Anew Revolution – Rise

Anew Revolution – Rise / 2008 Koch / http://www.myspace.com/anewrevolution /

Individuals that are not familiar with Anew Revolution may be familiar with the acts that the members of the band were present in before this act. Members of Slaves on Dope and Unloco have created this new act, and “Rise” marks the first full length album for the band (the act has released two EPs, in 2005 and 2007). The disc starts off with “Done”, a track that links together the hard rock of acts like White Zombie with the more classic metal of acts like Judas Priest. “Done” will titillate individuals in much the same way that Union Underground or Disturbed did a few years back, and Hellyeah does in the current. The band moves into “N.M.E.”, a track that contains many of the same structures and styles first broached during “Done”.

The act may run into a problem if they continue to follow the same roadmap that they laid out during these tracks, as the band may have problems further differentiating their sound. This problem is avoided during “Generations”, which eschews much of the heavier type of sound for a more nuanced and subtle approach. The style of music that Anew Revolution play during this track is still radio rock, but the styles and influences touched during this track is slightly different. The band speeds things back up for the titular track for “Rise”, and make yet another ploy for rock rotation radio. While each of the tracks on “Rise” are solid on their own, there does not seem to be that one track that will immediately bring Anew Revolution to prominence.

The act just treads too much of the same ground that other acts (Papa Roach, Godsmack, Another Animal, Alter Bridge, Disturbed, and the like) have followed in the past. Fans of those acts will find tracks that they like, but there is the very possible problem of individuals attributing the tracks on “Rise” to another act. What the band should look to do with subsequent albums is really craft a style that is distinct from anything else on the radio. I despise Nickelback, but at least individuals know exactly who is on the radio when their tracks are played. Give the disc a go if you like the nu rock that is infiltrated the radio over the last five to ten years. If you don’t, “Rise” may just be an album that individuals can pass for the time being.

Top Tracks: Let Go, Love To Hate

Rating: 5.2/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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