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On The Rise Burning Inside


01. Life’s Trap 02. So Slowly Fade 03. Dawn of a New Millennium (MP3) 04. Never Had... 05. Commotion 06. Burning Inside 07. Blank Stare 08. Severed Ties 09. Time is Now 10. Far Behind 11. Turncoat 12. On the Rise
2003 Bridge Nine Records
Our score 7

5/22/2004

During the past two or three years, as the resurgence of the traditional hardcore sound has become increasingly popular, I’ve become increasingly less interested. It’s not that I hate this sound, but I do hate that every band is starting to sound more and more similar. With the amount of bands that are playing this style, it’s going to become a mess in the near future. Luckily for Long Island’s, On the Rise, they have a little something that is setting them about two feet apart from the pack. Bridge Nine has had a knack for releasing quality hardcore records. However, I’ll be the first to say, that I get quite confused by all their releases. While I’ve liked a few of their releases, and I’ve heard even more, I noticed that many of the bands sound so similar, that I couldn’t keep up with what band I was listening to. “Burning Inside” is the first Bridge Nine release that has stood out to me since Carry On’s “A Life Less Plagued.” On the Rise plays the traditional sound of hardcore, but they don’t exactly sound like a young band trying to play old fashion hardcore, such as a band like With Honor or The Comeback Kid. On the Rise has a great old-school, NYHC sound that brings to mind Sick of It All, but have fused that with a modern, melodic edge that reminds me of Reach the Sky. It works very well, and makes for some catchy hardcore songs. At times, On the Rise’s songs are played with a great sense of melody, and sound more like melodic punk songs than New York hardcore. But then they turn the intensity up, and play very raw, driving hardcore. I can’t decide which I like better, because these guys do both extremely well. They even recruited some of their friends, such as Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Mike Scondotto (Inhuman), Rob Cullin (Everybody Gets Hurt), and Aaron Knuckles (Death Threat), for guest vocals. It’s hard for me to compare On the Rise to any one sound, which is why I like them. It’s too melodic, yet too pissed to be pigeonholed. It’s just good hardcore. Lyrically, On the Rise is fairly typical, with songs about dealing with personal struggles, and being strong and positive. I’ve heard it all before, but it fits with the music. The production and mix on “Burning Inside” is excellent, and compliments the group's style. All the instruments have nice, natural tones, and sound quite powerful. The cover art was done by Derek Hess, and of course, is great. Bottom Line: Bridge Nine has a winner with On the Rise. This has to be one of the most melodic, catchiest hardcore albums, and is up on my list next to Stay Gold’s “Pills and Advice.” I think any fan of hardcore would love this album, and while this album is obviously not going to win any award in originality, On the Rise does make an effort stand a few feet away from the rest. I just hope they continue moving.

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