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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2011
I love all of Rise Against's albums. The Sufferer and the Witness is the only album that is better than Endgame. Endgame has some of their best songs. Tom's raspy vocals are better than ever, the guitar riffs are mind blowing and the drums are pounding just the way a Rise Against album should be. I will go track by track to explain the awesomeness of the album...

1. Architects: 8/10
A very strong start to the album. As usual in Rise Against songs great lyrics and great vocal power. Some have diminsihed because of its apparent mimic of an Against Me song but I really could careless, it's a great song that deserves recognition.

2. Help is on the Way: 8/10
A great chose as a lead off single, it's powerful and its a great protest song against the way FEMA handled Hurricane Katrina. THe music video is very good and really exasperates the song. It's a perfect punk rock anthem. It's not a boring song in anyway and even has a tempo switch. Very Rise Against like...

3. Make it Stop (Children's September): 9/10
All I can say is that it's a very important song about bullies that bully gays and lesbians and how these bully victims have commited suicide. The song is powerful and is amongst my favorite on the album. It's a little bit slower than most songs on the album, probably the slowest but its damn good. The music video is powerful. When Tom mentions the names and ages of teenagers that commited suicide from being bullied, it really touched my heart. Amazing song...

4. Disparity By Design: 8/10
Sounds like something of Sufferer and the Witness, it's just a classic Rise Against song with great lyrics. The chorus is amonst the catchiest on the album, another damn good song.

5. Satellite: 9/10
Another classic Rise Against song. The chorus is catchy but the song has an important message. America isn't America anymore because we can't even live the American Dream, getting married and having kids...we have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. It's also about cheating behind your wife/husbands back. Another important song...

6. Midnight Hands: 7/10
Defintley their heaviest song but it doesn't mean its their fastest on the album. It's one of the only songs that Tom screams. It's one of my least favorite ont eh album but that means nothing because its still a great song.

7. Survivor Guilt: 1,000/10
The best song on the album, hands down. It's about how America thinks its invincible, if we keep going in the direction that were going...the country will collapse. It also explains that we are fighting an artificial enemy and this war is almost useless, people are dying for minimal reason. About the song, just a great song with powerful lyrics and a strong insturmental core.

8. Broken Mirrors: 8/10
A different song from Rise Against, it has a punk/blues beat to it. The chorus is once again, one of the catchiest on the album. It's one of those hard rocking songs that everybody can enjoy. The highlight is defintley the drums, just a great job done by the drummer.

9. Wait For Me: 6/10
Probably my least favorite on the album, it just feels like I've heard this song before. I can't get into the chorus much but I've read comments on youtube saying that this song really grows on them...maybe that just hasen't happened to me yet. It's still a good song and I still listen to it. It's a generic filler Rise Against song in my opinion.

10. A Gentlemen's Coup: 10/10
A perfect song from start to finish, the beginning guitar riff really reels in the listener. The lyrics are powerful, the beat itself is amazing, it's one of the most original Rise Against songs I've ever heard and defintley my second favorite song on the album.

11. This is Letting Go: 9/10
Great song by Rise Against, its a classic Rise Against song, pounding drums, strong chorus and lyrics...what can I say about this song that I haven't said about a previous song, I seem to be repeating myself a bit but I can't help it because every song is really good.

12. Endgame: 8/10
Another damn catchy chorus, another great Rise Against song...not much else to say.

Bonus Track
13. Lanterns: 9/10
Should've made it on the actual album, very good song...I would have replaced it with Wait For Me and put that song as the bonus track...once again a classic Rise Against song :)

Thank YOu for reading th ereview, sorry it was so repetitive, I highly recommend this album along with any other Rise Against album, very good music put out by these talented guys.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
When "The Unraveling" came out, I was blown away. One of the best hardcore/punk albums in my opinion. "Revolutions Per Minute" continued with greatness, with great lyrics, anger, and speed. "Siren Song..." and "The Sufferer..." were both great in their own rights, but "Appeal To Reason" is where a downward curve began. "AtR" had some kick-ass songs, but the bad songs were really bad. "Endgame"... very safe, too long, too slow.
Some pretty good songs featured here ("Architects", "Survivor Guilt", "Satellite"), but there doesn't seem to be any songs that are really great. On the other hand, no songs are really bad either. It's a very middle-of-the-road album.

