Rise Against - The Unraveling (Cover Artwork)

Rise Against

The Unraveling (2001)

Fat Wreck Chords

In case you already don't know, Rise Against is made up of two ex- members of 88 Fingers Louie, Dan and Joe. Rise Against has only been round a short while and they have already signed to Fat Wreck Chords which is very impressive.

I'm from around Chicago and have been a fan of the scene for years. I grew up on all Chicago bands, especially 88 Fingers Louie. When I heard of this new band, I was overjoyed because I've been waiting for a year or two for a band out of Chicago to be actually good. Rise Against is one of the most promising hardcore bands to form in a while and I'm not talking about Chicago only, I'm talking about the whole country.

"The Unraveling" is Rise Against debut album and it rocks hard from start to finish. Lets just say that this is so good that there isn't one track on here you should skip over. The best tracks are clearly on the first half of the c.d. Stand outs worth mentioning are "Six Ways Till Sunday", "401 Kill", "Alive And Well", and "My Life, Your Heart".

Sure, allot of this sounds like 88 Fingers Louie, but is that even bad? No way. I've been waiting for a band like this to come along in a long, long time and they're finally here-this is the band thats actually given me hope for the current lackluster Chicago scene. Definitely a contender for debut of the year.