Day 7: Rise Against – “Endgame”

Tracklisting

  1. Architects
  2. Help Is On the Way
  3. Make It Stop (September’s Children)
  4. Disparity By Design
  5. Satellite
  6. Midnight Hands
  7. Survivor Guilt
  8. Broken Mirrors
  9. Wait For Me
  10. A Gentlemen’s Coup
  11. This Is Letting Go
  12. Endgame
  13. Lanterns* [iTunes bonus – did not listen to]

The month-and-a-half wait is over. Since the single “Help Is On the Way” came out, I had been dying for Rise Against’s new albem “Endgame” to be released.

I fell in love with two things right away. “Help is On the Way,” which was the album’s first single, had a very strong message behind it. Though we’re about five years removed from Hurricane Katrina, there is still some serious affects from it that the people of New Orleans haven’t gotten over it.

The second thing I fell in love with is the album cover. A young child carrying an American flag through a wheat field. As the youth of America, we have to take her on our shoulders and carry her back to the top as being the greatest country of all time.

Hurricane Katrina isn’t the only topic on the band’s very political album. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was also talked about on the album. Rise Against – as you can tell by their name – is very political in their message. I have absolutely no problem with this approach as it’s something different from the regular pop, bull shit love songs that most rock bands come out with (yes, Dave Matthews, some of your “singles” from Big Whiskey are cheesy pop bull shit too).

I fell in love with Rise Against almost immediately three years ago when my friend Eric introduced me to their music. I saw them at the Electric Factory in Philly and was instantly hooked.

Now the album before this “Appeal to Reason” is probably my favorite album. But it was much different from their older, rougher sound. A  lot of loyal fans, including Eric, didn’t think “Appeal to Reason” was quality in what Rise Against was capable of writing.

Well “Endgame” is the same way and I can tell you this: they are mastering this new sound and I absolutely love it.

The album opens up with “Architects,” the album’s second single. It’s a pretty solid song in my opinion.

The best song by far on this album is “Satellite.” If people are worried about the new sound, “Satellites” digs into the older Rise Against sound that will leave a lot of fans pleased. It’s a song that can pass for Rise Against’s new anthem of making a change to improve your life. Check these lyrics.

You can’t feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame
You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays
You won’t know your worth now, son, until you take a hit
And you won’t find the beat until you lose yourself in it

That’s why we won’t back down
We won’t run and hide
‘Cause these are the things we can’t deny
I’m passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That’s why you stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we’re perspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the american dreams
Oh shine your light on me

Another great song is “Survivor Guilt.” It opens with a scary but powerful set of dialogue. We’re a great country but we’re not indestructable.

”What are you talking about? America’s not gonna be destroyed! ”
”Never? Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed. Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours? How much longer do you think your country will last? Forever?”

And this current war we are fighting is pointless with many lives being sacrificed for nothing.

“You shameful opportunist. What you don’t understand is that it’s better to die on your feet then to live on your knees”
“You have it backwards. it’s better to live on your feet then to die on your knees”

“Endgame” is a brilliant album. If even know a little bit about Rise Against, who are miles above the “Swing Life Away” stereotype people classify them as, get this album. It will really change your view of the fact music today produces all crap. Only 90% of it is crap. Rise Against is in the 10% that still has integrity.

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