Endgame - Rise Against
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  • Band members: Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes, Zach Blair
  • Summary: The punk rock quartet from Chicago's sixth studio album reveals a change in sound for the group, with more polished, politically-driven songs and uptempo rhythms.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    The melodies are huge, the hoarse vocals are fairly infrequent – but this is probably one of the most punk rawk albums Rise Against have recorded.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    No matter which extreme you believe it to favor, Endgame sees Rise Against as fiery, passionate and motivated as ever, when it comes to their wide-reaching social commentary.
  3. Mar 18, 2011
    Chicago punks mark 10-year anniversary in characteristically fiery form. [12 Mar 2011, p. 51]
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    The band is no longer preaching exclusively to the converted-and with that in mind, Endgame's outspokenness and passion sound downright vital.
  5. 70
    Endgame is inherently the follow-through of its predecessor, with additional flavors that may or may not help the cause lyrically prevalent.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    While speaking politely by punk standards, Rise Against still brims with a dissident perspective. Ultimately, Endgame keeps pointing toward a hopeful break from the status quo.
  7. Mar 11, 2011
    Rise Against's strident anti-ignorance messages have coursed through several albums of tightly wound, good-intentions punk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    Awesome album, its catchy but not in a wrong way. And I love the way theyre building up their songs. Usually I hate grunge, but Rise Against is the only band I make an exception for. Expand
  2. CRL
    Oct 6, 2011
    I had never heard Rise Against before a friend gave me the link for Satellite. For a few months that was all the Rise Against I knew, then I checked out the rest of the album and ended up buying the whole thing. Satellite gets a perfect 10/10 and is still my favorite, though Make it Stop (September's Children), an intense, power-rock song about the LGBT suicides of September 2010 comes pretty close (9.5/10). Among the others, Architects and This Is Letting Go stand out, as well as the title track (and final track) Endgame. Overall, Endgame is an excellent album that resonates in more ways than one. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    Excellent, excellent album. Possibly their catchiest yet, but they make good use of it. Tim sounds on point through the entire album, and all the players continue to impress. Truly excellent. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2013
    I love Satellite, i havent heard the rest yet but only that song is so good! The lyrics rock and the guitar solos are awesome!!! that song: 11/10 holy Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    Great! Back to roots, more polished, and original spine tingling lyrics. Rise Against has succeeded in creating music that both their old hardcore punk fans will like and their new pop rock fans will like. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2011
    love it. i absolutly love rise against and they continue to please and with them you either love em or hate em and i dont think there should be a critic score for music because they will obviously be prejuduced the group just based on wheather they like the band and type of music and will not rate based on how they think the band did with thier music in this album Expand
  7. Dec 31, 2011
    i waited for this album like a little child waits for christmans to come...but i was so disappointed with it...i got the vinyl version, but it in... i heard architects and help is on the way before the album came out, thought they were ok but not great...i also heard death blossoms and their other songs which were not on any of their albums, and thought that this finally would be close to the glory of the siren song of counter culture...i hoped that the guitars would be harder, and that tim would again shout out his meanings to the world, but all in all endgame is even more poppish than appeal to reason...there are no songs i will remember from this album...help is on the way and architects were ok, and those were the best songs of the album...a disappointment really, but it seems that rise against will never come back to the quality of punk rock they once made... Collapse

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