Rise Against
Endgame


4.0
excellent

Review

by rollnchew USER (5 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best bits of Appeal to Reason mixed with the Rise Against you fell in love with.

Appeal to Reason was not a bad album. In fact by most standards it was a very good album. It had radio-friendly hits like ‘Saviour’, political messages like ‘Re-Education’ and erm… ‘Hero of War’. Appeal to Reasons problem was its predecessors. All 3 of them are on pedestals so high that other albums look like ants, and rightly so. Every Rise Against fan has a different favourite and many just can’t decide on one. It was only a matter of time before Rise Against found an average gear and made an album that didn’t live up to the others. Appeal to Reason was that album and is undoubtedly the one that Endgame was going to be compared to the most.

So is Endgame the album you want it to be? Will it make you look back fondly at Appeal to Reason as that blip they had or as the album where it all started to go wrong? Are we going to have to start building another huge pedestal? Well you can exhale. It is better than Appeal to Reason. Rise Against aren’t going through the motions anymore.

‘Make it Stop (Septembers Children)’, a song about homosexual teenagers who have ended their lives over bullying, leaves you with that chilling feeling that ‘Hero of War’ was so obviously going for but this time succeeds. On the surface it’s all “woah”’s and chorus but the lyrics are some of the best the band have ever written. The part that stays with you though is at the end, where Tim McIlrath reads out the names and ages of those that the song was written for.Another stand out track and soon to be live favourite is ‘This Is Letting Go’. You could call it this albums ‘Saviour’/’Re-education’/’Prayer of the Refugee’ although only in reputation more than because of how it actually sounds. It boasts the most infectious chorus that isn’t infuriatingly samey (looking at you, ‘Help is on the Way’) and is likely to be the song winning over new fans.

‘Survivor Guilt’, ‘Broken Mirrors’ and ‘Disparity by Design’ have more than a shadow of Rise Against of old, with their solid drumming, screams and chorus that will be on your mind for days. Rise Against’s ace has always been the bridge. While the chorus is catchy, their bridges are the parts that get you. This is true of many of the tracks but none more so than lead single ‘Help is on the Way’. Despite being repetitive to annoyance you can forgive it because of the guitar riff in the bridge.

Endgame isn’t a return to ‘old’ Rise Against though. It’s the step forward that Appeal to Reason should’ve been. Their sound has evolved in a positive way. The tempo of the whole album is slower than previous ones but this has allowed them to experiment, like in ‘Midnight Hands’, with its dirty sounding guitar and vocals, and ‘Broken Mirrors’ intro riff, that is almost a nod to Pantera’s ‘Walk’. It has also allowed them to veer s close to middle-of-the-road as they could probably go successfully with ‘Wait for Me’. While most Revolutions per Minute fans will scoff that a slower tempo could lead to anything but disaster it really does work for them. It’s not commercial or glossy; it’s just not at breakneck speed.

So is Endgame the album you wanted? Well if you wanted Revolutions per Minute, Siren Song of the Counter Culture or The Sufferer and the Witness then no. You already have those albums, why would you want another copy? Endgame is its own album. There’s only a couple of weak points and the rest of the album is angry, heavy in parts and definitely grows on you the more listens you give it. Press play praying too hear the opening drums to ‘Chamber the Cartridge’ or the roar of ‘State of the Union’ then you’ve put the wrong CD in the player. Press play with an open mind and you will not be disappointed.


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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good review, correct rating

rollnchew
March 13th 2011


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks
I considered a 4.5 for while but I don't think it's quite there. It's a grower though so it might go up, you never know.

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011


971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review I'm so very excited to hear this now, I thought they were going to get worse and worse after appeal.

Couple of words missing in the conclusion though, 'you' in the first line and 'another' in the third. Pos anyway.

dimsim3478
March 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. Pos'.

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Motiv3
March 13th 2011


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review. This album for me is a 3-3.5

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porch
March 13th 2011


8460 Comments


rise against has done more for our planet then most ppl ever will. they changed how they looked at things. instead of being angry nd hating the planet they changed to more of a how can we make it better and stopped singin out of anger

hats off 2 u, rise agianst

CelestialDust
March 13th 2011


3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome review, i still need to listen to siren and revolutions per minute :O

There's something to like in every track here

rollnchew
March 13th 2011


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You need to listen to them. Siren Song is a 5 easily while I'd say RPM is a 4.8ish.

CelestialDust
March 13th 2011


3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will very soon

asaf
March 13th 2011


885 Comments


rise against... I caught them with A7X and Shai hulud back in 03 when van der Velde was touring for their farwell tour, but I have never gotten into them with intents of hopefully doing so on this release. but after reading:
‘Make it Stop (Septembers Children)’, a song about homosexual teenagers who have ended their lives over bullying" I think i'll pass. Too much message in the music for my taste. Not sure if it's even worth the torrent.

rollnchew
March 13th 2011


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first time I heard it I was pretty under-whelmed but it gets better.

CelestialDust
March 13th 2011


3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loved it first listen

djdougherty
March 13th 2011


52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea i was very underwhelmed at first, thought more boring radio songs, but damn after a couple more listens im really starting to dig it

Nicksta101
March 13th 2011


7 Comments


You hit the nail on the head with the opening paragraph. Excellent review, sir!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2011


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

album is decent

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tiesthatbind
March 13th 2011


7374 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

boring

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2011


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

^yea

rollnchew
March 13th 2011


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Niksta101 I think you mean ma'am/woman/ho (delete according to preference) Awkward...

Thanks though



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