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The Empire Strikes First
Bad Religion

The Empire Strikes First... 14 songs that are fresh, focused, and absolutely alive in the way that great rock 'n' roll energizes everything it touches. It's been a long road from their early-80s beginnings, but these days, the primary concerns of Graffin and Gurewitz are not the band's intricate (and subtle) years-long evolution; they're first and foremost topical songwriters focused on domestic chaos and its global manifestation. Bad Religion is, after all, the outfit that, during the first Gulf War in 1991, shared a Maximum Rock 'n' Roll split seven-inch with radical MIT professor Noam Chomsky, who, like them, is locked into the tense present and dedicated to exposing the forces who lie and disguise to deepen and enforce human misery.

The truth is that after 20+ years, Bad Religion meet the present day not only unfettered by nostalgia, but hardwired into the moment. Fans take the band's growth and standards for granted. It's tempting to say-- though impossible to prove-- that the ...

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CATALOG DATA

No: #86694

US Rel. Date: 06/08/2004

EU Rel. Date: 06/07/2004

Type: Full

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J.H. Tompkins

Rating: 8.2 I walked outside before dawn one day last fall in Redlands, CA to find a firestorm racing across the nearby hills, leaving a ghostly crimson...

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Alistair Lawrence

KKKK The Lowdown: It's taken a while to get to this point -- the point where marks are no longer awarded for nostalgia. Having been stuck in the trap...

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Average Fan Rating: 4.88

 


TheMusicRealm

07/23/2006

New forum, please join it would really help.

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ts-x

06/25/2006

Just what we needed

At a time of tremendous social and political unrest, this album was just what the doctor ordered. Several of the songs are right up there with their greatest ever.

Wigmoso

06/19/2006

awesome

Very nice, a return to their old self, probably because Brett was there to help the whole time. Every song on this cd rocks. And the reason people say BR sold out is because they signed to atlantic for 5 records (the ones that sucked) abandoning a band member in the process. Luckily they got past it.

skibasavedme

06/15/2006

to all the naysayers....the "ewww they sold-outs", and the "i liked their shit till they went to atlantic"...FUCK YOU...i have loved bad religion since the first time I heard them....i love all their shit...they are the GODS of punk...bow down....wickedest shit ever....social suicide makes me feel funny like climbing the rope in gym class

antiflag23

04/19/2006

Gotta Give it A Perfect...

WOW. Still Hardcore. Great Vocals. Mixin it Up. Great Album. 5/5

Badger_Legion

02/26/2006

Better than heroine.

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