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Chicago, United States (1999 – present)

Rise Against are a / band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1999, and originally performing under the name Transistor Revolt, they released a self-produced demo entitled Transistor Revolt in 2000, a year before signing with Fat Wreck Chords to release their first two albums, The Unraveling in 2001, and Revolutions Per Minute in 2003. They later switched to Dreamworks Records and recorded their album Siren Song of the Counter Culture. However, Universal Music Group took over Dreamworks Records and Rise Against finally found themselves on Geffen Records, a Universal Music Group subsidiary, releasing Siren Song of the Counter Culture in August 2004. A re-issued version of The Unraveling was released on August 23, 2005 through Fat Wreck Chords. They released their 4th studio album entitled “The Sufferer and The Witness” on July 4th 2006.

Rise Against’s original lineup consisted of Tim McIlrath (vocals and guitar), Joe Principe (bass and vocals, formerly from 88-Fingers Louie), Brandon Barnes (drums), and Mr.Precision (guitar and vocals), and recorded its debut album with renowned punk producer Mass Giorgini. Mr. Precision left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Todd Mohney, the guitarist of McIlrath’s side project The Killing Tree. Shortly after the band signed with Geffen, Mohney left and was replaced by Chris Chasse.


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  • bruno_avilar

    (looking at you tragedy + time

    21 Jul 4:19am Reply
  • bruno_avilar

    nothing new in terms of sound but there are some great lyrics on the new album

    21 Jul 4:14am Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review:

    18 Jul 1:19pm Reply
  • haadeus

    I liked this band's material until I found the joys of sex and drugs.

    18 Jul 10:04am Reply
  • joshactive

    Sufferer > Siren Song > RPM > ATR > Unraveling > Endgame > TBM

    18 Jul 12:51am Reply
  • TDcore

    I've been a fan since Appeal To Reason. Endgame was decent. So is TBM. Sure, it's stylistically different, and lyrically as well, but it's still good. Alot of the usual political subjects are missing, because I think they wanted to write a different kind of album. If you listen closely it has a concept. It's about people who are unaccepted and shunned by society. That's all ok, but I miss the urgency and energy their other work had. Still, some good songs. The first four are good, and People Live Here is freaking amazing. But I hope they go back to their old style next time.

    17 Jul 5:02pm Reply
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  • narsqt

    Only on my second round of the new album so I'll give it a few more listens before passing a real judgement but all I can help thinking is how far they have fallen from Revolutions and Siren Songs.

    17 Jul 8:31am Reply
  • Tez_666

    The vocal melodies were great, the lyrics were powerful, but the guitar wasn't heavy at all and was mixed to quite a lot of the time it didnt pack any punch like it should have, lost a lot of the heavy tone.

    17 Jul 1:33am Reply
  • ricardohrr

    RPM > Sufferer > Siren Song > ATR > Unraveling > TBM > Endgame

    16 Jul 10:33pm Reply
  • I_Am_Kid_A

    I reviewed The Black Market - I didn't like it... Have a read of my review here:

    16 Jul 2:23pm Reply
  • niespodziewanka

    Their every album was a little bit different than the previous one... until The Black Market. But it's not a bad album, it's just nothing we haven't heard before.

    16 Jul 1:18pm Reply
  • Drummer_Bitter

    All of their albums are great. Last album is no different. Great band and great albums...

    16 Jul 12:25pm Reply
  • Sathg

    New album is great! I don't understand why people don't like the endgame album. All of their albums are awesome!

    16 Jul 3:23am Reply
  • maydaytothemoon

    i dont wanna be here anymoreeeeee

    16 Jul 1:57am Reply
  • barbwireboy2

    Not pleased with the new album, they've got so predictable since Sufferer. Where is the passion, the anger, the emotion?! I can't seem to find any of that here except on Eco-Terrorist.

    15 Jul 10:34pm Reply
  • RiseoftheSystem

    The Unraveling=RPM=Sirensong of the Counter-Culture=Sufferer and the Witness=Appeal to Reson=Endgame=The Black Market. Rise Against has done a spectacular job on all of their albums.

    15 Jul 7:35pm Reply
  • maplejet

    I'll be listening to this album later this week, but I don't like how the album was promoted. We're at the release date and they never released a music video.

    15 Jul 4:45pm Reply
  • dehumpn

    The Great Die-Off is a banger

    15 Jul 10:54am Reply
  • SJackson16

    I just don't get this new Rise Against. Where's the anger and the urgency? Most of the songs just drag on for 4 mins boring you to tears.If this is the best they can do they should probably look at calling it a day.

    15 Jul 6:06am Reply
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