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Saliva: Rise Up

Rise Up

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Saliva entered into recognition, for me anyway, when they featured on the Fast and Furious album with Superstar and found there way into the rising rap/rock/metal scene with Click Click Boom (both songs from their 2000 album Every Six Seconds). Then as quick as they arrived, for me, they fell right off my radar. 
At the end of 2011, fifteen year vocalist for the band Josey Scott departed to pursue a solo career which opened the door for Bobby Amaru, former drummer for Burn Season and lead vocalist for his own band Amaru. 
My first, second and last impression of the bands new album wasn’t a good one. It’s basically echoes from the late 90’s and early 2000’s with lyrics that hang desperately onto cliché and offer up nothing more satisfying then a generalized statement at it’s core promoting the laziness of radio rock. The only real stand out on the album is track eleven, The Enemy. The only real song that seems personal instead of vaguely pieced together by cliché like a cut and copy Facebook post. The song is about being with someone that’s been hurt by someone else and them looking at you as if you’re going to hurt them in the exact same way. A pretty deep message in it’s original context and missing all the repetitive choruses and overall tame safety themes. 
Rise Up is a rocking album. It reminded me of bands like Adema, Flaw, and Papa Roach. Nothing incredibly original going on the album both musically or lyrically but it will get your toe tapping, but ultimately will be forgettable once it’s done. As always, final judgment is yours.  
AJ Garcia
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