A native Chicago punk rock / hardcore / melodycore band, currently consisting of Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes, and Chris Chasse. Rise Against, under the label of Fat Wreck Cords, released their first two albums, The Unraveling (2001) and Revolutions Per Minute (2003). These two albums were recieved well, though considerably more hardcore and punk than many of Fat Wreck Cords other more pop punk signs.
Rise Against then switched labels to Dreamworks / Universal Music Group / Geffen Records to release Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004). This new album delivered a far less hardcore sound, but was undeniably intense and far more accessible to the mainstream public. SSotCC was criticized by many saying that Rise Against had "Lost their punk rock roots..." etc etc. And while they had indeed drifted, though not entirely, from their original "slam it and scream 'em" roots, Rise Against had shown in SSotCC with songs like Tip the Scales and Dancing for Rain --and would show in their upcoming album, The Sufferer and the Witness-- that they were still very much in the punk rock scene, even if they had taken a different style. This style is what many have come to call melodycore.
After the large and mainstream success of SSotCC from such songs as Life Less Frightening, Give It All, and Swing Life Away, Rise Against released a re-edited version of The Unraveling via Fat Wreck Cords in 2005. They then began working on their new, deeper, and darker album, The Sufferer and The Witness (2006). TSatW had success with such songs as Ready To Fall and Prayer of the Refugee, ranking high on the US modern rock boards. This new album from rise against had still the political unrest of previous records, but it also had a deeper focus on personal and emotional upheaval. With TSatW Rise Against screamed of how humanity was killing ourselves, and simply knowing the problem wasn't enough in songs like Ready To Fall. They sang of heartbreak and disillusionment in songs such as Approaching Curve or Roadside. And true to their nature, they scream their political discord in songs like Bricks or Built to Last (a bonus track).
Rise Against is known for their delivery of hardcore rock and punk influences to the mainstream audience with melody (hence the term melodycore). Though critics may blindly sling empty insults about their sound and themes, their success, music, and musical content is the only counter-point needed to disregaurd such accusations. In conclusion, Rise Against is, in reality, a true punk rock/melodycore band that has only begun to withstand the trial of time. But with their high success, captivating sound, clever and true lyrics, and adherance to their original morals and themes, they show much promise of not only passing the trial of time, but excelling.
Rise Against samples

Built To Last (The Sufferer and the Witness)
Your will
Your way
Will earn respect in your day
Let the glory sharpened knife
Carve the future of your life

Give It All (Siren Song of the Counter Culture)
For far too long these voices
Muffled by distances
It's time to come to our senses
Up from the dirt
We give it all

To the Core (Revolutions Per Minute)
So step away from the f***ing screen
And see a world outside your screen
Maybe then you will know
And realize the lack of threat you pose

Alive And Well (The Unraveling)
Now's the time
To rearrange your life
Live for something
Outside of your own mind
We all dream
The same dream everynight
To burn the world that you call civilized
by Unconcerned Citizen January 07, 2007
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Awesome punk band with great lyrics.
Rise against rawks.
by Bengay August 15, 2003
One of the best punk bands ever. Awesome, heartfelt lyrics ranging from love to politics to life in general, loud punding voice and amazing drums.
the years unfold in one moment
the voices that we heard so loud
are now suddenly silenced
inside this crowd
and you're surrounded by the lives
of those who found something to hold
so bringing everybody down
is all you know
by God October 20, 2004
Awesome rock band from chicago, really cool, awesome/clever lyrics!
If I could paint how I feel
I'd draw a bullseye on your forehead
My anger's not misdirected
unless it somehow misses you

Is there a god tonight
up in the sky
or is it empty, just like me?
by pleepa October 19, 2004
An AMAZING band!!! they rock!!!!
"I can't bear the thought of losing,
I dread the attention winning brings
and ever since the day I came here
I can stand without your strings
I'm so sick of all these people
but I'm scared to be alone
and if this life has taught me anything
I forgot it long ago" - voices off camera

"one last thing i beg you please just before you go. I've watched you fly on paper wings half way round the world, until they burned up in the atmosphere and sent you spiraling down. Landed somewhere far from here with no one else around, to catch you falling down and I'm looking at you now. And i cant tell if your laughing, between each smile theres a tear in your eye." - paper wings

"Am i loud and clear or am I breaking up? Am I still your charm or am I just bad luck? Are we getting closer or are we just getting more lost?" - swing life away
by :) May 07, 2005
The best punk rock band ive heard.. CHECK IT OUT AND JOIN THE PUNK ROCKERS :D
Simply because you can breath,
doesnt mean your alive, or
that you really live.
This life has taken its toll
she just doesnt know how much more she can give.
by mIKE December 30, 2004
Rise Against is an amazing New Age punk rock band, they sing about love, poitics and many other subjects with very inspired lyrics
"Countdown, to the very end, Equality, an invitation that we wont extend, Ready aim pull the trigger now, in time you firmly secure your place in hell" -State of the Union, Rise Against
by Jesse LeRiche January 23, 2006
awsome band with heartfilled and awsome lyrics.
I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is worse
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words......

we live on front porches and swing
life away, we get by just fine on a minimum wage
if love is a labour i'll slave to the end- i wont crss this street until you hold my hand!

awsome lyrics
by Penny January 12, 2005

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