It's pretty apt that in the current foreign climate; of tragedy of epic proportions in Japan and political chaos in Libya just to name a couple; a new Rise Against album is released. A band so focused on creating awareness on the major issues happening in our planet and striving to make a difference and encouraging others to do so as well as touring relentlessly and putting on one of the craziest live shows your writer has witnessed, it is almost the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with this mighty band.
Endgame (not to be confused with the modern Megadeth classic) is another blast of politically and socially aware hardcore punk, not straying from the regular Rise Against formula we have come to know and love whatsoever, which fans will lap up with joy like a cat with milk. Once again songs are fully conscious of the worlds major events; first video for Help Is On The Way showing the struggle of hurricane victims in their long wait for help to arrive, Rise Against are experts at crowbarring opening eyes and generating awareness at these issues.
Whilst this album is more or less the same as previous outings, it does not have the same immediacy as previous works such as the awesome Appeal To Reason. Album opener Architects is a great kick start, followed by the already anthemic Help Is On The Way. However much of the rest of this album just doesn't have quite the same punch. Whilst not bad by any means they just don't have the same force or lasting appeal as previous works. The two aforementioned songs should slot in to their already stellar live set easily but much of the rest of the album just isn't as memorable as they have been before.
Listen to: Architects, Help Is On The Way