Revolutions per Minute (Rise Against album)

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Revolutions per Minute
Revolutions per minute (album).jpg
Studio album by Rise Against
Released April 8, 2003
Recorded November–December 2002 at the Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Genre Hardcore punk,[1] punk rock[1]
Length 37:42
Label Fat Wreck Chords
FAT 653-2
Producer Bill Stevenson
Jason Livermore
Rise Against chronology
The Unraveling
Revolutions per Minute
Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Singles from Revolutions per Minute
  1. "Like the Angel"
    Released: April 8, 2003
  2. "Heaven Knows"
    Released: October 19, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2] 4.5/5 stars (2003)[1]
5/5 stars (2013)[3]

Revolutions per Minute is the second album by American punk rock band Rise Against. It features the singles "Like the Angel" and "Heaven Knows", as well as a cover of Journey's "Any Way You Want It". The album had a limited release on vinyl (217 of which were on red vinyl) which is now out of print.[citation needed] It was the band's last release under Fat Wreck Chords prior to their move to Geffen Records, where they released Siren Song of the Counter Culture in 2004. It is also the only album to feature guitarist Todd Mohney.

Inside the album cover, there is a copyright to Transistor Revolt, the band's name before they switched to Rise Against.

On May 28, 2013, the album celebrated its tenth anniversary with a re-release titled RPM10. It contains 10 bonus tracks of demos in addition to the original track list, though the cover of "Any Way You Want It" by Journey that was a hidden track on the original release is absent from the reissue.


Revolutions per Minute's major themes are socio-political (note "Blood-Red, White, & Blue" and "Black Masks & Gasoline"), but also cover personal issues and relationships ("Like the Angel" and "Heaven Knows"). The song "Last Chance Blueprint" features clips of dialogue from the film American Beauty.[4] "Like the Angel" is featured on the soundtrack to the skateboarding video game, Tony Hawk's Underground and it was also featured in the mountain bike film The Collective. "Heaven Knows" is Rise Against's debut music video and is also featured on the Fat Wreck Chords retrospective collection. The song "Black Masks & Gasoline" was used in Shine Some Light: A Benefit for Dan Lang-Gunn. The hidden 13th track, "Data", is not available for purchase on iTunes, even though the rest of the album is available. On the name of the album, Tim McIlrath said in an interview with "RPM was kind of sarcastic; so many bands just throwing the word "revolution" around and that kind of thing you were led to believe there was a revolution every minute and it was a word that I still didn't take lightly and I was upset that it was being taken lightly."

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim McIlrath, all music composed by Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes and Todd Mohney, unless stated otherwise.

No. Title Length
1. "Black Masks & Gasoline"   2:59
2. "Heaven Knows"   3:23
3. "Dead Ringer"   1:31
4. "Halfway There"   3:41
5. "Like the Angel"   2:46
6. "Voices Off Camera:"   2:17
7. "Blood-Red, White & Blue"   3:38
8. "Broken English"   3:25
9. "Last Chance Blueprint"   2:14
10. "To the Core"   1:33
11. "Torches"   3:41
12. "Amber Changing"   3:39
13. "Any Way You Want It" (Journey cover; written and composed by Steve Perry and Neal Schon) 2:57
Total length:
  • Track 13 is a hidden track and is under the title "Data"

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 Top Independent Albums 15
Top Heatseekers (Mountain) 9



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