RISE: Self-titled: CD

There was a time not too long ago when every goddamned hardcore band that popped up was dropping In Flames/At The Gates/Dark Tranquility/etc. as their main influences. Then that kinda morphed into the black hair/makeup/tight pants/misnomered-screamo thing. Rise sounds a lot like that first wave of post-Swedish melo-death hardcore (which I’ll take over its current form any day). Actually, they remind me a lot of Undying, who I was pretty obsessed with for a while in the early 2000s. Raw, heavy, but clear production, vicious vocals, but no lyric sheet or info of any kind in the CD, which is a bit of a bummer. Pretty rad.

 –Dave William (Self-released, myspace.com/risecore)