Rise Against is a {{Punk Rock}} band from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, Illinois, formed in 1999 under the name Transistor Revolt. The band was renamed Rise Against before the release of their first album ''The Unraveling'' in 2001.

Notably, the band members are all activists of human and animal rights, which is no empty promise. They are all vegans, and live an entirely drug-and-alcohol-free lifestyle (with the exception of drummer Brandon Barnes).

The band has undergone something of a style shift from their first album to their more recent works starting with ''Appeal to Reason'' - from straight PunkRock to a more mainstream sound, although the social commentary in the lyrics has always remained intact. Opinion is divided on which, if any, is the better sound.

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!! Members:
* Tim [=McIlrath=]: lead vocals, guitar (1999)
* Zach Blair: lead guitar (2007)
* Joe Principe: bass, backing vocals (1999)
* Brandon Barnes: drums, percussion (2000)

!! Former Members:
* Dan Wlekinski lead guitar, backing vocals (19992001)
* Kevin White lead guitar, backing vocals (200102)
* Todd Mohney lead guitar, backing vocals (200204)
* Chris Chasse lead guitar, backing vocals (200407)
* Toni Tintari drums, percussion (19992000)
* Dan Lumley drums, percussion (2000)

!! Studio discography:
* ''The Unraveling'' (2001)
* ''Revolutions per Minute'' (2003)
* ''Siren Song of the Counter Culture'' (2004)
* ''The Sufferer & the Witness'' (2006)
* ''Appeal to Reason'' (2008)
* ''Endgame'' (2011)
* ''The Black Market'' (2014)
* ''Wolves'' (2017)

