The Sufferer & the Witness

The Sufferer & the Witness

by Rise AgainstRise Against

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Overview

The Sufferer & the Witness finds Rise Against continuing on the path begun on 2004's well-received Siren Song of the Counter Culture. Their melodic hardcore may still sound more mainstream accessible, but this can hardly be looked at as a bad thing. After all, the band's sincerity and passion emerge very much intact -- their socially conscious approach no less pressing -- and new and old fans alike should take to Sufferer with open arms. With producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore manning the controls this time around, the band's inner grit is aptly drawn out amid all the pit-ready choruses and fist-in-the-air, stirring lyrics. As such, Rise Against continue to muscularly confront political and personal grievances to the tune of swirling guitars, assertive rhythms, and Tim McIlrath's sandpapered vocals. However, "Chamber the Cartridge" doesn't quite open the record with the same acidic bite as past lead tracks, as the chorus is lacking something in its delivery to really hit a nerve. This later happens again in songs like "Under the Knife" and the ferocious-yet-still-slightly-missing "Worth Dying For," but moments like these are, in truth, more the exception than the rule. "Injection" and "Ready to Fall" bring things back into invigorating Rise Against territory early on, while "Bricks" stands out as a vicious blast of old-school hardcore energy and power. This record is basically one shout-along, mosh-worthy song after another, though the guys do throw in some interesting moments outside of continual rushes of pure adrenaline. The excellent "Prayer of the Refugee" jarringly alternates between plaintive guitars and weary singing to an empowered chorus and exploding rhythm section to affectingly address the plight of displaced families of war; the frustrated disconnect distressing a troubled relationship is represented surprisingly well in "The Approaching Curve," with its driving use of spoken word and complementary female backing vocals. Essentially, The Sufferer & the Witness showcases Rise Against maturing within the realms of major-label hardcore revivalism, while still remaining relevant and exciting. So even with the occasional letdown, there's a lot to be said for Rise Against pulling everything off with as much substance and strength as they do the whole way through.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2006
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498594100
catalogNumber: 000697602
Rank: 26098

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rise Against   Primary Artist
Brandon Barnes   Drums,Group Member
Chad Price   Background Vocals
Chris Chasse   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Joe Principe   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tim McIlrath   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Emily Schambra   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Bill Stevenson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jason Livermore   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Andrew Berlin   Engineer,String Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
Rise Against   Composer
Tim McIlrath   Composer,Author
Johnny Schou   Engineer,String Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
Andrew Zbihlys   Illustrations
Todd Russell   Art Direction

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