Rise Against - The Unraveling (Cover Artwork)

Rise Against

The Unraveling (2001)

Fat Wreck Chords

Being the fan of pop-punk (and the occasional hardcore band), I bought my tickets to the NOFX show as soon as Ticketmaster had them listed. Whenever I go to a show, though, I like knowing about the bands I listen to, so I decided to borrow a friends copy of Rise Against - The Unraveling, because they were opening. I listened to it three of four times, and I liked it. When I finally went to the show, these guys opened up and they were savage on stage. They had a ton of energy, and played an incredible show. I went home and I listened to this album again, and all of a sudden I was in love with it.

These guys somehow remain hardcore but with vocals that can really get stuck in your head. The first five tracks on this album: "Alive and Well", "My Life Inside your Heart", "Great Awakening", "Six Ways 'Till Sunday" and "401 Kill" are some of the most insane and incredible tracks I've heard in a long time. The next 11 tracks (no, I won't listen to them) are also very good... in fact they're just about as good as the first ones I listed. That's rare in an album of any genre, but every single song is great.

This is their first album, and these guys have a very bright future if they can keep up the great job they've been doing. I recommend this album to absolutely anyone, because this is my new favorite CD. It takes something pretty damn good to replace Ignite's newest album in my CD player, but this has done it.