Revolutions Per Minute CD – Fat Wreck
Much unlike many of the forefathers
that made punk what it is today, current spiky-haired, sneer-pitching,
warp-speed debasers of society seem to have ventured to the
other end of the spectrum over the past decade, penning songs
concerning the politics of breakfast cereal and other inconsequential
subjects. But with another stinky Bush in office and another
questionable war dragging on to no foreseeable end, the punk-niks
are going back to the basics, rallying Against government and
other forms of authority with vigor. Rise Against, on sophomore
effort Revolutions Per Minute, give punk a welcome
makeover without sacrificing salience, mixing semi-speedy meter
with moving breakdowns and multi-faceted vocals from Chad Price,
who sounds like Dennis Lyxzen one moment, Greg Graffin the next.
Disregarding which paramount punk/hardcore artist Price oogles,
his lyrical lamentations are snub-filled and packed with sincerity.
On “Blood Red, White, and Blue,” Price protests
our country’s choice of which nations to engage in combat,
shouting, “What did you have to say?/ Give me your logic,
your definition, the words you twist to justify your position
of mass starvation and blind air strikes/ Every problem is solved
with a fight.” Other tracks cover similar ground, and
some of the riffs and build-ups are truly worth a hearty perusing.
Employing political epithets and raging-hot dynamics, Rise Against
score points for punk with the superb Revolutions Per Minute.
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