13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Endgame picks up where its successful predecessor, Appeal to Reason, left off: contrasting anger with melody. But as the title suggests, this 2011 offering takes the end days of mankind as its theme. “Architects” kicks off as a pummeling hardcore rhythm section pounds under winding guitars and Tim McIlrath rails against political apathy; he sometimes sounds like Ian MacKaye fronting Bad Religion. In the highly accessible “Help Is on the Way” he jabs at those who pine for a liberal-leaning superhero to stand up against the corporate machine before the even catchier “Make It Stop (September's Children)” muses on the everymen fighting for the right to live as the corporations destroy the world. “Broken Mirrors” features old-school punk with relevantly empowering lyrics set to sing-along melodies, while the anthemic “A Gentlemen’s Coup” works in winding guitars and staccato rhythms that make way for powerful, fist-pumping gang vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Endgame picks up where its successful predecessor, Appeal to Reason, left off: contrasting anger with melody. But as the title suggests, this 2011 offering takes the end days of mankind as its theme. “Architects” kicks off as a pummeling hardcore rhythm section pounds under winding guitars and Tim McIlrath rails against political apathy; he sometimes sounds like Ian MacKaye fronting Bad Religion. In the highly accessible “Help Is on the Way” he jabs at those who pine for a liberal-leaning superhero to stand up against the corporate machine before the even catchier “Make It Stop (September's Children)” muses on the everymen fighting for the right to live as the corporations destroy the world. “Broken Mirrors” features old-school punk with relevantly empowering lyrics set to sing-along melodies, while the anthemic “A Gentlemen’s Coup” works in winding guitars and staccato rhythms that make way for powerful, fist-pumping gang vocals.

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