As a general rock music fan, I consider myself to be well versed in many different types of rock music. I would classify Rise Against in the punk/hard category. Rise against is one of my favorite bands in this particular category. Their music style is so original. Tim Mcllrath (lead singer) has such an original voice. This is their latest album released on Oct. 7 2008. I have listened to it ever since. The album combines some of the bands old hardcore style with some new rhythms and beats for new listeners. I would consider Rise Against to be linked with some other punk bands such as Rage against the Machine, The Offspring, Alkaline Trio, and maybe even Taking Back Sunday; just to name a few. If you are a fan of punk/hard rock music and have not checked out Rise Against's Appeal To Reason, you need to immediately. That is all for now. Stay tuned for more good music reviews.