"Rise" (KOCH; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Formed from the ashes of Slaves of Dope and Unloco, nu-metal survivors Anew Revolution's debut disc, "Rise," showcases a band ready for rock radio and the extreme lifestyle rollercoaster.

Equipped with an array of big (yet somewhat shadowy) hooks casting over slightly manipulated programmed rhythms, a la Static-X, while gobs of fist-pumping riffs like the ones found in "My Generation" and "Rise" rip through the speakers, this experienced clan firmly exhibit a convincing wallop that's ripe for a wrestling pay-per-view endorsement, not to mention that their New Order cover of "True Faith" screams out for soundtrack inclusion.

Despite all this, their melodic hard rock is guilty of following the standard modern blueprint, which immediately renders them as far from groundbreaking as possible. But if you can prepare for an onslaught of everything from Drowning Pool to Staind and Sevendust to Linkin Park, then you are more than ready to dig in on "Rise."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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