Rise Against - Rise Against [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Rise Against

Rise Against: Rise Against [7-inch]Rise Against [7-inch] (2009)
Fat Wreck Chords

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Like most bands that "get big," sign to a major and ascend from the bowels of punk rock-dom, Rise Against get a fair bit of criticism these days, and not all of it is unfounded. After the precise and refreshing melodic hardcore of their first two Fat Wreck Chords full-lengths, Siren Song of the Coun.
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Like most bands that "get big," sign to a major and ascend from the bowels of punk rock-dom, Rise Against get a fair bit of criticism these days, and not all of it is unfounded. After the precise and refreshing melodic hardcore of their first two Fat Wreck Chords full-lengths, Siren Song of the Counter Culture began the world domination campaign with some fantastic songs, some generic songs, and an overproduced and disappointing guitar sound. The Sufferer and the Witness, meanwhile, was far more satisfying and attempted to remedy these faults, though it was not without a few cheesy and unnecessary moments ("The Approaching Curve" and its ridiculous spoken-word verses in particular).

2008's Appeal to Reason, the latest full-length, seemed even more geared toward mainstream adulation--alternative rock songs like "Audience of One" sat alongside acoustic ballad "Hero Of War", the pop-punk of "The Dirt Whispered" and even a couple of genuinely good, fast, hardcore-esque tracks like "Collapse (Post-Amerika)." Nevertheless, the direction did not seem a postive one, and new material was anticipated with dread and uncertainty.

And that's when, last year, fans of the band at their best were cautiously optimistic when Fat Wreck announced this 7" EP as an apparent result of the band "losing a bet" to Fat Mike (he also gets their firstborn children it seems...). Whatever the reason, the release features the two remaining songs from the Appeal to Reason sessions (one on each side)...and it's brilliant!

THIS is what Rise Against should sound like--furious bass, dirty and distorted guitars, and Tim's voice stripped back to its old fury. Side A, "Grammatizator" sounds straight off of Revolutions Per Minute, powering through with gang-vocal shouts and a speedy guitar solo in just over two minutes. At a similar length, "Voice of Dissent" maintains the sound and style with slightly more melody--and showcases Tim's scream in a way we haven't heard in too long.

The production on both is much more akin to the Chicago band's old stuff, and represents a real return to the feel of their Fat Wreck legacy whilst demonstrating the maturity and proficiency they have acquired since then.

Just when things seemed to point toward the end, Rise Against prove they can still play music that matters with this four-minute, three-second powerhouse. The new album might be the worst yet and the Nickelback comparisons might increase in bitterness, but just for a moment it feels like the band who once wrote masterpieces is still in there fighting to get out.


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devianter (November 22, 2010)

still waiting to see RA on fatwreck again. won't happen you say ? ..

Tudor (October 6, 2010)

Oh right tacos and playing in a band for 10 years, totally the same thing.

JayTee (September 27, 2010)

"Are they supposed to be the same band forever? I hate that aspect of "punk" mind-set."

and I hate THAt tired, possibly contrarian, excuse. If I like the music a band plays, I'd expect them to play that kind of music or else why the fuck would I bother? It's like, I like eating tacos. Favorite food. Why the fuck would I keep eating em if someone kept serving it to me as pork and mayonnaise wrapped in a tortilla?

spitfire411 (September 27, 2010)

If this band put out one of these 7" every time they release a new album, I wouldn't care what they do or what direction they go. These songs are great.
I saw them a few weeks ago at a festival and they were not very good at all. Their sound man should be fired, they sounded like shit.
Definitely not the band I remember watching opening for Strung Out so many years ago.

JayTee (September 27, 2010)

Just listened to both songs on youtube. Why the fucking piss won't they just make an entire album filled with this kind of stuff? I guarantee you Q101 will still shit themselves over them and play it just the same.

SPOT ON with your assessment of their career too.

Unraveling - Awesome
Revolutions - Perfect
Siren Song - Half good
Sufferer - Half good
Appeal - 1 good song

LeightonESmith (September 27, 2010)

need more The Killing Tree....

crayZsaaron (September 26, 2010)

Daww... maybe I shouldn't totally abandon them yet. Appeal to Reason did have a couple really good songs, but the rest was so generic.

levi-dolphin (September 25, 2010)

Agree with the review. these songs rock!!! hopefully new material will be faster than that stinker of a last album.

kylewagoner (September 24, 2010)

I like Tudor. I'm starting to warm up to a few songs on their newest album. It's taking me a longass time, though. My girlfriend made me actually sit down and listen to a song and its lyrics, and I must say I found some redeeming qualities in it.

mill83 (September 24, 2010)

Rise Against is smart - they make shitty, "Appeal To Reason" albums that sound like Nickelback to make big money, but they put out great stuff like this 7" in a "Ha, we know exactly what we're doing" kind of way.

Tudor (September 24, 2010)

I don't understand why people hate every RA record except the first two. I can understand the hate for the newest one and a few songs before that, but all their albums are solid. Are they supposed to be the same band forever? I hate that aspect of "punk" mind-set.

StraightToHell82 (September 24, 2010)

It's really baffling that they cut these two songs from Appeal To Reason. Same thing with "Elective Amnesia".... some of the best work from those sessions.

These 2 are good enough, but hopefully their next record is like The Unraveling or Revolutions Per Minute, because every album they do is a step down.

thirtyseconds (September 24, 2010)

Listened to it once, can't bring myself to do so again.

Solix (September 24, 2010)

This 7" almost makes me forgive RA for that thing they released in 2008. Almost. Next album needs more of this.

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