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Hard rock classic?
on 9 September 2016
It has been a good ten years since I last heard this crazy little album. Rise is an extremely energetic début album from non other then the increasing popular band The Answer.
Albums like Rise reassures people like me that there is still a future for rock n roll. Listening back to this little beauty, it really hasn't aged a day and it is still every bit as fun as it was when I originally heard it. It is just unfortunate that I foolishly lost track of the band over time.
The sound on Rise is quite top notch hard rock and old school heavy metal. There are some powerful chord progressions, wailing guitar solos, heavy rhythm playing and some top quality vocal performances. Songs like Under The Sky, Never Too Late, Memphis Water and Sometimes Your Love will leave a lot of '70s rock fans satisfied or looking for more. Thankfully there is a lot more where that came from. Even the lesser tracks like the Come Follow Me have a lot going for it. It is not one of the albums strong points but it features quality musicianship and a chorus that no doubt goes down well with a live crowd.
I personally would consider this a modern classic.The band sound extremely energetic and full of life, the kind of energy that could keep this album going for years as it gets passed down from one generation to another. I also love the production sound on the album. It manages to avoid sounding dated. It also has a good kick to it whilst maintaining the required raw power of rock n roll as well as an over all clear quality sound. If I were to compare this to anything it would be Thunder's heyday. They have that same heavy blues filled rock that just oozes character.
Re-discovering an album like Rise is exactly what this website is all about. The Answer have been on my radar for a long time and it took until now for me to get back to their music, it is a journey worth taking. This album will inspire kids to pick up an instrument and re-light the flame in the hearts of older rockers. This is damn good music.
Published by Steven Lornie