POZ Review: Rise Against - The Black Market

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

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by Steve Ciccarelli, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The new Rise Against album is not very good. Especially compared with their last release, a 10th anniversary reissue of perhaps their best record, Revolutions Per Minute. But I don’t fault Rise Against for The Black Market’s failings. I fault their timing.
 
Let’s think back on the past decade: the Chicago punks saw a meteoric rise to some kind of Springsteen-esque stature, but used their position to bring bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice and now Touché Amore out as opening acts, raising their profile in the process. But that’s where the dilemma is in my mind: would I rather have a Rise Against record that I like or would I rather they act as a foster family for other deserving up and comers?
 
It’s not like they’re not trying to be interesting—the beginning of “The Great Die-Off” sounds more like a Wilco record than the Clash but it quickly devolves into the standard “whoa-oh-oh”-ing that comes with a Rise Against song. Think about that song title out of context. “The Great Die-Off?” Sounds more like a bad teenage Tumblr than one of the biggest bands to come from punk. First single “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is the worst song of the year that has “I Don’t Want To Be…” in the title. It sounds like the Foo Fighters by way of Dischord, and not in a good way. “Tragedy + Time” feels like it was stolen from the Jersey City practice space of Banquets and dumbed down through the Rise Against ringer.

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Rise Against “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 24, 2014

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Rise Against just released The Black Market. Watch a music video for ”I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” below after the jump.

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Rise Against On Turning Old School Fans Off With ‘The Black Market’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 28, 2014

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Rise Against are releasing The Black Market in mid-July. Frontman Tim McIlrath recently discussed the possibility of turning older Rise Against fans off with their new album. Check out what he had to say below after the jump.

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Rise Against UK/EU Tour With Pennywise, Emily’s Army

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 25, 2014

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Rise Against will be touring the UK and Mainland Europe in November with Pennywise and Emily’s Army. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Rise Against, Touché Amoré Announce Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 24, 2014

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Rise Against, Touché Amoré, and Radkey will be touring together this fall. Check out the dates below after the jump!

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Rise Against ‘The Black Market’ Track Listing

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 21, 2014

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Rise Against will be releasing The Black Market on July 15th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the album below after the jump.

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Rise Against ‘The Black Market’ Album Artwork

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 13, 2014

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Rise Against will be releasing The Black Market on July 15th. Check out the artwork for the album below after the jump.

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Rise Against “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” Lyric Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

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Rise Against will be releasing The Black Market on July 15th. Watch a lyric video for “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” below after the jump.

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Rise Against Stream “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” From ‘The Black Market’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 9, 2014

Rise Against will be releasing The Black Market on July 15th. Stream a new song called “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” below after the jump.

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by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 4, 2014

Rise Against will be releasing The Black Market on July 15th. Watch a teaser from the band below after the jump.

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Rise Against New Album Coming In July

by Zack Zarrillo - May 28, 2014

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Rise Against have confirmed that their new album will be released in July. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Riot Fest Chicago, Denver, Toronto Announced: The Cure, Descendents, Weezer, And Plenty Fucking More

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2014

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We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!

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Riot Fest Toronto Lineup Announced: Brand New, DCFC, TBS, NFG, National, Rise Against

by Zack Zarrillo - May 6, 2014

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Riot Fest 2014 is coming, and PropertyOfZack is so excited once again to be sponsoring the best festival you can buy a ticket for. First up for announcements is Toronto, and the lineup features Death Cab For Cutie, City And Colour, Brand New, Rise Against, The National, and more. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineup below after the jump!

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Rise Against Launch Album Teaser

by Zack Zarrillo - May 5, 2014

Rise Against are teasing their new album for this summer with another trailer. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

Rise Against are releasing a new album this year and it’s “coming soon.” Check out a teaser from the studio below after the jump.

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