This is the title track from Rise Against's sixth studio album. The record finds the group tackling an ambitious theme - the end of humankind as we know it. "Every day, there's news about our financial system or the environment collapsing or stories about nuclear proliferation," vocalist Tim McIlrath explained to Spin magazine. "We're living under this black cloud of doom - everything's spiraling out of control. The record is about all that."
McIlrath added that he doesn't necessarily see this as a bad thing: "We're looking at Endgame from the perspective of, 'What if this is a good thing? What if this grotesque world we created doesn't deserve to go on? What if the place on the other of this transition is place we'd all rather be living in?'"
Endgame debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, shifting 85,000 units. This marked Rise Against's best sales week and chart high. 2008's Appeal to Reason debuted and peaked at #3 off a 65,000 start.