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Anew Revolution - "Rise" (CD)

Anew Revolution - "Rise" CD cover image

"Rise" track listing:

1. Done
2. N.M.E.
3. Generation
4. Rise
5. Saddest Song
6. California Burning
7. True Faith
8. Let Go
9. Beautiful
10. The Lonely
11. Love To Hate

Reviewed by on January 26, 2011

"A shade heavier, but also less focused than the band's 2010 follow-up, 'iMerica,' 'Rise' is nonetheless, a pretty worthy full-length debut for Anew Revolution. "

Sometimes it takes a while for a band to completely gel — especially when many of the band's members came out of other known groups. Such is the case with "Rise," the first full-length studio album from Anew Revolution, whose members include Unloco singer/guitarist Joey Duenas and ex-Slaves on Dope players Frank Salvaggio and Robert Urbani on bass and drums, as well as guitarist Shaun Stockton.

The melodic sensibility the band would find on its superior follow-up, "iMerica" (reviewed here), is definitely percolating on this album, especially on tracks like "True Faith" and "Saddest Song," which emphasize Duenas' considerable skills as a melodic vocalist, but still retain a sense of metallic sharpness.

Less successful are more conventionally "heavy" tracks like "N.M.E." and "Rise," which have Duenas falling into near-rap cadences, resulting in a nu-metal feel that sounds a bit dated (and probably sounded that way when the album was released in 2008). "Rise" especially has its share of Fred Dust-isms, with Duenas imploring us to "stand the fuck up and rise."

As with "iMerica," there are plenty of great instrumental moments, ranging from the creepy "backwards" intro to "Saddest Song," to the sharp guitar fills in "California Burning" and the extended instrumental opening of "The Lonely."

A shade heavier, but also less focused than the band's 2010 follow-up, "iMerica," "Rise" is nonetheless, a pretty worthy full-length debut for Anew Revolution.

Highs: "Saddest Song," "California Burning" and "The Lonely"

Lows: Though not bad, tracks like "N.M.E." and "Rise" feel a bit dated.

Bottom line: A worthy full-length debut album, with plenty of hard rock licks and attitude.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)