Wolves - Deadlock (GER-1)

Where will you now go, Rise Against?

The four gentlemen from Chicago joins one more time on the track, this time with their eighth studio album. The band's first two albums were very punk-hardcore, and was therefore somewhat under the radar, but it changed the group on their third album. On Siren Song Of The Counter Culture was a sudden acoustic songs, and more rock, which led to a mainstream breakthrough. The three subsequent albums followed this formula with great success. Their seventh album, The Black Marketseemed to be however little remaining jammed and quite average, so the band probably felt a little pressure up to the new washer. Wolves features at least on the very few surprises.

The lyrics are sharp as always. The music is lagging, by contrast, the bit after the

The plate comes otherwise flying from the start with the title track, which must be said to be one of the disc's strongest tracks. Here manages Rise Against to combine their high tempo fa the early years with their great tunes from the later. It is songs like these, as old as well as new fans of the band can gather and which gives all of the band's listeners a belief that they do not necessarily have their best time behind itself. It should in general be optimal for the group to release an album just now, in which Donald Trump recently won the elections in the UNITED states. He delivers in every case, plenty of material for political bands such as Rise Against, and although the song "How Many Walls" is not about Trumps wall specifically, it has probably had a deal of influence on the track's genesis. The lyrics are much what you can expect. There is blown to the fight against climate change at a "Parts Per Million", lamented The decay in the "Mourning In America" and calls for peace and unity on "How Many Walls" and "The Violence". The challenge is rather that it will a little bit of everything and, therefore, lands in the middle of no man's land. The band has tried to reinvent some of their aggressiveness from the early days and at the same time, keep the good tunes. The idea is good enough, but it succeeds just far from always. Ã…bningsnummeret "Wolves" is actually the only time where this attempt goes up in a higher unity. The band has more success with the more rockinspirerede numbers as "The Violence" and "Bullshit", where the melodies are allowed to carry the energy of home. Too many songs on the disc consists of guitar riffs and melodies, which quickly is forgotten.

It is okay to play safe, but one hopes for more from Rise Against

After The Black Market has Rise Against so that definitely played to their strengths and very few risks. It is actually only in the last half of the two verses of "Bullshit", that the band deviates in the slightest from their fixed formula. Here we get reggaeinspireret guitar, and it works very well. The band has also previously been shown, that they master the elements of several genres with the song "Entertainment" from their fourth album, and it may, therefore, fret that the band did not attempt more in this direction. In addition, the band is also about to be a little more round with age. Afslutningssangen "Miracles" ends with the phrase "We Are The Miracle" with reference to the fact that we as a population are the real miracle and the difference in the society. It therefore becomes interesting to see if the band acknowledges and embraces this, or whether they will continue to try with this half-hearted aggressiveness. With this new plate has Rise Against certainly lived a cross, which contain both a handful of good songs, and just as many, which will quickly go into oblivion.

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