Rise Against
Endgame


4.0
excellent

Review

by NateT USER (6 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 80 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rise Against has taken what was good on Appeal to Reason and refined it, creating a sharper sound that sacrifices none of the energy that many felt was somewhat lost in parts of their last record.

Bands sell out. I see it happen all the time. A band gains too much commercial popularity and decides to make their next album as accessible as possible, abandoning what made them unique. After Appeal to Reason’s meteoric rise to number 3 on Billboard’s top 200, Rise Against fans across the globe were concerned if the band’s next album was going to be their sell out album. The album where they lost their energy and drive, making only radio-friendly songs with little lyrical meaning. I am happy to say that this album is not that album.

Now that’s not to say Rise Against has returned to its hardcore punk roots. Instead, they have taken what was good on Appeal to Reason and refined it, creating a sharper sound that sacrifices none of the energy that many felt was somewhat lost in parts of their last record. On another positive note, their lyrical content hasn’t suffered in the slightest. I would even go so far as to argue that Tim McIlrath has some of his most potent lyrics ever on this album.

The album starts off with the blazing song, “Architects,” and immediately it is clear that Rise Against is not phoning this in. The frenetic intro lead us into a song where McIlrath laments how “our heroes [and] our icons have mellowed with age,” and urges his listeners to go make a difference.

Next comes the song that everyone has heard, “Help is On the Way.” While not a bad song, I feel that this is one of the weakest on the album. It feels a tad repetitive and other than the very interesting bridge, it is a fairly generic song compared to what Rise Against has done.

Almost every song after this avoids falling into that trap. “Make It Stop (September’s Children)" is simply chilling, with McIlrath paying homage to the homosexual teenagers who committed suicide after being bullied by reading off their names towards the end of the song. “Survivor’s Guilt” talks from the point of view of a dead soldier and delivers some killer riffs. Rise Against’s guitars and McIlrath’s vocals bleed together as he tells a story of nuclear fallout in the energizing “Gentlemen’s Coup”. Meanwhile, the catchy “Wait for Me,” will be stuck in your head for days.

Another thing noticeable on this record is the anger. It is clear in almost every song that McIlrath is angry. It feels like he is using the music as a way to vent his frustration about a world that he feels is falling apart around him. And while screams are not a prominent part of this record, we do get a few satisfying lines in “Disparity by Design” and “Midnight Hands.”

Is this a perfect record or at least as good as “The Sufferer and the Witness?” No. It’s not quite as cohesive and has less diversity. It suffers from some songs that drag on a tad too long and areas where parts of the album bleed together. But I can assure you that this album is a step in the right direction for Rise Against and a solid offering from the Chicago quartet.

4.1/5

Recommended Tracks:

Survivor Guilt
A Gentlemen's Coup
Make It Stop (September's Children)
Wait for Me



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NateT
March 12th 2011


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album stream: http://www.myspace.com/riseagainst/music/albums/endgame-17382148

dimsim3478
March 12th 2011


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'.

Digging: The Pillows - Moondust

NateT
March 12th 2011


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks

AtavanHalen
March 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This is probably going to be awful.

Sanders
March 12th 2011


2353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This had better be good.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna try & have my review up come Monday, but FFAF may have taken a fair bit out of me.

I would say most people will rate this 0.5 above what they rated 'Appeal To Reason', although I'm most likely going to go the opposite way.

Captain North
March 12th 2011


6789 Comments


If there's no song that lives up to Savior, which is pretty much the only song I still listen to off of Appeal, I'm not interested.

JWT155
March 12th 2011


9300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Took me almost a year to fully appreciate Appeal, hope this is descent.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's no 'Savior' on here Tom.

Captain North
March 12th 2011


6789 Comments


Well fuck that, not wasting my download on this album.

JWT155
March 12th 2011


9300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stick it to the band!

Alucard125
March 12th 2011


535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Glad to hear that the drummer is sticking to the one beat he knows.

DoubtGin
March 12th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2.5-3

iluvtweepop
March 12th 2011


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my mates favourite band, be funny if it sucks (which it probs won't tbf)

LegendofPittman
March 12th 2011


2949 Comments


I've never liked this band. This is a pretty good review though.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Ponton
Emeritus
March 12th 2011


5804 Comments


This had a really strong, immediate impression on me. I don't think it will prove to last, but I think I'm comfortable with a 4. Maybe

DinoX
March 12th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I think I'm comfortable with a 1.5

Madkeloo
March 12th 2011


10 Comments


I hate it when people are whining on youtube or on forums that they're favourite band has "sold
out". I don't think we should accuse a band of selling out just because we don't like their new
sound, we don't know if they wanted to change their sound, or they did it for money and fame.
I'm not accusing RA of selling out even though I don't like their new sound as much as I liked their
"old" stuff, the pre-appeal to reason stuff.Why ? Because if someone would really listen to their
lyrics would nottice they are singing about the same things, they are fighting for the same ideals
they believed 6-7 year ago.
But most of the so called "real fans" judge them by their sound, and they don't care about their
lyrics.
So, after one listen to this album I think it's worse then Appeal to Reason, and I'm a big fan, in
fact they're by far my favourite band, but I really don't like their new sound, it's too slow, the
songs are too long, and are kinda boring. I don't feel the same anger, and the same energy that
made RA such a great and unique band.The lyrics are meaningful, it's obvious that they are fighting
for the same values as they did 10 years ago,but I just wish the sound would be at least a bit more
aggressive, and more fast-paced.
I'll give it another try, but after the first listen I'm a bit disappointed, and bored.
Maybe if you like alternative rock, or pop-punk you'll enjoy this album. Nevertheless RA is still
one of the few bands that are making good quality music.

Counterfeit
March 12th 2011


17819 Comments


hah

DinoX
March 12th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

long comments that make sense. Noob spotted.



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