I had never heard of Rise Against until January, when my boyfriend asked me to buy him the album while I was in Florida, as he was having trouble finding it. Needless to say, I had a sneaky listen, and so had to get it for myself, because I love it so much! It is an absolutely amazing find and I would highly recommend it.
You don't have to be a hardcore fan to enjoy it, and , as with others, State of the Union worried me a bit a first, but upon further listening I fell in love with all of the songs. I have quite diverse musical tastes anyway, ranging from Blink 182 to System of a Down to Hot Action Cop, so I would say that most rock fans in general would appreciate the musical and lyrical skill in Rise Against's work. I have since been accumulating their previous CDs, and I am actually going to see them play in Glasgow this Friday. the 7th May! Buy it, it'll change your life for the better!