I'm not really sure of the tone that Joe (from RIse Against) has, but this amp (and nearly all others) can help you get that tone. An amp is just one aspect of getting a certain sound from your rig (strings, bass, cabinet structure - including size - speakers, etc). Orange has an excellent reputation. Just to point out the obvious though - don't try to achieve a "tone" that is off of a CD recording. That will very likely be processed, cleaned up, etc because it is ran thru a mixing board. A live sound is more achievable even though that has its obstacles as well (Size of venue alone messes with tone).