Rise Against release video for “Hero of War”

We’ve just completed our new video for the song “Hero Of War” off of our record, Appeal To Reason. “Hero Of War” is the story of one soldier, not all soldiers, as he battles not just the war around him, but the war that rages within.

Rise Against
Rise Against
The following is a message from the band:

We’ve just completed our new video for the song “Hero Of War” off of our record, Appeal To Reason. “Hero Of War” is the story of one soldier, not all soldiers, as he battles not just the war around him, but the war that rages within. Inspired by true events, we were given the choice to either document the tribulations of these times as they unfold around us, or ignore them. To ignore these problems, in our opinion, is letting down the brave men and women who risk everything. “Hero Of War” is our attempt to lift the stigma that surrounds everything from the skyrocketing suicide rate of troops, torture, internal sexual abuse, an under-funded VA, and the growing number of military personnel fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as they return home. We hope this song and this video help the simmering dialogue about these problems evolve into a rolling boil.

-Rise Against

Watch the video for “Hero of War”

Hero Of War

Rise Against release new video for “Audience of One”

Chicago’s punk rock outfit Rise Against has a new single ready to storm the modern rock radio charts. “Audience Of One” is already being played at some of the biggest radio stations in the country with the official add date still two weeks away. The video for “Audience Of One” makes its debut, today, Thursday, January 15th, on MySpace Music.

Directed by Brett Simon the video for “Audience Of One” was shot in Los Angeles last month and features the band performing in a miniature world on the White House lawn.

Rise Against released their fifth studio album, Appeal To Reason, on DGC/Interscope Records last fall and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as well as spending one week at # 1 on the iTunes album chart. First single, “Re-Education (Through Labor),” was a top 2 hit at modern rock radio.

Rise Against
Rise Against

Rise Against will embark on a European tour starting in early February follow by some dates in Australia and Japan. The band will play the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, NJ on May 3rd with No Doubt. For complete list of tour dates please visit www.riseagainst.com.

Rise Against – Audience of One

Watch the Rise Against video for Making Christmas from the Nightmare Revisited album

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Rise Against, who recently released Appeal To Reason, has also lent their unique punk rock sound to the Nightmare Revisited soundtrack. The Chicago bred quartet has put a nightmarish twist on Danny Elfman’s original “Making Christmas” and the video to go along side the track can be seen here.

The Nightmare Revisited soundtrack also featuring Marilyn Manson, The All-American Rejects, RJD2 and more is available in stores now.

Nightmare Revisited – Rise Against

Rise Against – Appeal To Reason – review

Chicago’s Rise Against is anything but a single-minded musical outfit. An astounding fusion of unhinged power, ear grasping melodies, stimulating lyrics and the ability to reach audiences in both underground and mainstream circles, they have redefined the rules. To date, the band has released four albums plus a rare material EP, and a DVD called Generation Lost. Each of their past two albums have sold just shy of 1/2 million copies in the U.S. with each album garnering three full on Modern Rock radio hits.

Rise Against
Artist: Rise Against
Title: Appeal To Reason
Label: Interscope
Rating: 0/10

Corporate line:
Chicago’s Rise Against is anything but a single-minded musical outfit. An astounding fusion of unhinged power, ear grasping melodies, stimulating lyrics and the ability to reach audiences in both underground and mainstream circles, they have redefined the rules. To date, the band has released four albums plus a rare material EP, and a DVD called “Generation Lost.” Each of their past two albums have sold just shy of 1/2 million copies in the U.S. with each album garnering three full on Modern Rock radio hits.

The good:
“Audience of One” – This is where Rise Against are at their Goo-ey best. Rise Against have some serious Goo Goo Dolls flavor on this song. It has the biggest potential for mass consumption. Whether that is good or bad is a matter of taste–but it seems that Rise Against has been chasing a hit throughout the album.

“The Dirt Whispered” – The rare occasion where a song feels like it has some soul–yet it still sounds far too much like every other song on the album.

The rest:
“Collapse (Post-Amerika)” – There is some passion and a message–but you’ve heard it all before except with more poignancy. Where are the Sex Pistols when you need a revolution?

“Forgotten Sons” – Rise Against shoots for an epic but settle for average.

“Entertainment” – The definition of filler.

Finally:
The biggest issue with Rise Against’s “Appeal To Reason” is that it doesn’t sound so new. Sadly, Rise Against doesn’t take a big enough risk. So instead of going more for a Bad Religion or Sex Pistols potency they settle for radio songs in a bad attempt at being the Goo Goo Dolls. Unfortunatly, Rise Against end up stuck in the middle of nowhere by playing it safe.