by Rise Against
- Record Label: Virgin
- Release Date: Jun 9, 2017
- Artist(s): Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes, Zach Blair
- Summary: The eigth full-length studio release for the Chicago punk band was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
- Record Label: Virgin
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
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|Dancing on the crumbling precipices The rocks are coming loose just at the edge Are we laughing? Are we crying? Are we drowning? Are we dead? Or is...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 6 out of 9
Mixed: 3 out of 9
Negative: 0 out of 9
Kerrang!Jun 19, 2017More often than not, though, Rise Against let you reach your own conclusions, and therein lies the difference between merely preaching to the choir and reaching the whole congregation. [3 Jun 2017, p.50]
Jun 9, 2017You can hear that rage burning throughout this record’s 11 songs, most notably on “Mourning In Amerika,” “Welcome To The Breakdown” and the untamed aggression of “Bullshit,” on which frontman Tim McIlrath rails against the divisive politics that sadly led us to an orange man in the White House.
Jun 12, 2017Their strength is in their inclusivity--yes, they’re from a punk background, but this is melodic hardcore with killer choruses to stir the hardest of hearts, bursting with a positive energy that channels your adrenaline until passive listening becomes all but impossible.
Jun 9, 2017One of punk’s few great constants, the Chicago four-piece are back and as furious as ever with this eighth album. As you’d expect, they don’t fumble the ball.
Jun 13, 2017At times Wolves' polished, pop-tinged punk sounds more like a proffered Pepsi can than a clenched Molotov cocktail, but it is still punk to its bones in a time when the label tends to be skin-deep.
Jun 9, 2017For being one of the first big punk albums in post-Trump America, Wolves doesn’t howl nearly enough and rarely shows its fangs.
Jun 9, 2017It doesn't help that the music in general is so stubbornly tepid. Sure, overall it's a step up from The Black Market, but there's nothing here that gives the hope of Rise Against vaguely recalling what they used to be good at.
Positive: 4 out of 6
Mixed: 2 out of 6
Negative: 0 out of 6
Jun 11, 2017Beautiful lyrics and meaningful tone help shape the mood of the album. Songs like Wolves offer a great range of variety and energy. WhileBeautiful lyrics and meaningful tone help shape the mood of the album. Songs like Wolves offer a great range of variety and energy. While songs like Far from Perfect give a very different hopeful tone that Rise Against doesn't usually pursue. Welcome to the Breakdown is very catchy and I recently learned it on guitar so I can jam out to it even more. House on Fire has greatly crafted lyrics and is backed up by atmospheric guitar riffs. **** is a strong song that solidly displays its message. Some songs has weak spots but there are no songs in this album that I dislike.
Mainly because of their age, Rise Against may not be able to scream as strong as they could a decade ago, but they have succeeded in pursuing more styles of music. Their message as a band is as strong as it was years ago, their symbol still means something.… Expand
Jun 15, 2017Being a fan of rise against since 2001, and seeing people jump on board during siren songs, and sufferer and witness era, judging the band asBeing a fan of rise against since 2001, and seeing people jump on board during siren songs, and sufferer and witness era, judging the band as if they aren't 88 fingers louise 2.0 evolved is humorous to me. Black Market was Rise against heading in the wrong direction, here they are raw again, melodic, and experimenting with unique riffs.
This is barely over produced, if anything Sufferer and recent albums where far too much. This album will grow on you, blare it in your car and forget about the fools who say "Rise against has lost it", they are reawakening with this album, raw, pure, modern punk, still relevant.… Expand
Jun 16, 2017I honestly think this is better than The Black Market, but not by much. The first half is fast paced and energetic (Wolves, Welcome to theI honestly think this is better than The Black Market, but not by much. The first half is fast paced and energetic (Wolves, Welcome to the Breakdown, The Violence), while the second half (Bullsh*t, Mourning in Amerika, Miracle) feels more slowed and mellowed out which is fine when you come to think about it.
People are having an issue with the overproduction, but I see no problem with it tbh even though I can see where people are coming from to a certain degree. However, NEVER DO A SKA ORIENTED SONG AGAIN GUYS! PLEASE! It's not terrible, but it doesn't work well in this scenario.
It has its moments. I enjoyed the title track, Welcome to the Breakdown, Parts Per Million . Others such as Bullsh*t and Politics of Love don't really stand out too much, but they're not bad either.
Would I call it their best? Hell no. It barely cracks the top 5. But I still recommend you give this album a listen to whenever you get the chance or have nothing else to listen to.… Expand
Jun 11, 2017Right off the bat I can say that I enjoyed Wolves as a project more than Rise Against's last effort, The Black Market. Wolves doesn't shiftRight off the bat I can say that I enjoyed Wolves as a project more than Rise Against's last effort, The Black Market. Wolves doesn't shift the musical direction RA has been doing for years. They are still very much the political, punk ensemble that packs intellectual lyrics behind melodic and crunchy guitars. What they did with Wolves isn't new and that isn't entirely bad. It's an easy listen for anyone that is a fan of the genre, but it doesn't excel for the very same reason. Although it doesn't quite stack up to some of their previous works, Wolves is still a solid album and worth a listen.… Expand
Aug 15, 2017For a band that doesn’t seem to be able to find uniqueness or style within their heavy rock sound, this was a somewhat enjoyable journey withFor a band that doesn’t seem to be able to find uniqueness or style within their heavy rock sound, this was a somewhat enjoyable journey with well-formed melodic shapes, but their overall shortcomings in finding power while trying to be too perfect give off no substantial rewards. My Score: 106/180 (Okay) = 5.9/10… Expand
Jun 9, 2017I really don't have anything negative to say about the album nor do i have really anything good to say about it. It's not bad but none of theI really don't have anything negative to say about the album nor do i have really anything good to say about it. It's not bad but none of the song's really feel unique. This to me is one RA's weakest albums. Bullsh$t is solid though.… Expand
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