchanging". That's it. it's the only good rise against song ever. Fuck them. When it comes to Chicago punk rock, listen to the bollweevils or horace pinker.

---Travis.

kenfuggit (September 2, 2005)

wait wait wait wait.....A re-release of a record from 2001?!? What the fuck is that? Why are they re-issuing such a popular band anyway? Where are the re-releases of the Koro 7", Damnable Excite Zombies and all the other impossible-to-find bands?

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

Oh, I got the new AM! on vinyl (cd too) and that shit is the bomb. I think it was totally supposed to be done as a record. The gate fold, the two LP, the packaging it seems like a way more complete package as a record. The CD is cool and all but the record tells the story better. If my car could play records I'd never buy CD's.
-Dante

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

What the fuck! This CD just showed up in my mail today and it's absolute bullshit! The fucking CD (that originally had the picture of Tims fro) is just a plain looking CD. Way to sell out!
Still it sounds a million times better.
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

Jones, do you have a job?

i quit my job in the beginning of summer to go bowling, post on the internet, and finish up in school....

i havent been doin a whole lot of the first or third things, but i've been whacking it and doing way too much of the second

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

psychoos231 (September 2, 2005)

It sucks? eh i prefer it over the mediocre As the Eternal Cowboy

Crookedsuperhero (September 2, 2005)

Guess what? People don't like Against Me's new album because it sucks, not because they think they sold out.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Hey reviewer, don't assume that everyone who disagrees with you is a cliche hipster/elitist/scenester.

Maybe we just think your opinion of music sucks.

Thanks,
Will

kirbypuckett (September 2, 2005)

"I'm too lazy to boot up my iPod..."< a>

...and by boot you mean press the "menu" button?

You are lazy.

- Kirby

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Fuck this review. This doucher just read Rise Against's discography somewhere, searched the internet for other Rise Against info, and tried to make his review sound like he knew what he was talking about by name dropping. Fuck you.

-Zackass

TenderBransonX (September 2, 2005)

The score is for this review and that against me! review. I enjoyed both of them. About this album I feel pretty much the way I feel about all 3 of the Rise Against albums, there are a few tracks that are really fun to listen to and a bunch that I just don't care about.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Jones, do you have a job?

TheCaptain (September 2, 2005)

Good question, Jones. 'Fraid I don't know the answer.

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

when a band reissues something, do the sales of the reissue add to the sales of the original when considering something going gold or what have you? or is it considered a different album?

- jones the bones

- yourmomma@myhouse.net

TheCaptain (September 2, 2005)

Southpawnation, I like your Against Me review. Nicely done.

stricken (September 2, 2005)

"Featuring two former members of 88 Fingers Louie (who I never much cared for)"

i stopped right there...

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

You filthy fucking queerbate reviewer you. How is the new Clutch? I totally blanked that it was even coming out. I had it marked on a calander, that I lost, and as a result totally forgot it had even come out. And besides I don't really agree with your feelings about the original album, but who cares? I've already ordered the reissue (losing the original and all).
-Dante

southpawnation (September 2, 2005)

Speaking of sellouts, if you kids really want to get your panties in a twist and rip on me some more, you can read my review of the new Against Me!.

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

hahah

jones you're a fucking idiot so i couldn't care less what you think. my post was just fucking around, i don't care if the guy likes the older one but his sellout comment was retarded.

i'll fucking kill for calling me an idiot, asshole

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

hahah

jones you're a fucking idiot so i couldn't care less what you think. my post was just fucking around, i don't care if the guy likes the older one but his sellout comment was retarded.

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

seriously now, I just beat the living shit out of a kid for digging Soul Coughing more than A Wilhelm Scream... you seriously wanna fuck around?!!!!
Funniest comment ever.
-Dante

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

seriously now, I just beat the living shit out of a kid for digging Soul Coughing more than A Wilhelm Scream... you seriously wanna fuck around?!!!!

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

Go jump in a snake pit with slit wrists after shooting up 160 mg of oxycodone ryandestroy, you're a fucking loser.

wow....wow...all because the guy likes the original release and doesnt like new RA...wow...

whos the loser?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Go jump in a snake pit with slit wrists after shooting up 160 mg of oxycodone ryandestroy, you're a fucking loser.

southpawnation (September 2, 2005)

Yep, forgot at add links for Rattail Grenadier, Squirtgun, and Screeching Weasel for Mass.

I knew there was one old Rise Against song out there they left off, for some reason I thought it was "Two." I didn't double-check the demo tracks against the CD, apologies.

The comp track not included is "Obstructed View" from Your Scene Sucks (2002).

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

omfg the reviewer is a bandwagon-jumping major label poser

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

gethsamnae is a great song

but not great enough for me to spell correctly

- jones the bones

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

where is the houston calls review????

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

" the drums and low-end are too high"

do you even listen to rock music?

do you get hip hop records and complain the guy is just 'talking'? is that you?

reissues are the new teaser ep. or, lame.

wyzo

Anchors (September 2, 2005)

omg!!! punk rawk classic!!!

Why was this reissued? It's like, five years old.

