Despite these criticisms, Rise Against more or less succeed as much as they fail, and it is these successes that carry the album. The Violence, with its first-rate groove, was a strong choice for lead single, infusing Tim McIlrath’s politically and socially aware lyrics with the pointed philosophical question “is the violence in our nature?” and while the bridge doesn’t quite land – neither being similar or different enough from the rest of the track – it doesn’t dilute the song’s potency. Bullshit and Miracle showcase lyrical refrains that will no doubt see fans chanting along and pumping their fists in the air, and the former’s reggae inspired guitar riff represents Wolves’ greatest sonic departure from the norm.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 8th June 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.