Rise Against
The Black Market



by overdriveisclassy USER (1 Reviews)
July 9th, 2014 | 5 replies

Release Date: 07/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Endgame 2.0 with a few surprises mixed in that you will either love or hate.

It’s been 3 years since Rise Against’s last release, Endgame. Rumors spread that this album would return to Rise Against’s heavier roots. Those rumors were wrong.

The Black Market is a rock album with punk influence. Rise Against have left their punk days behind in favor of a new sound. ‘The Eco-Terrorist In Me’ is the most hardcore song on the album, meaning it will be the favorite of many looking for more classic Rise Against. On the other side of the spectrum we’ve got pop-punk track “Tragedy + Time” and the pop-rock song “Sudden Life”. Otherwise, there’s more of the rock and blues-influence from Endgame filling the rest of the album.

This album has its moments. The undeniably catchy chorus of “The Great Die Off”, the refreshing bridge of “A Beautiful Indifference”, and the bluesy instrumentation of “The Black Market” are a few. The consistently interesting vocal hooks of “Awake Too Long” make it a standout track, along with the acoustic ballad “People Live Here”. “People Live Here” is noticeably different from Rise Against’s previous acoustics, sounding like a dark folk song. However it has the powerful lyrics and intimate feel that we’ve come to expect from Tim’s standout acoustic songs.

The surprise hit from this album is “Methadone”. A slower song that Rise Against manages to nail, the chorus will leave many with frisson running through them. The song style is something different for Rise Against and it plays out very well. These days Tim’s voice does not convey the energy of the band and the songs easily become bland. With Tim’s new “bored” singing style, we need more well done soft songs such as “Methadone”. I hope to see it in the next album.

The Black Market is a refined Endgame with some experimentation of other styles. Rise Against is not reliving their prime any time soon, but I can’t help missing Tim’s old vocal style. The lack of intense passion being conveyed to the listener is the biggest thing plaguing Rise Against’s recent albums. There are still great moments in Rise Against’s new rock style, but they don’t compare to what they were in their prime.

Recommended Tracks:
Awake Too Long
The Eco-Terrorist In Me
People Live Here

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July 9th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty good review, I recognize your name from YouTube btw

July 9th 2014


Good review, nice and simple. This album was good for the first few listens but now it seems kind of empty. Easily one of the most polarizing albums ive heard.

Ah well, better than Endgame.

July 10th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I thought Endgame was Appeal to Reason 2.0

Ocean of Noise
July 10th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Rise Against should have ended their career with The Sufferer And The Witness, though they still release some good songs here and there. Good review, pos

Digging: The 3rd and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth

July 11th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@BMDrummer: Thanks! And wow, that's cool someone recognized me!

@VaxXi: I agree, it's not great but it is better than Endgame.

@TheSupernatural: I've heard that, but don't agree. Endgame did bring a new enough style with all of its blues influence that wasn't found it Appeal to Reason.

@OceanMechanic: While The Sufferer and the Witness is their greatest album, I'm glad they're still making music as I enjoy following my favorite band through a long career. And thanks.

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