I bought it, I don't regret it, but after a few songs I always just end up putting "The Unraveling" back on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
I understand why some fans are turned off by Rise Against progressively making more commercial music. My buddy, who loves Rise Against and introduced me to them loves the first two Cd's, and thinks they then peaked at Siren Song. Me personally think the first two albums were good but rough around the edges. Siren Song was a big step, and The Sufferer and the Witness is there pinnacle so far. While Appeal to Reason and now Endgame don't match that peak, I think they are still better than most rock music out there.

Rise Against purists, and music fans by nature are going to love when the band was raw, before they "sold out". I disagree, I think if Rise Against was still making music like The Unraveling, I know I wouldn't have ever been into them. After a few days of listening to Endgame, I find it better than Appeal to Reason (which I thought was a solid album). Highlights for me include Survivor Guilt, Satellite, and the title track. After hearing the children's chior on "Make It Stop", I wish they would do just that. Besides that sappy touch though, it is a good song, although on of the weaker on the album.

I really had to search for something negative to say about the album. I guess I could say there are not as many catchy hooks as on previous albums. Still though, I find all the songs listenable, and while some may look at it as a negative that no songs stand out, I think the album flows nicely. Good cohesion throughout. I hope the Rise Against purists can understand the band maturing and try to embrace the direction they have taken.

Big credit to Amazon for offering this cd for under 5 dollars, down with Itunes.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2011
It's been a few years since their last album came out, and I've to say I couldn't wait for this album to come out. This album is a mix of things. This album is interesting from start to finish. I've been a fan of Rise Against for six years now. I've always wondered what they would come out with next. This album is alright, but it's not their best album to date. The musical style on this album isn't my favorite, but it's good. There is a lot of songs on this album I really like:
1. Midnight Hands ( This is my favorite song on this album )
2. Wait For Me
3. This is Letting Go
4. Endgame
5. Help is On The Way
6. Make It Stop ( September's Children )
7. Satellite
I don't connect with the rest of the album, like I connect with these songs, they are amazing. I personally think this is a really good album, but could have been better, just a little bit. I am happy with this album for the most part, and I recommend this album.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
Okay, so when you think Rise Against one of the first thoughts you should have is that you can listen to nearly any album and not skip a track. It has been that way for a while(maybe with the exception of Appeal) But though Endgame has some high points it's definitly a track skipper. I will start by saying ARCHICTECTS, ARCHITECTS , ARCHITECTS!!!! Hands down the stand out track on this album, great intro great chorus and totally memorable. However there are only a handful of these memorable infectiously catchy hooks on this album. I'm left asking, Where did that awesome anthemic uplifing Rise Against bridge go? Always the best part of theyre songs and on this album it seems to be abscent. My problem here is that though I dont find any of the songs bad, Im left sifting through the album having to search for somthing catchy. This was never the case. And as I read more and more reviews they all mention that this album isnt great at first but it grows on you. It has in fact grown on me, but not as much as I had hoped. I'd suggest that any Rise fan go get this album. It's definitly worth the listen, as is anything by these guys. Maybe it will sound better to your ear. Hopefully the material will sound better live, seeing as that is where Rise Against has yet to faulter...on stage.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
Continuing their rise to the top of rock stardom, punk rockers Rise Against deliver an epic album with ENDGAME. From the first track, "Architects," its obvious Rise Against have not lost one ounce of energy since their last album, APPEAL TO REASON. ENDGAME's first single, "Help Is on the Way," is an anthemic punk rocker that hooks you in with lead singer, Tim Mcllrath's raspy yet melodic vocals.

