The Sufferer & the Witness

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The Sufferer & the Witness
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Studio album by Rise Against
Released July 4, 2006
Recorded January–April 2006 at The Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado
Genre Melodic hardcore,[1] punk rock[2], hardcore punk
Length 42:37
Label Geffen
Producer Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore
Rise Against chronology
Siren Song of the Counter Culture
The Sufferer & the Witness
Generation Lost
Singles from The Sufferer & the Witness
  1. "Ready to Fall"
    Released: May 30, 2006
  2. "Prayer of the Refugee"
    Released: December 6, 2006
  3. "The Good Left Undone"
    Released: June 25, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 86%[3]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club B[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
PopMatters 8/10[1] 4/5 stars[7]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[10]

The Sufferer & the Witness is the fourth album by American punk rock band Rise Against. The album was released on July 4, 2006. It was their second release on major label Geffen Records, following 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture. It is their final studio album on Geffen, and the last to feature guitarist Chris Chasse. It sold 48,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #10 on the Billboard 200.[11] The album has been certified gold by the RIAA and platinum by the CRIA. It is Rise Against's only album with a parental advisory sticker on it, due to the album's final song "Survive" containing profanity.

Writing and production[edit]

After the success of their major label debut, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, and its single, "Swing Life Away", Rise Against returned to the studio in January 2006 to record their fourth studio album.[12] The band had been writing songs and ideas during the Siren Song of the Counter Culture tour and had completed five songs by early December 2005. Also in December, it was announced that Bill Stevenson would produce the upcoming album at the Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado.[13] Pre-production began in January 2006 in Chicago.[12] The album was recorded at the Blasting Room with producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore for 12 weeks between January and April 2006.[14] The band talked about the sound and release date of the album in April, saying, "We're pretty excited and can't wait for you to hear it. You won't find any acoustic guitar on this one, but perhaps a few other surprises and curveballs await your curious ears...look for an early summer release."[14] The album's name was revealed in the same news release; it would be titled The Sufferer & the Witness.[14] The album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge in Los Angeles, and production was completed in April 2006.[15]

In the album's liner notes, there is a recommended reading list, which includes Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.


The Sufferer & the Witness was released on July 4, 2006 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the highest position the band reached at the time. Their highest charting album, Endgame, which was released in 2011 reached number 2 on the same chart.[16] By August 2006, the album had sold over 140,000 copies.[17]

The album received positive reviews, Corey Apar of AllMusic described the album "one shout-along, mosh-worthy song after another". He praised the music's "sincerity and passion" and described it "maturing within the realms of major-label hardcore revivalism, while still remaining relevant and exciting". The album received a rating of four out of five stars, while "Ready to Fall", the hugely popular "Prayer of the Refugee" and "The Good Left Undone" earned Rise Against its heaviest airplay to date.[2] The song "Under the Knife" appeared in the soundtrack for the 2008 Box office hit film Never Back Down.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim McIlrath; all music composed by Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe, Brandon Barnes and Chris Chasse.

No. Title Length
1. "Chamber the Cartridge" 3:35
2. "Injection" 3:19
3. "Ready to Fall" 3:47
4. "Bricks" 1:30
5. "Under the Knife" 2:45
6. "Prayer of the Refugee" 3:21
7. "Drones" 3:01
8. "The Approaching Curve" 3:44
9. "Worth Dying For" 3:20
10. "Behind Closed Doors" 3:15
11. "Roadside" 3:21
12. "The Good Left Undone" 4:10
13. "Survive" 3:40
Total length: 42:37





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