2000's Rise was the second album from American hard rockers Hair of the Dog. The band enjoyed a minor wave of popularity after their self-titled debut was released, and did some touring with the likes of Ratt and Skid Row. For Rise, the band worked with famed producer Michael Wagener (Dokken, Skid Row, just about every 80's rock band worth mentioning).
Rise found the band continuing to develop their brand of post-hair metal, post-grunge hard rock. It's a melodic, accessible, and fun hard rock album, and coming at a time when angst and gloom were still very much the order of the day, that's worth celebrating. Rise is in some ways a throwback to the days of L.A. Guns, Skid Row and Motley Crue (and before that KISS and Van Halen) without resorting to sheer imitation or relying on a glam appearance. It's modern rock for the children of the 80's, and it's a lot more fun than the average Creed or Staind album. Sometimes what you need are up-tempo rock songs about partying, rocking, and partying some more, and that's what Hair of the Dog delivers with Rise. They get extra credit for their closing KISS cover "I" (from Music from "The Elder" of all albums).
Unfortunately, the band didn't stick around long. They released one additional album in 2001 (Ignite) and hasn't been heard from since. It's a shame, because the musical climate these days seems a lot more receptive to this kind of hard rock.