Artist: Rise Against
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
I am probably not the best person to be reviewing a Rise Against album, mainly because I will probably be heavily biased. I have enjoyed (read, ‘worshipped’), Rise Against since I first came across their music some eight or nine years ago.
Revolutions Per Minute was released 10 years ago, and it was the first album written as the Rise Against we know today. It is amazing how an album that was made a decade ago, is still relevant and representative of the problems we face in the world today. Even though the Bush administration has long passed, the socio-political landscape has barely changed, leaving a lot of questions hanging in the air. Rise Against dared to raise those questions then, and those questions shouldn’t be forgotten anytime soon. Songs like ‘Blood-Red, White & Blue’ still give me goosebumps.
RPM10 is the reissue of Revolutions Per Minute, which was arguably one of their best albums to date. Besides having the tracks that were on the original album, the album also includes a lot of extra material to celebrate the ten year existence of RPM. Getting to hear the demo versions of the songs that eventually became the album is nothing short of amazing. It is sincerely interesting to hear the progression of the songs from what they started off as, to what they eventually came to be.
Ignoring the Transistor Revolt, and Unraveling era of the band, this is pretty much where it all began. This was the start of the band that wanted to know more, ask more, and ultimately do more for the minorities and for the people that were too scared to raise the questions themselves.
For any band to last 10 years after their breakthrough release is a massive achievement, and there is no better way to celebrate this than by reissuing the album that catapulted their career. If you love Rise Against, you need to get your hands on the demo material this reissue has. If you haven’t really listened to Rise Against before, this is the perfect album to get your hands on to see what the band is about. Lastly, if you don’t like Rise Against, well, why are you even reading this?
Best Tracks: ‘Halfway There’, ‘Black Masks & Gasoline’, ‘Blood-Red, White and Blue’ and ‘Heaven Knows’.