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Citizen Rising

Thousand Oaks, California, United States | SELF

Thousand Oaks, California, United States | SELF
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"Ventura County, You've got talent"

"[Encore has] Elements of prog yet still raging, the opening scream alone is worth the price of admission." - VC Reporter

"The Next Generation of Metal"

"Eastman's vocals are powerful and clear, demonstrating you don't have to growl to be metal" - LPM Voice Magazine

"Who, Among the Angels"

It’s something of a transitional era for fans of hard rock. With the swagger and bluster of nü-metal fading into memory, the future of the genre seems to be in a more thoughtful vein, centered around songs with greater emotional depth and a broader scope. It’s a welcome change of pace for audiences who like their aggression tempered with a little bit of artistry. California-based Citizen Rising is emblematic of that new direction. Their debut album, Who Among the Angels, traffics in complex melodies and inward-looking lyricism that brings to mind the heavier side of Muse, one of the band’s stated influences.

Which isn’t to say that Citizen Rising doesn’t rock. This may be a more nuanced approach to the genre, but keeping it real – and heavy – is clearly important to these guys. The album kicks to life with the ironically titled opener “Encore,” a cut that sets the template for much of Who Among the Angels. As singer Jody Eastman’s vocals shift from primal scream to smooth seduction, the band follows suit. Propulsive beats ease into quiet codas and back again, as Eastman urges his listeners to “invoke the parody / and witness the prejudice of prophecy.”

Eastman vocals blend effortlessly the keyboards on several cuts, including the infectious “The Good Life,” a sardonic ode to status seeking (“Some stay, and some crawl away / I thought I knew you better / But you want the good life”). An electronic influence flows throughout, adding a chilly grace to songs like the eerie “If Bullets Could Pray” (“Licking the barrel of a wounded gun / Pulling the trigger with a loaded tongue”). The album’s centerpiece, the nearly eight-minute “The Apology,” takes the band in a stately, cinematic direction, packing a whole LP’s worth of musical styles into an eight-minute track while maintaining a rough edge that keeps things just this side of slick.

Alex Ball and Pat Sanchez’s clean, articulate guitar licks drive a big, powerful sound that often ranges from a bang to a whisper within the span of a single song. The full-bodied rhythm section of bassist Brian Lacy and drummer Matt Jacen churns beneath every track, creating a heavy, intricate style that leavens a dark metal vibe with dashes of prog and art rock. This is a group that’s not shy about showcasing its members’ musical versatility, but Who Among the Angels never veers into show-off territory. It’s rare to find one band that invokes thoughts of Pantera, Rush and Radiohead, but Citizen Rising pulls off that tricky trifecta.


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A call to arms, Citizen Rising, invites listeners to fortify their eardrums. Raw riffs, refined vocals, and an in-your-face attitude have other rock bands with their backs against the wall.

Started by Jody Eastman (vocals and lyrics) and Alex Ball (guitar and keyboards), when the two left their former band to create something new. Before they knew it, an overflow of material existed. They immediately began recording their songs, with Alex producing, and knew it was time to seek out other members to bring the music alive and to the stage. After numerous auditions, they choose Patrick Sans (guitar), Brian Lacy (bass) and Matt Jacen (drums). With the line-up complete, they began their journey.

Unlike many typical rock bands, Citizen Rising, fuses elements of Alternative Rock, Electronica, and Metal while sprinkling in poetry and melodic emotion. It’s a perfect balance of aggressive ethos and whispery passion.

Their debut album, “Who Among the Angels”, was released in January 2008 through a Los Angeles based Independent Label, Prophet in the Trenches, in conjunction with Little Box Records.

Citizen Rising promises to deliver more of their unique sound to the studio, as well as the stage, where they continue to pack venues and take over crowds with their performances. Visit for news and tour dates. It’s time to Rise Up and be a part of the Revolution.