Rise Against, the Punk Rock band from Chicago, Illinois, starts out their latest release ‘Endgame’ with “Wait For Me”, which starts out mellow with some nice sounding vocals and then explodes across right out of the gate. “This Is Letting Go” has boom-boppity-boom drums, heavy chanting — hey! hey! hey! “Survivor Guilt” is a tune with another mellow start along with spoken poetry in the beginning. More boppity-boom drums are on this song. “Satellite” has a quick beat that really gets the blood boiling. Here is a fine example of their guitar sound. It fizzles out in the middle and then gets very interesting in the second half. My favorite cut. Me likey.
“Midnight Hand” doesn’t work as well as the rest. The sandpaper vocals are hard to understand. This is pretty much the only song I didn’t care much for. “Make It Stop” starts out with a children’s chorus and vibrating guitar. “Help Is On It’s Way” is another example of the guitars that are on much of this recording. “A Gentleman’s Coup” has a very interesting, quirky beat that stops and starts a lot and it’s a unique sounding song.
The title track “Endgame” has interesting beat changes and rhythm shifts that work very well, showcasing the bands complexity. “Disparity by Design” is fast paced and rough in an accessible sort of way. “Broken Mirrors” has more great guitar playing and a pretty good energy to the song. “Architechs” has a lead guitar that squawks like a parrot and multiple beat changes, which is a major part of the sound we find here. ‘Endgame’ is another four star recording in a year of many quality recordings we have heard so far this year.
Band members are: Tim McIIrath (lead vocals, rhythm guitars), Zach Blair (lead guitar, backing vocals), Joe Principe (bass guitar, backing vocals), Brandon Barnes (drums, percussion).
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