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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: 4.87

 


BadReligionDude

01/20/2006

GRRR!

Powerful, and packs a fuckin' punch with the power of an atomic bomb.

Excellent.

We need more songs like God's Love, Sinister Rouge. In fact, more of everything on this album please!

JP666

12/17/2005

How does it stay so...

For over two decades, producing such a wide variance of songs. Hat's off and rock on!!

Neo

12/05/2005

Absolute best BR album

Some important things about Bad Religion is my FAVORITE band. I don't ONLY listen to punk. In fact, punk isn't even one of my favorite genres.

I listen, without bias, to every bad religion song there is. Into the Unknown, Bootlegs, Unreleased, B-sides, Graffins solo work, songs from other bands that BR members are in...

It is with my vast understanding of the evolution and dynamic of bad religion that I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite album of all time.

IDUNNO

12/05/2005

Amazing

No doubt one of the best Bad Religion CD's ever

Dandy

11/16/2005

Great Cd!!

Bad religion are still amazing after all these years!!!!!!! Sounds more like suffer and no control.

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