! '''''The tropes part when they hit the floor''''':
* AfterTheEnd: The song ''Endgame'' from the album of the same name features a society collapsing upon itself, but the [[AWorldHalfFull narrator and his partner are better off for it.]] Alluded to in the song ''People Live Here''.
* ArcNumber: {{Downplayed|Trope}} on ''Appeal to Reason'', in which the final three songs ("Savior," "Hairline Fracture," and "Whereabouts Unknown") all run the same length - 4 minutes and 2 seconds.
* BeautifulAllAlong - Tim [=McIlrath=] as explained by [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwdrxb6hnv1qfhtouo1_500.jpg this comic.]]
* {{Bookends}}: "Hero of War" begins and ends with the same two lines:
-->He said "Son, have you seen the world? / Well what would you say if I said that you could?"
* BlandNameProduct: In the music video of "Give It All", a crew defaces a billboard for [=WcBurger's=], which has the upside-down logo of the golden arches of UsefulNotes/McDonalds. In addition, the billboard advertises hamburgers.
* BreakupSong: "Everchanging", "The Approaching Curve", "Blood to Bleed".
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** Especially notable examples include "Injection", "State of the Union" and "Dead Ringer".
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The home of the band and the setting for their videos. Not that they have any particular affinity for it, a bunch of punk rock anarchists bomb the hell out of it in the video for "Re-Education (Through Labor)".
* ClusterFBomb: "Survive" has the F word in it four times, which is a unique deviation from the band's [[PrecisionFStrike usual style]].
* CoverVersion: The band has recored a couple of covers such as "Ballad of Hollis Brown" by Creator/BobDylan, Sliver by Music/{{Nirvana}} and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Music/BruceSpringsteen
* {{Crossover}}: With Music/{{Flobots}}. Tim [=McIlrath=] performs the lead vocals for the group in their song "White Flag Warrior".
* TheDeadHaveNames: "Make It Stop (September's Children)." The alternate title is [[TearJerker significant]].
* DownerEnding:
** "Hero of War": [[spoiler: the man in the story fails to stop his friends from committing war crimes ([[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything which are suspiciously similar to some committed by US troops in a certain Iraq prison]]), and then falls to peer pressure and joins in. Later, he ends up killing a woman who was unarmed and holding a white flag. The man ends up going home, broken and defeated, with his love of country tainted by what he's seen in war.]]
** "The Approaching Curve": [[spoiler: During an argument with the narrator, the girlfriend/wife presumably drives their vehicle off of a cliff (either due to the anger or a distraction), killing them both.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: "Heaven Knows"
** Also, "Make It Stop (September's Children)", at least 'til the [[MoodWhiplash last chorus]].
* DualMeaningChorus - Many of their songs can be interpreted in multiple ways.
* EcoTerrorist: "The Eco-Terrorist in Me" is an homage to the concept, suggesting that "burning factories" is acceptable because businessmen are the "true criminals".
* GilliganCut: "Hero of War": After the first verse and chorus, you're sure the song's about a man who's proud to be in the military. In the second verse, however, [[spoiler: he and a few fellow troops break into a civilian's house and kidnap one of her children]]. After which he [[DualMeaningChorus either]] ''[[SelectiveObliviousness still believes he'll be a war hero]]'', [[StepfordSnarker or is simply being sarcastic]].
* HiddenTrack: There's a rather faithful cover of Music/{{Journey}}'s "Any Way You Want It", [[MoodWhiplash of all things]] on ''Revolutions per Minute'', which plays about a minute after the last song ends.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid" "Hero of War" and "Survivor Guilt"
* LongRunnerLineUp: The current lineup qualified as a Type 2 on March 1, 2017.
* LoudnessWar: {{Averted|Trope}} with their first two albums (on an Indie label), played straight with the rest of their discography.
* LyricalDissonance: The catchy and upbeat-sounding chorus of Savior stands in sharp contrast to the desperate and rather depressing lyrics.
* MeaningfulName: Former guitarist Mr. Precision.
* MetalScream: Tim sometimes makes use of a rather harsh roar, despite the band's lack of other metallic elements.
* MusicVideoOvershadowing
* NewSoundAlbum: Starting with ''Siren Song of the Counter Culture'', they began to ramp up the political tone of their lyrics, while acquiring a more polished, mainstream sound. Opinions on this direction vary, but are generally positive.
* NonAppearingTitle: Played straight in many songs, averted in others.
** "Make It Stop (September's Children)" is [[PlayingWithATrope half an example]], as "Make it stop" is a line in the chorus, but "September's children" is not in the song.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: "Hero of War" is essentially a string of these after the first chorus.
* PepTalkSong: "Survive". "Halfway There".
** Arguably distilled to its purest form with "Tragedy + Time".
* PowerBallad: "Swing Life Away", "Roadside"
* ProtestSong: Well, duh. ''Endgame'', in particular, is almost a Protest ''album''.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated", "SurvivorGuilt", "Architects", "State of the Union", and "The Great Die-Off"
** For a band whose music tackles such heavy, powerful themes, they rarely curse. As such, any instance where they use foul language certainly counts as a PrecisionFStrike. For example, in "The Great Die-Off", the chorus says "We want it all and we want it now.". The third time it's said, however, it's replaced by a more powerful "We want the motherfucking world and we want it now".
* {{Scatting}}: Savior was in ''VideoGame/TheSims3''
* SingleTear: In "Savior", the first verse uses this to allude to loneliness.
-->''As the telling signs of age rain down, a single tear is dropping''\\
''Through the valleys of an aging face that this world has forgotten''
* SpokenWordInMusic: The verses of "The Approaching Curve". They also use clips of dialogue from ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' in "Last Chance Blueprint" and dialogue from the film Henry Fool in "Reception Fades".
** There is also some dialogue in "Survivor Guilt".
* StepfordSmiler: "Paper Wings" and "Audience of One"
* StepfordSnarker: "Hero of War", [[DualMeaningChorus during the second chorus, possibly]].
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Swing Life Away"
* TakeThat: Compare the Music/AgainstMe song "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" with "Architects"
** '''Against Me!:''' Do you remember when you were young? And you wanted to set the world on fire?
** '''Rise Against:''' Do you remember when you were young? And you wanted to set the world on fire? Well, I still am, and I still do!
** "Blood Red, White, and Blue" is a pretty big TakeThat against the Bush administration.
-->would God bless a murder of the innocent?\\
would God bless a war based on pride?\\
would God bless a money-hungry government? No!
* TheRunaway: "Paper Wings"
* WanderlustSong: "Anywhere But Here"
* WarIsHell
* AWorldHalfFull: "Worth Dying For" and the ending to ''Endgame''.