Album Review: Rise Against - Endgame (DGC/Interscope)
Loud and melodic, striking a perfect balance once again on their sixth studio effort
Considering quite how brilliant their early albums were, that Chicagoan punk trailblazers [a]Rise Against[/a]’s latter-period output is seen as diminishing returns is a trifle unfair. While [b]‘Endgame’[/b] is no [b]‘Revolutions Per Minute’[/b] – their ’03 high-water mark – it’s still a hugely exhilarating album.
They’ve grown up, too: fiery opener [b]‘Architects’[/b] and [b]‘Survivor Guilt’[/b] show they do pissed-off intelligence better than most; [b]‘Help Is On The Way’[/b] and the colossal [b]‘This Is Letting Go’[/b] strike the perfect balance between punk fury and melodic accessibility without losing any of frontman Tim McIlrath’s personality. A fine record from an ever-impressive band.