Rise Against

Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013

4 Stars

Chicago punk band Rise Against has rerecorded and released a selection from 13 years of material that has been cut from past albums. On “Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers,” you will hear over an hour of music spread across 26 songs. This eclectic mix of tracks spanning over a decade fails to disappoint. With over half of the tracks unavailable in the US except on bootlegs and imports, the majority of this album should be new even for fans who own every CD.

With selections covering each album, this collection has the signature sound from each release, from the rough, hardcore leanings of “The Unraveling” and “Revolutions per Minute” to the smoother and more evenly mastered “Appeal to Reason” and “Endgame.” Even the covers provide a unique take while paying homage to some of the most influential bands, like Journey and Minor Threat, which have come before them.

For long-time fans this album is a must buy, unless of course you’ve uncovered these unpublished treasures making the rounds on music blogs. For those who own one of the previous albums, you should definitely pick this up. And finally, for anyone who’s looking for a new band to listen to, I’d actually give this album a miss and pick up “Siren Song for the Counter Culture” or “The Sufferer & The Witness” to get your first taste of Rise Against.

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