The Sufferer & the Witness The Vans Warped tour, that traveling circus of MySpace-era anger, disaffection, and merchandising, has a surprise breakout this year in Rise Against, a long-running Chicago… The Sufferer & the Witness The Vans Warped tour, that traveling circus of MySpace-era anger, disaffection, and merchandising, has a surprise breakout this year in Rise Against, a long-running Chicago… 2006-07-04 Rise Against Rock
Music Review

The Sufferer & the Witness (2006)

ON THE 'RISE' ''Sufferer'' landed in the top 10, the highest chart position ever for Against
Image credit: Rise Against: Anthony Saint James
ON THE 'RISE' ''Sufferer'' landed in the top 10, the highest chart position ever for Against
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 04, 2006; Lead Performance: Rise Against; Genre: Rock

The Vans Warped tour, that traveling circus of MySpace-era anger, disaffection, and merchandising, has a surprise breakout this year in Rise Against, a long-running Chicago hardcore band whose fourth album, The Sufferer & the Witness, just landed them for the first time on Billboard's top 10. They may not be in the first bloom of youth, but their relentless riffs, howling screamo choruses, and pissed-off rhetoric clearly connect with a new generation of kids in black hoodies. And, with its burly, epic compositions, the CD might appeal to old dudes, too.

Originally posted Jul 21, 2006 Published in issue #888 Jul 28, 2006 Order article reprints