Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Seven years ago “Swing Life Away” launched Rise Against’s career. Anti-Flag and Rise Against were trying to get broken in to the same level at the same time. And “Swing Life Away” catapulted Rise Against past Anti-Flag to the point where they’ve been with the past three albums as one of most established bands going in rock. They don’t just make good music, they stand for something and they’ve got a ton of credibility. Rise Against is good and so is their new album “Endgame.”
The first impressions of “Endgame” are fairly simple. There’s no pop song here and there’s no acoustic song either. This is what the band does best and almost every song follows a particular formula. They thrash frantically for sixty to ninety seconds and then there’s a chorus with a very strong hook. This differs from the band’s last album “Appeal to Reason” where there was a stronger focus on melody throughout all the songs and is more similar to “The Sufferer and the Witness.” I don’t know if this album is better than either of the last two albums that the band has put out, but the guitar work is better and the music is easy to get into because of some great instrumentation.
This is a true punk album. Rise Against voices problems with the world and they try to serve as a voice for people who can’t be heard. That’s respectable. Musically, this isn’t the best album that these guys have put out. That’s a tough call as to which album is the best. These guys have been consistent in putting out quality stuff over the years and “Endgame” is no different.