I Rise - Down (Cover Artwork)

I Rise

I Rise: DownDown (2007)
1917 Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
(others by this writer | submit your own)

iTunes StoreAmazon

I Rise has risen to prominence over the last two years due to intense, confrontational live shows that wonderfully showcase their brand of heavy `90s hardcore ¡ la a less metallic 108. While they have their first official full-length, For Redemption., set to drop very soon, only recently did I finally get ahold of 2007's collections disc, Down.

The opener and title track is possibly the best song the band's written to date (well, not including the sessions for For Redemption., of course). As vocalist Nick Kantarelis stutters the title and guitars come slamming in, one's instantly reminded of Snapcase, and it's the most energetic and rambunctious they sound on Down; further songs more directly address I Rise's key influence, however. The newer tracks here are a caustic mix of frustration and keen observation, while they get political on "Darfur," condemning the common man's apathy towards such a crisis. The re-recordings of their demo tracks ("Burn," "Feared") are tight and flow perfectly within the newer songs as well.

Tacked on are the songs from the split with Soul Control and their four-song demo. In the liner notes, the lyrics for "Burn" and "Feared" are listed for both versions of each, which is sort of pointless being that none of the lyrics were changed on the re-recordings.

I Rise have managed to find a mid-tempo groove that works pretty well for them, and imaginably they've perfected it for the LP. But checking out the roots of it on Down sure doesn't hurt.

Burn (demo)
Feared (demo)
Realism (demo)
Rise (demo)

Bleak, Blacked and Fake


People who liked this also liked:
Capital - HomefrontVerse - AggressionHave Heart - Songs to Scream at the SunPaint It Black - New LexiconSelf Defense Family - We Understand Europeans Are a Sexual People [7 inch]I Rise - For RedemptionShook Ones / End of a Year - Split [7 inch]Self Defense Family - End of a Year [7 inch]The Ataris - So Long, AstoriaBigwig - Unmerry Melodies

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
SaladFingers (June 17, 2008)

i got this after reading the reviews, not that impressed to be honest.

they sound like they may one day make a serious stamp on hardcore though...

douglas_is_rad (June 15, 2008)

One of my favorite 7"s of last year (was it last year? I think so...). Good job on not making a RATM comparison, which is something I hear a lot when people talk about this band. They are super tight at their live shows, which makes them awesome.

hellhavenofury (June 14, 2008)

hardcore punk that is

hellhavenofury (June 14, 2008)

i'm pretty sure anything 1917 puts out is golden in that old-school sounding punk sense

sugarfull (June 14, 2008)

The free music was a nice touch to this review. Good job.

blanktapesemptybottles (June 13, 2008)

pretty good stuff, the reviewer should have mentioned that it's got a melodic edge to it, so it's not metal hardcore it's kind like old youth crew meets better music

Exclusive Streams


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Managing Editor

Adam White

Contributing Editors

Kira Wisniewski Brittany Strummer Armando Olivas John Flynn Chris Moran John Gentile Mark Little

Copy Editor

Adam Eisenberg Britt Reiser

Podcast Producer

Greg Simpson


Aubin Paul

ISSN 1710-5366

© Copyright 1999-2013 Punknews.org

Terms of Use Privacy Policy Contact Us About Punknews.org

Other Places to Go