"Awakening" is the second release by popular San Francisco Bay Area band Rivals. Awakening features an eclectic mix of rock, punk, metal, hardcore and progressive rock. Awakening was released on Halloween 2002 and is out of print.
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"Rivals, a California-based indie group, possess some of the strongest hardcore/hard rock promise I've heard in some time... Even beyond the deeply emotionally charged lyrics and impassioned vocals is exceptionally fervent, powerful guitar work..."
"Before I give a detailed review of every track, let me start off by saying this album shows more talent, potential and creativity than over 90% of most of the bands that are rising into the mainstream rock category including our local scene..."
- Zerostar Online
"This new Rivals effort is, quite simply put, very good and shows a beacon of their immense talent both as musicians and as song creators with the wild patterns they utilize effectively..."
"Energetic and unrelenting, Rivals put forth their EP "Awakening". Six tracks in length, "Awakening" finds itself a mix of metal and hardcore. Recording in just two days time at Grizzly Studios in Petaluma, CA; the group put forth a substantial effort with their latest release..."
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