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Posted by: Dave on July 24, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Sound: Melodic, activist hardcore with a dire urgency for social change delivered through Tim McIlrath’s commanding bark, throaty screams and lots of rally-cry choruses.
Look For: The jarring change of pace in the form of their strings-and-female-backing-vocal ballad “Roadside.” We’re lucky, it could have been much worse. This is just a caution that such a song exists amongst the rest of the amped-up rock.
Heavy Rotation tracks:Chamber the Cartridgeicon“; “Dronesicon“; “Ready To Fallicon
Medium Rotation tracks:The Good Left Undoneicon“; “Under the Knifeicon“; “Behind Closed Doorsicon
Recommended: If you like your issue-heavy aggression balanced with sing-along hooks.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)

(As posted 7/24/06 on davepowersmusic.com)
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2 Responses to “Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness (Geffen)”

  1. Brian Parsons Says:

    Dave … ironically I liked this band because a friend told me about one of their songs “Swing Life Away.” I fell in love with the song and went to see what else they had. Imagine my surprise when I realized the rest of the album was not quite the same sound as that track.

    Parsons

  2. Dave Says:

    Parsons…good to hear from you.

    Rise Against are usually good for a nice ballad here are there. “Swing Life Away” is a lovely song…it’s just a bit misrepresentative of their aggressive sound.

    As you can see, I felt it necessary to issue the disclaimer about “Roadside” on their latest album. Decent song, but doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the stuff.

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