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Rise Against, ‘Endgame’ review

By: Melanie Gardiner

With Bad Religion opening for them on a tour kicking off next month, it’s evident that Rise Against have what it takes to make it to the top- and Endgame is good supporting evidence. The Chicago foursome’s sixth studio album is a refined version of their last album Appeal To Reason, offering a more anthemic and melodic sound, while offering more fiery lyrics than ever. Endgame kicks off hard with “Architects,” a song which sets the foundation for a solid punk record before going into the band’s first single “Help Is On The Way,” which proves to be equally as catchy. Frontman Tim McIlrath offers up his trademark screams in “Midnight Hands” while slowing the pace down in “Gentleman’s Coup.” With lyrical content about worldly issues including war, natural disasters and homophobia, Rise Against offers their distinctive passion for ethics and politics- and they want the world to know how they feel.  Needless to say, these punk vets have given it their all on their latest record.


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