Greg Kot
March 17, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Endgame

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
82011
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Pounding out Metallica-size riffs and hammering cowbells, and occasionally lurching to a crawl, Chicago quartet Rise Against toggle between arena-metal overkill and anthemic Bad Religion-style punk. Endgame, rife with doomsday images, plays to both the band’s strengths (shout-from-the-rooftops melodies) and weaknesses (a flair for the melodramatic). Fortunately, singer Tim McIlrath’s vein-popping zeal keeps things on course. B

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