Rise Against
Endgame


2.0
poor

Review

by Detriment USER (4 Reviews)
March 15th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rehashed, boring.

Rise Against is a band that I’ve always respected. They consistently released some great albums, each release with some iconic songs that all the fans know and love. Not only have they been known to write some damn good music, but they are also known to be activists. Whether you agree with their views or not, you have to admit that they at least deserve respect because they’re doing something, fighting for their beliefs while most of the population is too apathetic or lazy to fight for what they believe in. While I still have a great deal of respect for the band, I cannot help but be disappointed after listening to Endgame. By no means do I think the band has sold out or doubt their sincerity, but it sounds like they have musically run out of ideas.

Taking a look at their back catalog, their songs had plenty of passion, clever lyrics, and energy. Endgame falls flat on these things, being mostly a rehashed version of Appeal to Reason (with small attempts at incorporating a little of their old sound). There were many moments when I was listening to it and thought, “I swear I’ve heard that same riff/vocal line before.” I hate to be one of “those” people, but some of the choruses on this album sound ridiculously radio friendly and cringe-inducing. Not only that, but most of the songs are just plain boring and seem uninspired. Much of the energy from past albums is gone and the songwriting sometimes sounds lazy. Help is On the Way is a prime example of all of these things.

Despite all of this, I commend them on the fact that they kept their controversial lyrical topics and didn’t sugar them up to make it more accessible. Make It Stop (September’s Children) is a good example of this. As you probably already know by now, it’s about young men who committed suicide because of bullies tormenting them because of their sexuality. Even though I thought the song as a whole was just ok, the topic was quite thought provoking and McIlrath reading off the names of those people was a powerful thing. There are some decent songs on this release: Disparity by Design, Satellite, and Survivor Guilt are easily the highlights.

After a streak of four solid releases they finally released a dud. Most bands can’t go more than two albums without releasing a less than phenomenal album, so in that sense this band still deserves a lot of praise. All they need to do is find that old spark (even Appeal to Reason had some of this) that made them so great in the first place.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigHans
March 15th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I agree on some of the points, but I disagree with your rating. For me, a 2 is a truly atrocious album. And while this isn't near their best, its pretty decent at worst.

Apollo
March 15th 2011


10307 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, I agree with most points actually

danielito19
March 15th 2011


5547 Comments


Agree with fucking everything. I just want another Siren Song or Sufferer tbh :D

JWT155
March 15th 2011


9259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure it's rehashed but I still dig this album.

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chesse13
March 15th 2011


3176 Comments


this breaks my heart

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Ire
March 15th 2011


41780 Comments


this breaks my heart

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2011


28523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

megadeth

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EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011


156 Comments


check out the dudes who gave it a 5.0

Alucard125
March 15th 2011


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

My thoughts exactly, thanks for this review. Pos'd.

EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011


156 Comments


dude academys right they ripped the name from megadeth fucking pricks daves gonna go crazy and kill all these fags

EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011


156 Comments


the rope is tight

EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011


156 Comments


dude i would but im committed to hard jams inc atm

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album Rating: 4

Ire
March 15th 2011


41780 Comments


rush - endgame

EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011


156 Comments


we do a gorguts inspired version of cinderella man its pretty crazy

AN HONEST MAN FROM MANDRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE m/

Damrod
Moderator
March 17th 2011


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This more or less sums up my thoughts of the album.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2011


16014 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Great first review man. Keep it up. I also agree with everything you said about this album.

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notthesun613
April 5th 2011


35 Comments


And once again Rise Against sounds like Rise Against

Which hasn't been a good thing since Revolutions Per Minute


simonpettersen
April 28th 2011


272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, agree on all of the points you argue for, although I like Help is On the Way, even though it's a self-replica.

cagedbutterfly
October 3rd 2012


226 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very good review



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