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

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.[2] "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."

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3] 4.5/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[4]

To promote Revolutions per Minute, Rise Against toured extensively with other Fat Wreck Chord bands like No Use for a Name and Anti-Flag,[5] and participated in the 2003 Warped Tour.[6] The album was released on April 8, 2003,[3] and although it failed to chart within Billboard 200, it did reach number thirty-five on the Independent Albums chart.[7]

Revolutions per Minute was well received by critics. Stuart Green of Exclaim! felt that Rise Against had matured in their songwriting, and that "instead of just thrashing out maximum beats per minute, they will occasionally slow things down".[8]'s Aubin Paul praised the album for its blend of hardcore punk and melodic hardcore, and declared it one of the best albums of the year.[1] Writing of AllMusic, Jo-Ann Greene described the music and lyrics as impassioned, capable of "rubbing emotions raw and minds numb".[3] Davey Boy of Sputnikmusic noted that "while it is not altogether successful as an isolated grouping of songs", he still complimented the album as a "solid and cohesive listen", and highlighted the musicianship between the band members.[4]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Bryne Yancey of argues that in the early 2000s, Rise Against helped popularize the melodic hardcore genre, and that after the release of Revolutions per Minute, "literally thousands of bands" were heavily influenced by the album's music and social commentary.[9] PopMatters Matthew Fiander considers the social commentary present in Revolutions per Minute to be timely, especially since there were rumors surrounding the invasion of Iraq while the album was being recorded.[10] Boy believes that Revolutions per Minute played an important role in shaping Rise Against's music, as it helped the band "find their feet and hone their craft", and was their first album to include aggressive social commentary, which became a staple in future albums.[4]

To commemorate the Revolutions per Minute's tenth anniversary, Fat Wreck Chords re-released the album as RPM10 on May 28, 2013. The re-release featured ten bonus tracks of demos.[11] Yancey felt that many of the album's track held up surprisingly well, but that the demos were neat but unessential additions.[9] In contrast, Fiander did not think that the lyrical content had aged well.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim McIlrath; all music composed by Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Todd Mohney, and Brandon Barnes, except where noted.

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" (Steve Perry, Neal Schon) 2:57
Total length:


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Revolutions per Minute.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Paul, Aubin (April 8, 2003). "Rise Against — Revolutions per Minute (2003)". Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "F.A.Q. by RiseAgainst". MCA Records. 2004-07-28. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b c Greene, Jo-Ann. "Rise Against — Revolutions per Minute". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Boy, Davey (March 30, 2009). "Rise Against — Revolutions per Minute". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ Despres, Shawn (June 24, 2003). "No Use for a Name + Anti-Flag + Rise Against". PopMatters. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (June 27, 2003). "Where Mouth Geysers Meet Cheesy Macaroni — Warped (Tour) Indeed". MTV. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rise Against – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ Green, Stuart (April 30, 2003). "Rise Against — Revolutions per Minute". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Yancey, Bryne (May 27, 2013). "Rise Against — RPM10 (2013)". Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Fiander, Matthew (May 30, 2013). "Rise Against — RPM10". PopMatters. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rise Against — RPM10". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ Revolutions per Minute (liner notes). Rise Against. Fat Wreck Chords. 2003. 

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