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by Brett Howard Rise Against’s latest release, Revolutions Per Minute, is a complete knock-out. From start to finish, front man Tim McIlrath pours his heart into the vocal performance on each song. Accompanied by guitar tracks so incredible, it would be difficult for me to name a band so well in harmony, so well in synchronicity, so well zoned into the loud resonance that is hard core punk. Take all the excellent songs off of Good Riddance’s first two albums, give ‘em a bit of the screaming vocal sound that is trendy in today’s

After a hugely successful North American tour with Saves The Day, appearances on Carson Daly, Fuse TV's IMX and a few days rest, Taking Back Sunday will headline the huge show at Soma on New Year’s Eve. They will be joined by Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, Yellowcard, Strung Out, Sugarcult, Rufio, Rise Against, and Avenged Sevenfold among others. This show should be one of the best events of the evening, and I am confirming features and show previews now. Please let me know if you are interested in covering Taking Back Sunday and this rockin’ night.

punk scene (although, not overdone ala Thursday), and then multiply them by 10 and you would get something similar to Revolutions. Folks, it just doesn’t get any better. Recently signed to Dreamworks while still touring under Fat Wreck, Rise Against sounds almost as good live as they do on the album. Previous fans of the band will be assured to know that they’re staying loyal to their sound and have no big changes in the works since signing with a major label. Rise Against is planning a new album and are headed into the studio early in 2004. In the meantime, catch them on tour all over the US with another of punk’s up and coming bands, Anti-Flag.

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