Rise Against: new album ‘Endgame’ Review

Are you a Rise Against fan? Then you have got to read this album review!!!! This American punk rock band from Illinois has come up with its new album ‘Endgame’. The band is known for its hardcore beats and mesmerising rhythm. So, here’s the review of this new album.

Chicago’s politically charged punk band, Rise Against returns with another fiery set of melodic hardcore rock sure to leave your ears ringing and mind churning long after it ends. From the time the spark of drums and guitars of “Architects” take off as if a rapidly draining fuse running toward the explosion, the album never lets up. Front man, Tim McIlrath’s raw vocals all but demand you take notice of the world’s problems and do something about them, opening the album with the fantastic hook, “Do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate / Or would you rather be the architect of what we might create?”

The empty promise of assistance fuels the heartbreaking desperation rocker “Help Is On The Way”, where McIlrath breaks into a screamo plea to for hope while looking back at the mistakes and disappointment in the Gulf, aimed at the handling of the oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. As powerful as the lyrical content of the song is, the storm of guitars rolling over it like a gristly, foreboding cloud kick you in the chest just as hard. From the anxious gritted teeth vocals calling for an uprising on “A Gentlemen’s Coup” to the lower class angst of “Disparity By Design”, the combination of McIlrath’s boiling intensity and explosive guitar-driven thrust of the music makes the album a thoughtful shot of adrenaline.

The band takes aim at bullying on the brilliant “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” as swirling riffs drive McIrath’s message of ending school bullying before it results in suicide or a school shooting, “And too much blood has flowed from the wrists / From the children shamed for those they chose to kiss”. An unsettling reminder that all great societies have met an unfortunate end gives way to a dead soldier questioning motives on anti-war “Survivor Guilt”, determining, “And I fought with courage to preserve / Not my way of life, but yours”.

It is an album full of important messages, with none greater than our inability and unwillingness to see the signs of our impending doom over a blend of chunky, thrusting riffs and nimble, wiry guitar of purposive apocalyptic “Endgame“. The melodic bliss hidden in the hammering riffs on powder keg “Satellite” and chugging “This Is Letting Go” is what makes this a tough album to resist for even those not accustomed to the staggering punk package it wraps it all up in. Albums with this much heart, brains and chest-thumping rock are a rarity.

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