Rise Against's 'Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013' is everything you'd expect it to be. But that's not a bad thing.
First track Historia Calamitatum is powerful, catchy and dripping with attitude. The same can be said for Death Blossoms - whether you're the dance-at-the-back-by-the-bar type or someone who throws themselves headfirst into the moshpit, you'll love it. It's even got that typical breakdown for the crowd to chant along. Brilliant.
Throughout the 26-track album, there's a healthy mixture of Rise Against originals and covers, including Little Boxes, which some of you will recognise as the theme song from Weeds, and Rise Against manage to give it their personal punk spin. Surprisingly, it works.
The band have been brave in the array of musicians they've chosen to cover, from Danny Elfman's Making Christmas (definitely an interesting twist to the holidays), to Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown (one of the band's biggest influences), and Journey's 1980's hit Anyway You Want It.
Most of the tracks are under 3 minutes, with the exception of the live performance of Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad, featuring Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer and Brian Fallon, clocking in at an impressive 8 minutes 37 seconds. It's a perfect closer for this album, and no less perfect for being a live track.
Frontman Tim McIlrath described the tracks on this album as "the lost children of Rise Against", and explains that if these songs weren't good enough, they'd have been "scrapped along the way". We're lucky that Rise Against decided to compile this album - it's a fantastic look at the band's development and change over the past 13 years.
'Long Forgotten Songs' is a must for any Rise Against fan, and I'd recommend it to any punk rock fan. I can guarantee you'll love this one.