WOLVES, the new album from Rise Against, will be released tomorrow via EMI Australia. and features powerhouse singles “The Violence” and “House on Fire”. Rise Against chose to record its eighth studio album, WOLVES, with GRAMMY-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Deftones). Recording with Raskulinecz meant moving to Nashville, TN – far from the band’s familiar worlds of Chicago and Los Angeles, and a state where Rise Against has rarely played.
The setting had a clear impact on the album. “Living in Nashville drove home that we can’t just focus on our differences,” McIlrath says. “If we can stop and talk to each other, face to face, we might realize our common ground. We are all wolves in the same pack, circling at the gates.”
Throughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With WOLVES, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together.
The album is about recognizing the power within; it’s a primal call for the prey to become the hunters. WOLVES is the follow up to 2014’s The Black Market, which hit No. 1 on the Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts in the U.S. and topped album charts in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Germany. Alternative Press said, “Whatever meaning you take from them [the songs]…one thing remains solid—the sheer heart with which they were forged and the very visceral emotion they contain” and Kerrang praised the album as “a magnificent wake-up call.” Rise Against is Tim McIlrath (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Zach Blair (lead guitar), Joe Principe (bass) and Brandon Barnes (drums). WOLVES is out on Friday June 9 through EMI Australia and can be pre-ordered HERE, with single “The Violence” out now
— “Eighteen years and eight albums into their career and Rise Against deliver one of the most important albums of their career in the form of WOLVES.” – Heavy Magazine – 4/5 Stars “What ‘Wolves’ delivers however, is their most polished and politically charged album to date.” – Rogue Inc
“If you’re looking at sticking it to the man, then Wolves can definitely be your soundtrack and is definitely an album to get behind.” – Metal Wani