“There’s a lot of raw emotion on this record,” begins Rise Against singer and guitarist Tim McIlrath as he describes the Chicago punks’ highly anticipated and searing new album, The Black Market on Interscope Records. “It’s a raw nerve,” he clarifies, “it’s going to be a hard thing to ignore.” These words should not be taken lightly. After 15 years, and six incendiary albums, Rise Against have become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock bands on the planet. While selling four million albums globally across their last four releases – with 2011’s Endgame debuting at number one in Germany and Canada, and number two on the U.S. Billboard charts - they’ve also always adhered to the idea of music as a vehicle for change. In doing so, they’ve appeared alongside superstars like Adele and Sting on Amnesty International’s Chimes Of Freedom – The Songs Of Bob Dylan compilation in 2012, toured with Rage Against The Machine’s iconic guitarist Tom Morello, campaigned against gun violence with the Demand A Plan organization and advocated the Make It Stop campaign’s attempt to raise awareness of LBGT teen suicides and bullying, working closely with “It Gets Better.” It’s important to keep this rich heritage of protest in mind when discussing The Black Market.