ENDGAME is overflowing with inspirational and impassioned songs but none as much as, "Make It Stop (September's Children,) with its confrontational lyrics against homophobia and teens that lost their lives to hate. There are names sang during the song of those who died: "Tyler Clementi-age 18, Billy Lucas-age 15, Harrison Chase Brown-age 15, Cody J. Barker-age 17, Seth Walsh-age 13." Another ferocious song from ENDGAME, "Survivor Guilt," has a thunderous intro and the combative lyrics, "Block the entrances, close the doors/Seal the exits cuz this is war." Some longtime fans have wondered away from the band since they have had some success and transcended musically, which I say is their loss. Rise Against is one of the most significant and innovative bands in rock. ENDGAME proves they still make the same intoxicating music they have always made and are not afraid to take chances.

-Joe Licavoli
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2011
I read a review from someone else on here who said that he didn't think the album was that good at first, but it really grew on him. I have to say I completely agree. At first listen, I honestly thought this album kinda' sucked. But, because I like RA so much, I paid good $ for the album, and because I have learned not to discount albums after only one or 2 listens, I kept listening to it.

Now, I can honestly say that I like it at least as much as "The Sufferer...", which I loved. I also agree with what the other reviewer said about how albums that take a while to grow on me, but I end up liking, usually end up being some of my very favorite ones. And so I think it will be with this one. I think the reason I didn't like it at first is because there is a bigger variety of sounds on this one than the last one. But that variety is what makes it deeper, and more interesting over time. I think this is going to end up being one of my favorites of all time. I really like Midnight Hands as of this moment, and I'm sure I will have many more faves as time passes.

Great album. If you bought it and didn't like it, I would encourage you to give it another listen or 2, or 3 - then see if you still don't like it. Something tells me you just might find that you do like it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rise Against have really honed their sound into an album thats much more consistant than Appeal to Reason was, and something that should appeal to fans of their older material as well. The Architechs starts of the album in typical RA fashion, with an energy and tempo thats maintained throughout the album. This album is punk rock from beginning to end, and a departure from their last few releases.

I would say though this album has less stand out tracks, and is lacking a song as rousing as Hero of War or as anthemic as The Good Left Undone, Prayer of the Refugee, Re-education etc. Help is on the Way is about as close as it gets. I really feel though that this album is one that will slowly get its hooks into you.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2011
Rise Against has been a mainstay in my music catalog since 2004 when i bought Siren Song For The Counter Culture on a whim because my best friend told me to check them out. One thing Rise Against does not do is DISAPPOINT!!! They never have every album they have put out has been in the 4 Star range for me and Endgame is no exception. I constantly read reviews with people saying that it sounds to much like AtR and that AtR wasn't that good because it didnt sound like there older stuff (the Unraveling and SSFTCC) SOOOO WHHAATT? Rise Against has done what every band out there (if they have intelligence) and adapted with the times. Every band has done it you cant tell me TOOL's (2006) 10,000 Days sounds anything like (1993) Undertow because it doesnt plain and simple. Endgame does sound like AtR in some aspect but very differnt in others and i like the direction the band is going. There are some pure Gold songs on this album (Satelitte, Architects, Help Is On The Way, Make It Stop, Wait For Me, Endgame, Survivor Guilt) and all the other songs on the album are very listenable just not as enjoyable but still Grade B quality s***. This album just flows so well just go to Track 1 all the way to the End and it just seems to flow so well and you know what to me Appeal To Reason did the exact same thing and that is something you cant replicate. My favorite album from Rise Against is SSTTCC and i know that Rise Against will never hit that level and will never sound exactly like that ever again but Endgame and Appeal To Reason are both adaquete and excellent albums and i couldnt ask for anything else. The catchy chorus' and the guitar riffs are put together so well Tim is and absolute complete Lead man for this band everything fits well with these guys they are truely a band built to last and like my title says What Exactly is Wrong with Appeal To Reason II
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on June 10, 2014
Rise Against was recommended by a friend. Great album. Very catchy, by the fifth time I knew most of the words. A lot of "favorite" songs.
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