Well my 3rd review. Iíve got a lot of bad comments about my last reviews so I hope this one is better.
Rise Against has got a lot of attraction with there new album Siren Song of the Sound Culture. Rise Against is recognized as one of the savers of Punk, saving punk from mainstream pop bands such as Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Senses Fail etcÖ I believe they deserve this title but not from there album Siren Song of the Sound Culture, donít get me wrong Siren Song of the Sound Culture is an amazing album that shows off how talented and different the band is form other mainstream punk bands. But if your are looking for pure energy tracks, intense punk screaming, hypnotic bass lines, perfect guitar power cords and freakishly fast drumming. You want The Unraveling. This cd really shows how in touch with punk the band is.
Rise Against is (from riseagainst.com)
ďWeíve played shows with a handful of different members. We played only one or two shows with a different drummer before Brandon graced us with his superb drumming ability and moved from Denver, Colorado to be in Rise Against. Mr. Precision was in the band until fall of 2001. Kevin White was in the band from Danís departure until May of 2002. Todd took over for guitar on the Strung Out tour that started at the end of May 2002. We parted ways with him in the spring of 2004 and recruited Chris Chasse of Reach The Sky fame."
I chose to highlight only a few of there songs off this cd because if I did a full track by track review you would have 18 paragraphs of, ďgood song, good singing, good drummingÖ" So any way
3. Great Awaking
To me, this is a punk song. No guitar into or anything. Right off the bat the whole band comes in with a very punk rift and beat. Tim screams at the top of his lungs for the first 20 seconds of the song then chorus comes and he starts to sing a little more but soon goes back to screaming. There are short bass lines but the guitar soon power cords its way in which gives it a very punk feel. The drummer stops ones in the song for about 3 seconds, but other than that he is consistently going a hundred miles per hour doing very simple but very fast drumming. The song being only 1:35 shows again how punk it is. 10/10
9. Reception Fades
Starts of with a man talking about People throwing bottles at your house and breaking there arms, it must be from a movie but Iíve never heard it before so Iím not going to say anything else about it. As for the actual song, it starts off with a sad guitar rift and a very simple but fast snare based drum beat. Timís vocals come in and change trough out the song from quite singing to loud screaming. The song is a very fast and sounds very punk and like nothing that was on Siren Song of the Sound Culture. 8/10
11. Ever Changing
This is probably there softest song on the album and best lyric wise. It starts off with Tim singing with a simple palm muted guitar rift. After a bit a fast drum beat kicks in with bass backing it. The song has a very sad tone but it eventually changes to a ďin your face mother fu-ker, were not gunna take that sh-t". Thereís a short solo that is impressive and sets the stage for Timís singing which really sets the tone for a really good song. 9/10
The songs I picked arenít the best ones; just the ones that I thought were good to review. Every song on this album is very well done. I really donít think they meant to put any filler on this cd.
Timís lyric writing and the bandís playing are just as good on this album as they were on any of there newer albums. So I guess you can say Rise Against hasnít changed too much since 2001, but they really havenít had to, because why would you improve on perfection.
Well there you have it. Now I really tried to have good grammar and good spelling. I probably messed up some were but please actually give me responses to the achual review and the points I made. Now I leave you with my favorite lyrics on this album.
in the face of change
is when she turned to me and said
"i'm not sure anymore..."
and there amidst the waves
and the cloudless skies
that blanket the year before
i watch my life wash ashore
have you ever been a part of something
that you thought would never end?
and then of course it did
have you ever felt the weight inside you
pulling away inside your skin?
and then something had to give
now the lines are drawn
is this feeling gone?
the best parts of this have come and gone
and now that is all this is
with the reasons clear
we'll spend another year
full of fear
but now things will be different
there's nothing simple when it comes to you and I
always something in this everchanging life
and it probably always will
now that time is getting harder to come by
the same arguments are always on our mind
we've killed this slowly fading light
now something has kept me here too long
and you can't leave me if i'm already gone
make the same mistakes we're always hanging on
break the promises we're always leaning on
all this time spent waking up
now i keep this line open to get this call from you
as you speak the words that keep me coming back
to you now this time it's all different
now something has kept me here too long
and now i'm gone?