Rise Against

Rise Against is a band I’ve been following since their album Revolutions Per Minute. Originally called Transistor Revolt, Rise Against has been staying strong in the Rock/Punk music genre. In the year 2008, Rise Against won the “Top In Rock” in the music magazine “Rock On Request.”

The vocalist(Tim McIlrath), drummer(Brandon Barnes) and bass player(Joe Principe) have been in the band for all 5 Album releases. Only their lead guitarist has changed over the life of the band. Currently there have been over 4 different lead guitarists. The first of the album releases were much “heavier” in the rock and vocal aspect; grungy sounding vocals and heavy riffs. When the album “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” debuted, fans of Rise Against found that the band was slowly evolving and changing its music style and quality. The genre slowly turned into melodic punk/rock. Both the lyrics and the overall sound quality of the songs were improving vastly as each album was produced.

Rise against is constantly involved in PETA, human rights, veganism, the environment and other activities involving ethics. Several of their songs and videos involve PETA, Environmental issues, and proper work ethics. Here is a video of “Song Of The Refugee”, a take on America’s outsourcing of jobs, sweatshops and child labor.

Personally I like Rise Against for their lyrics. They tend to be on the inspirational, philosophical, or ethical side with the constant use of metaphors to sing about a subject without being bland. The lyrics are what constantly sell me in every album Rise Against makes; it just makes the songs “feel” different than other simple songs you hear on the radio now-a-days.

Have you heard at song that required to be thought about to understood or invoked some heavy thinking in your life? Mention it in the comments below!

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twentyfive 6 years ago

Wow, I've never heard about this rock band before but they are very interesting and that song you've uploaded is striking. Surprisingly, this band is involved with PETA and vegetarians, I'm a fan now :)


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GamerAinion 6 years ago from Miami, FL Author

Good to hear! Thanks for the wonderful comment. I would recommend their newer CD's from Siren Song Of The Counter Culture and up. Its from that CD that their quality greatly increaced.


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Andy McGuire 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I am a die hard RA fan. It's more than a band to many people, including myself. It's more like a way of life to be honest. The message they are projecting is a striking urgency to act now, to stand up to what you know is wrong with this world, and to do it before it's too late. The issues they address aren't always clear, but you can easily get the idea about who they are rebelling against.

Plus, Tim's voice is second to none and the song lyrics are incredibly articulate and aesthetically amazing.


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GamerAinion 3 years ago from Miami, FL Author

Thank you for your comment! You are completely on the money when talking of RA. They have a good message they want to spread and their lead singer's voice is made of awesome.


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Andy McGuire 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Another thing I like about them is that, even though their popularity is growing rapidly, they haven't lost their integrity. They have turned turn offers for mass exposure events when it has compromised their beliefs and values.

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