In their defense, the songs were remastered to sound a whole shit ton better. That, and fucking Hawthorne Heights reissued an album that wasn't even a year old, so I think I can let this one slide.

crackpotdemagogue (September 2, 2005)

"the drums and low-end are too high, the vocals too buried, it's somewhat muddy overall, and it doesn't do a lot of favors to the music or the band."

Bullshit. The original release is fucking fantastic. It has a kinda raw sound about it, which is how a band like Rise Against should sound. None of this polished, distortionless, happy-go-lucky, million dollar recording studio bullshit.

Still the best Rise Against album by a mile, back when they beleived that 'selling out is giving up'. Oh how times have changed.

Also, nice to see Fat cashing in on the fact RA are now a fashionable band.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

gethsamnae is a great song

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

joeg (September 2, 2005)

it's about time we had another rise against review. it's been what, 3 weeks since the last one?

hubitcherkokov (September 2, 2005)

My favorite Rise Against album, followed by Siren Song. Personally, RPM really doesn't do all that much for me.

gladimnotemo (September 2, 2005)

omg!!! punk rawk classic!!!

Why was this reissued? It's like, five years old.

Mute98 (September 2, 2005)

im a fan of all those bands and hate RA

jamespastepunk (September 2, 2005)

The packaging is much better, and Tim contributes a page worth of thoughts to the newly enhanced booklet. Alive and Well sounds like a herd of thundering horses three feet away...God, that song kills now.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

On the Transistor Revolt demo, there are four songs. Those songs are 401 Kill, The Art Of Losing, Join The Ranks, and Reception Fades. They are ALL on this rerelease.

A few posts down, don't worry about booting up your iPod, because you my friend, were CORRECT! :)

joshcbfl

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

HAHA Bitches! I lost my original CD of this about a year ago. And just yesterday (pay day) I ordered the new version through Fat. So I do feel kind of dumb for buying it twice but at least I don't own two copies...This post makes me seem stupider with every new word. Still, I love RA those first two albums tore it up, SSCC was alright but not as good. Here's to hoping.
-Dante

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

the first 2 cds are hot

maverick (September 2, 2005)

This seriously sounds about a million times better than it originally did. Plus, the best RA song ever ("Gesthamane") was included, so hopefully that will expose more people to it (and get more people yelling for it at shows, which will in turn get the band to play it).

-Scott

BrandonSideleau (September 2, 2005)

I'm starting to wonder if these guys keep doing Black Flag stuff because of Bill Stevenson.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

poo hed reviewer

blade-runner (September 2, 2005)

On a totally unrelated subject, visit this site!

http://www.tourettesguy.com/videos.htm

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

I'm too lazy to boot up my iPod and figure it out but i'm 99% sure that "Two" was on the Unraveling with a different name.

And Join The Ranks was not the Bomb Shelter version released on the Fat Comp, my guess is that it was recorded for the album with the rest of the tracks and left off once the decision was made to put it on that comp.

So that's my two cents of nearly sure, unconfirmed bits of input.

Oh yeah, and this CD has always rocked and rocks even harder now.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Sorry- not even top ten fat band for me.

That loud about loathing ep makes me hungry for new Nmb.

Barkley

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

I bet the reviewer owns Staind & Godsmack cds.

Crookedsuperhero (September 2, 2005)

Ok band. Some good songs, more forgettable ones.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

How about Mass from Squirtgun or Screeching Weasel. I know he works there at that studio as well but damn the kids don't care about Mass from whatever studio.

Ignitedude (September 2, 2005)

Lame review. How can you not like this album. Its one of the pinacles of melodic hardcore. Awesome stuff.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

A knob? you're an Aussie arentcha?

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Reviewer is a knob and wouldnt know his ass from a hole in the ground! The cd is (and always had been a classic). You said it yourself, you are a bandwagon jumping fuck. This disc (along with the latter 88FL stuff) is above and beyond anything that RA has ever done. I recommend you do you're research before you review anything ever again.

dazed (September 2, 2005)

I like this album (best by Rise Against), but there's no way in hell I'm buying it again.

psychoos231 (September 2, 2005)

What kind of review is this? That FOR FANS OF thing was just a waste.

Lets here it for Rise Against.. HO!

TheCaptain (September 2, 2005)

All their albums are great, but RPM is by far the best.

This reissue sounds great. This was an album that definitely needed it, and they pulled it off well. The extra songs are pretty good too.

Scruffy (September 2, 2005)

Stupid computer. Stupid alcohol. Double post.

Scruffy (September 2, 2005)

I got this after RPM. Honestly, the artwork turned me off when it first came out. I didn't really like it, but if the bass is better, maybe I should hear it. Joe is one of my favorite bassists in punk. His work on Back On The Streets is freaking awesome.

Scruffy (September 2, 2005)

I got this after RPM. Honestly, the artwork turned me off when it first came out. I didn't really like it, but if the bass is better, maybe I should hear it. Joe is one of my favorite bassists in punk. His work on Back On The Streets is freaking awesome.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

i know that rereleaseing this cd so soon may seem nuts, but the original recording was lacking. The drums and the bass really suffered. I have yet to here this, but i imagine they fixed it.

fistchode (September 2, 2005)

no offence, but I didn't like this review. I suppose its audience just isn't me.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

fat wreck chords and every band signed to them can suck balls

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Rise Against is like AWS watered down! HA! First!

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