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Single by Massive Attack
from the album Mezzanine
Released7 July 1997
Recorded1997 at Massive Attack and Christchurch Studios, Bristol
GenreTrip hop, electronica
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Robert del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles
Producer(s)Neil Davidge
Massive Attack singles chronology
Music video
"Risingson" on YouTube

"Risingson" is a song by the English trip hop group Massive Attack, released as a single on 7 July 1997. It is the first single from their third album Mezzanine and the eighth single overall.

Background and composition[edit]

The single contains a sample of "I Found a Reason", a song by The Velvet Underground.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Risingson" stars all the participating musicians in Mezzanine, excluding the guest singers. They are all in a house while a gimped man with a chainsaw is outside the house. Robert del Naja walks to a window to investigate the man, who is on the other side of the window, but he soon disappears as Del Naja spots him. Del Naja walks and leaves to head upstairs, until he notices the man again and decides to jump down the stairs. He tries to find the man's approximate location outside, but he is already sawing the back door down, near where Mushroom is located. He walks inside and follows Mushroom. Daddy G then walks to the front door and leaves the house, while Del Naja is in another room and spots another person outside climbing the walls. He sits down when there is an explosion behind him.[2]

Along with all the other music videos released with Mezzanine, the video was directed by Walter Stern.


Reception for the song was positive. John Bush of AllMusic described the song as "a dense, dark feature for Massive Attack themselves (on production as well as vocals), with a kitchen sink's worth of dubby effects and reverb."[3]


Massive Attack

  • Robert Del Naja – vocals, producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, guitars, samples, art direction, design
  • Grantley Marshall – vocals, producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples
  • Andrew Vowles – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples

Additional personnel

  • Neil Davidge – producer, arrangements, programming, keyboards, samples
  • Angelo Bruschini, Adam Drake – guitars
  • Jon Harris, Bob Locke, Winston Blisset – bass guitars
  • Andy Gangadeen – drums
  • Dave Jenkins, Michael Timothy – additional keyboards

Recording personnel

  • Jan Kybert – ProTools
  • Lee Shepherd – engineer (Massive Attack and Christchurch Studios)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (Olympic Studios)
  • Jan Kybert, Paul "P-Dub" Walton – assistant mixing
  • Tim Young – editing, engineer (Metropolis Studios)

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
UK Singles Chart 11[4]
Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) 30[5]
Ultratop 50 (Belgium Flanders region) 43[6]


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Massive Attack - Risingson". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Massive Attack - Risingson". Virgin Records. YouTube. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Mezzanine - Massive Attack". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Massive Attack". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Discography Massive Attack". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  6. ^ Dutch. "Discografie Massive Attack". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2012.