Disparity By Design
Rise Against, much like their heroes Bad Religion, never stray far from their strengths: melodic hardcore laced with lyrics and hard-rock heft. Endgame is the group's most accessible effort to date; this isn't a bad thing by any means. Everything here -- songwriting, arranging, production, etc. -- is razor-sharp and streamlined. Plus, there are some wildly catchy tunes, including "Make It Stop (September's Children)," "Broken Mirrors" and the anthemic "A Gentleman's Coup." This last track is particularly cool, as it fuses Dag Nasty's speed with the start-n-stop dynamics of the mighty Helmet.