Rise Against
Endgame


3.5
great

Review

by Ben. K USER (8 Reviews)
August 13th, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although not a return to their original Hardcore Punk status, it is a step in the right direction.

Appeal to Reason was Rise Against's official departure from their unique hardcore punk genre, and Endgame is not their return. That being said, it is definitely an improvement from the at best lackluster 'Appeal to Reason.' Tim McIlrath's singing is much improved in their latest album Endgame. Although it isn't a RPM or Siren Song, it is a step in the right direction.

Tim's vocals are brilliant at times in Endgame. In AtR the singing was much too clean, and to be honest lame. There was a certain lack of Tim's scream that is heard most notably in his side band, 'The Killing Tree'. There are small patches of growling in Endgame which certainly livens the album up. The Disparity by Design bridge is a good example of when he uses his diverse voice to scream. As always there is a lot of backing vocals behind Tim's lead, especially in the choruses. This occurs in nearly all of the songs, most notably in Help is on the Way and Wait for Me.

The structure of the songs are all similar, and much like Appeal to Reason many of the verses lack substance the roots of Rise Against had (The exceptions being Disparity by Design and This is Letting Go). When listening to one of their verses -which usually contains the occasional guitar and bass- the listener is often left wondering whether or when the song explodes. Which is when they hit the chorus. On the most part, the choruses in Endgame are unbelievably catchy and will leave anyone singing 'Architects' in the back of their mind. This is where Endgame departs from Appeal to Reason, as AtR's choruses are for the most part mediocre. Another place where Rise Against decide to pick up the pace is during the bridge, where the entire story (the lyrical genius behind Rise Against's lyrics is once again at his best) breaks down. This is best noted in Wait for Me and Satellite.

The guitar is similar to that of Appeal to Reason, with a few melodic tendencies to make Endgame rise above mediocrity. The songs are consistent with the exception of Midnight Hands. Endgame is merely a compilation of the best of Sufferer and the Witness and Appeal to Reason. That being said, it is still a good album and there is enough hints of the good Rise Against that fans can get hopeful.

Recommended Tracks
Architects
Satellite
Wait For Me
This is Letting Go



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2011


7314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review - especially for a first. For further reference, words can be italicized or bolded by using [i ] and [ /i] or [b ] and [b/ ] but without the spaces. Use them for album titles - makes the entire review look neater and more professional =)

Oh, and welcome to the site! Hope to see more from you around here!

taylormemer
August 13th 2011


4917 Comments


"Solid review - especially for a first"
Second actually.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2011


7314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It appears - after decades of suspicion - that I can't count to save my life lol.

#facepalm

Proworks31
August 13th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I used it in certain instances, but i didn't really use it as much as necessary because I got a
little lazy ;)
But thanks.

LOL Irving! :D

Tyrael
August 13th 2011


20930 Comments


It appears - after decades of suspicion - that I can't count to save my life lol.

#facepalm

Whenever Irving posts something I can't help but smile

Proworks31
August 13th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I laughed in real life and I was suggested to a mental institute for laughing at apprantley nothing.

TheSpirit
August 13th 2011


17946 Comments


Irving you must losing your touch

Appeal to Reason was Rise Against's official departure from their unique Hardcore Punk genre, and Endgame is not their return.


hardcore punk doesn't need to be capitalized

That being said, it is definitely and improvement from the at best lackluster 'Appeal to Reason.'


an

Although it isn't a RPM or Siren Song, but it is a step in the right direction.


take out 'but'

overall i'm sorry to say that i think this review isn't very well written. a lot of sentences are choppy and it seems really really unfocused. sorry




Tyrael
August 13th 2011


20930 Comments


Irving you must losing your touch

And you must be losing your spirit... Oh man that never gets old

Proworks31
August 13th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, I do realize I need to edit parts of it, my editing skills are kinda average.
thanks for your feedback.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2011


7314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahah I've decided to stop being a dick and going to town on folks for their reviewing mistakes. Ever since that Griff Fuller user called me FUTILE AND IRRELEVANT I've been traumatized.

Go on Tyrael, smile. Ily ;)

TheSpirit
August 13th 2011


17946 Comments


Idk, i always thought your criticisms were more a favor to the other users, I feel like you've probably helped so many people improved. I know you've helped me out one or two times

Irving
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2011


7314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmm, I'm glad there's someone who thinks that way. I was starting to think that it was kinda dickish of me to just turn up, unceremoniously dump on a review, and then leave =/

I dunno. We'll see. I'll try to find the best way possible to be a positive contribution to this here site...if that means not going nuts on the criticism side then so be it =/

PS - Sorry for derailing your thread, ProWorks31 =S

TheSpirit
August 13th 2011


17946 Comments



Hmmm, I'm glad there's someone who thinks that way. I was starting to think that it was kinda dickish of me to just turn up, unceremoniously dump on a review, and then leave =/


I understand, but I hope you still tear my reviews apart if need be haha, I'll always appreciate your criticisms

Tyrael
August 13th 2011


20930 Comments


I understand, but I hope you still tear my reviews apart if need be haha, I'll always appreciate your criticisms

Ah man I wish he would do that with me too...
Irving is just too nice!

toxin.
August 13th 2011


12679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. A tad short but still pretty informative.


Which is when they hit the chorus.

That's not a sentence. Fragments can be used as a plus in reviews (and in all forms of writing, actually), but that is awkward.

I do agree with TheSpirit that your writing is choppy, but I don't think it really made your review unbearable or anything.

Proworks31
August 13th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, yes I do enjoy criticism, especially if its about the actual review, not about the band or the album etc.



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