Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2013 release from the Grammy-nominated rockers. Rise follows the band's 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was certified platinum. The band maintains momentum with Rise, a gripping coming-of-age narrative that stands as their first concept album - though lead singer/bassist John Cooper says it wasn't premeditated. The album tells the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and trying to figure out who he is in a world riddled with problems both within and outside his control.