Album Review : Rise Against ‘The Black Market’

Rise-Against-Photo01Punk heroes Rise Against dig deep with their seventh studio album The Black Market, taking a new approach on time-tested perspectives. What does that mean?  From the horse’s mouth: singer Tim McIlrath calls their newest effort “far more introspective than political”. While keeping with the typical pop punk feel of a Rise Against Album , lyrically The Black Market changes gears and drives away from what’s going on with the rest of the world and focuses on the band members themselves: less a political statement, this album is inspired by their experiences in the last 15 years as a band.

The lead single below, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” really hit home for me.  After reading an interview and watching the video for this track, I could really get into what Tim called his “moment of clarity” and the desire to avoid going to a dark place to write another album.  More than anything the track is about escaping someone or something negative and damaging, and moving forward – and that might be the best way to describe the tone of the album as a whole.  Check it out for yourself:

Musically, longtime fans will not be disappointed. Rise Against continues to deliver the catchy, inspirational, hard-hitting sound that made albums like Siren Song of the Counterculture so great.  I’ve read some other reviews complaining that Black Market sounds too much like previous Rise Against albums, but guess what?  It’s Rise Against – get over it.  They have a unique sound that makes their albums distinctly theirs – would you criticize the Red Hot Chili Peppers for sounding too funky or singing about California?  Maybe, but you’d be just as wrong.  Rise Against are who they are, and if you don’t like what’s come before then you won’t like what’s coming up.


Rise Against will be playing Riotfest in Toronto  (Downsview Park) on September 6th with Billy Talent , The Cure and loads more.


The Black Market is Available now on iTunes

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