RISE AGAINST: The Unraveling: CD

This is their debut full length which is re-mastered and includes bonus tracks. I missed this the first time around because I was in a transition period leaving one magazine and coming to this one. I also passed this up thinking I would buy it the next time. But there are so many releases that I say I will buy and they eventually disappear. Fat comes to the rescue and boom! Here it is. Glad I got the second chance because I enjoy this more than their sophomore release Revolutions Per Minute. I do have a soft spot for their third full length that came out on a major, Siren Song of the Counter Culture. Some people might hate the big production on that one, but that is what I like about it. The production here is not off par. For those not familiar with this band, they have a lot of similarities with label mates Good Riddance: mid-tempo to fast punk numbers that have variety, not the cookie cutter three chord punk that members of this band have played in other bands in the past. Listening to this now, they were destined to be lured by a major. This band was writing music that was more advanced than a lot of their contemporaries at the time. The musicianship allowed for that. The songs already had a radio friendly edge to it. So if you missed out the first time like me, you have another chance.

 –don (Fat)