Posted by: ericclark | October 6, 2008

Will Rise Against debut at No. 1?

                                            “Appeal to Reason” by Rise Against

Will Rise Against’s fifth album, “Appeal to Reason” (out Oct. 7),  debut at No. 1? Possibly. But a better question might be, “Who the heck is Rise Against?”

Rise Against is a politically left-leaning rock band that has been dabbling with mainstream success for the last few years. The group earned its dues on the hardcore punk scene in the early ’00s, and now Rise Against seems to be on the brink of commercial dominance.

Why do I think “Appeal to Reason” even has a shot at debuting at No. 1? Well, Rise Against’s last album, “The Sufferer and the Witness,” debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s album chart back in 2006. Plus, Rise Against has a whopping 19 million profile views on its MySpace page, which shows plenty of clout.

Rise Against’s new-release competition on Oct. 7? Oasis’ seventh album and a holiday retread by Elliot Yamin of “American Idol.” We’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, watch the video for “Re-Education (Through Labor),” the first single from “Appeal to Reason.” The ending is a bit disturbing, but in a manner that’s more philosophical than gruesome.

What do you think?

UPDATE: Rise Against’s “Appeal to Reason” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s chart. Not bad!



  1. That’s not bad indeed – infact it’s their personal best yet! Perhaps, with the release of this album, their next (if or when they do produce a sixth) will make it to number one. We, the followers, can only hope of this.

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