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Rise Against Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by CoffeeEyes17, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    Rise Against is an American melodic hardcore/punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. Former members are guitarists Dan Wlekinski, Kevin White, Todd Mohney and Chris Chasse, and drummers Toni Tintari and Dan Lumley.

    The band spent its first four years signed to the independent record label Fat Wreck Chords, on which it released two studio albums, The Unraveling (2001) and Revolutions per Minute (2003). Both the albums met with considerable underground success, and in 2003 the band signed with the major label Geffen. Their major label debut Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004) brought the band mainstream success, producing several successful singles. Their next two albums, The Sufferer & the Witness (2006) and Appeal to Reason (2008), were also successful and peaked at number ten and number three on the Billboard 200 chart, respectively. Appeal to Reason was followed three years later by Endgame (2011).[1] All four albums released via Geffen were certified platinum in Canada, while three of these albums were certified gold in the United States.

    Rise Against is also known for their advocacy of progressivism, supporting organisations such as Amnesty International and the It Gets Better Project. The band actively promotes animal rights and most of the members are straight edge (excluding Barnes), PETA supporters and vegetarians.
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  2. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    I really really really like this band a lot, despite the stale criticism they get. I enjoy the topics they cover and I met Tim once and he was a really genuine guy. Really looking forward to an album this year if we get one
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  3. I'm a big fan of their first 3 albums, but definitely not their last two. I can't remember if I like The Sufferer or not.
  4. smoke4thecaper

    out of context reference Supporter

    I'm still a fan, although not as much as I was 10 years ago. Curious to see what direction they go in on the next record.
  5. beachdude

    I'm not brave Prestigious

    I'm not as big of a fan as I used to be, but I still really dig them.
  6. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    i really liked your review of their recent album on Sputnik. I really liked that album.

    This band is kind of like Bayside for me in that, yes I acknowledge that theyve basically made the same album like 4 times in a row, but Tims voice, their progressive stance and broad range of song topics, the guitars, the way they balance melody and aggression, it just works for me.
  7. beachdude

    I'm not brave Prestigious

    I agree with that comparison. Some bands don't need to dramatically evolve to keep putting out music that speaks to you. And thanks! It's actually been a while since I've listened to that album, gotta give it another spin soon.
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  8. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    I feel like this is a band I should love but for whatever reason I'm pretty meh on most of their stuff
  9. cherrywaves


    Sufferer and the Witness was a cool album when it came out. Can't believe it's 10 years old.
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  10. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    Been listening to these guys the past few days. So good. Always prescient when there's an election
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  11. DesolateEarth


    Everything from Revolutions Per Minute to Appeal To Reason was great. Siren Song is my personal favorite. Haven't really checked out their last 2 records.
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  12. dotKev


    Is this just hoping and speculation or has there been any indication they may put one out this year? I know they're due since TBM released in 2014.
  13. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    hoping and speculation. theyve had a 3 year release schedule since Appeal so we might get it next year
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  14. dotKev


    Gotcha, thanks.
  15. Yellowcard2006


    I got into Rise Against when I discovered The Sufferer. Love that album (my favorite from them). Then I dug into Siren Song and Revolutions Per Minute which I also enjoy. Bought Appeal to Reason when it came out and while I didn't find it to be a great follow-up for what I loved on The Sufferer it was still a solid album and the songs were pretty distinct (Savior is one of the best songs they have written in my opinion).

    The next 2 albums just felt like a less interesting versions of what I'd already heard from them in some form with nothing new happening at any level, have tried multiple times (just last week again actually) to get hooked on Endgame or Black Market and I just can't.
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  16. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Siren Song is such a great album, Sufferer is pretty solid too, bummed they kinda ended up losing their spark and diversity, everything now is kinda paint-by-numbers Rise Against
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  17. Joe4th

    Memories are nice, but that's all they are. Prestigious

    Siren Song was one of my favorite albums at the time, and it really bums me out that I haven't enjoyed anything they've done in a long time.
  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Just got The Sufferer and the Witness cheap after it's been on my buy list for like 10 years. Forgot how much I love "The Approaching Curve"
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  19. Davjs


    I really enjoyed the latest album. IMO the only misstep they have had is End Game, even thought that gave us Satellite. I will say their sweet spot was the Siren/Sufferer/Appeal era. Every band has their "prime years" though, I'm glad they are still going. They are a super hard working band.
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  20. Not a fan of much past SSOTCC, but Revolutions Per Minute was one of the most critical albums in the development of my musical taste during my early teen years.
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  21. tomtom94


    I've been really into Unraveling lately. Never gave it much of a chance but there's some cracking songs on there. (My Life Inside Your Heart is a new favourite)
  22. SteveLikesMusic

    approx. 3rd coolest Steve on here Supporter

    Similar to other posts in here, I loved them up through Appeal To Reason, but the most recent 2 albums did nothing for me. I'm hoping they can bounce back.
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  23. JBoch

    Trusted Supporter

    What is RA up to these days? Don't see any tour dates and I haven't heard anything about a new album in the near future...
  24. Davjs


    Hopefully they are resting with their families so they can drop a new killer album and do a tour making sure they hit STL :-)

    They seem to always be touring, so it does seem weird not to see anything from them but they deserve a small break.
  25. beachdude

    I'm not brave Prestigious

    Yeah they deserve a break I think if that's what's going on.