Bad Religion New Maps of Hell
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StrizzMatik
June 26th 2007


3229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The lyrics are a vital component but it's not something quantifiable. Even if it was, 50% is a poor estimate. Bad Religion isn't just lyrics + background noise. They're harmonies, irresistable hooks, attitude, edge, anger, focus, experience, and on and on and on.


Sorry, but Bad Religion is most DEFINITELY about the message over the music most of the time. They've all said it themselves that the music is typically secondary to the story being told. But yeah otherwise you're dead on. And this record definitely showcases a lot of that, even if it's not as varied as Empire or as straight-up dope as TPOB or their older albums, which all had plenty of straight filler - Quality Or Quantity/Unnacceptable/Part II&IV/Leave Mine to Me/90% of No Substance/75% of The New America, anyone?

My BR chart goes like this:

1. No Control
2. Against The Grain
3. Generator
4. The Process Of Belief (TIED)
4. Suffer (TIED)
4. The Empire Strikes First (TIED)
7. New Maps Of Hell
8. Stranger Than Fiction
9. Recipe For Hate (TIED)
9. The Gray Race (TIED)
11. How Could Hell Be Any Worse...?
12. The New America
13. No Substance
14. Into The Unknown

StrizzMatik
June 26th 2007


3229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anywho, they're all good in their own right anyways...

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2007


6099 Comments


There is an edit button. Learn it. Respect it. Utilize it.

antihippy
June 26th 2007


696 Comments


may the edit button be with you.

descendents1
June 26th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alright Strizz, you got me. I'd been on the boat for some time that declared Bad Religion lyrics were the reason that they were so good. Then the music started telling me different. Though their intentions are to put out the message through lyrics first, it doesn't mean we have to judge them based on how they want to be seen. Their music is really good when they're at their best and and poor when they're at their worst. That's why I feel that you might not rank Recipe for Hate so high (though its lyrics were OUTSTANDING, American Jesus? Struck a Nerve?), or The New America (music sucked hair sack). How Could Hell... wasn't so far back in the lyrics dept. either but it was rough around the edges. I just know that their music means a lot and we can't always focus on their lyrics.

manton
June 26th 2007


6 Comments


I stopped reading after you began giving us a written history of Strung Out. Terrible review.

descendents1
June 26th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha well if you stopped reading I don't think you can evaluate how the rest of the review came out.This Message Edited On 06.26.07

204409
Emeritus
June 26th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=Manton's version of the review]This summer may be the summer of mediocre releases by awesome punk bands. Strung Out's Blackha [/quote]

Ya that review does suck.

jrowa001
June 26th 2007


8750 Comments


i finally went and dloaded the leak. it was good i liked most of the songs. im a BR freak so i tend to like all the albums of theirs that ive heard. theres still a few more albums i need by them. if i could rate this i would rate it a 3.5This Message Edited On 06.26.07This Message Edited On 06.26.07

freakincanadians
June 27th 2007


1 Comments


I broke and downloaded this when it leaked a few days ago. I have to say it is some of their best work to date. It combines the speed and ferocity of No Control with the melodic songwriting that really came to shape on albums like The Process of Belief and The Empire Strikes First. The tempo changes and solos are timed perfectly and the songs flow seamlessly from one to the next. This album was put together very well and even if you aren't a fan of newer Bad Religion, you will surely be able to enjoy this album.

Altmer
July 3rd 2007


5652 Comments


[quote="FatPete"]Are you serious that you're an "approved reviewer"? Because you seem to have some sort of brain damage.[/quote]

Are you serious that you didn't get the sarcasm? Because you seem to have some sort of brain damage.


Cesar
July 3rd 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only listened to No Control and I loved it, now I listened to this one and it ain't bad either probably a 3.5

antihippy
July 3rd 2007


696 Comments


typical BR = great

204409
Emeritus
July 10th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So this is out today. Can be streamed in full at their myspace http://www.myspace.com/badreligion

Intransit
July 10th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Along with the Fall of Troy, this is the disappointment of the year.

StrizzMatik
July 10th 2007


3229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disappointment of the year would go to Zeitgeist, really, but even then it's not terrible... new Glassjaw had better be fucking godly or someone's getting capped.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 10th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Glassjaw is 2008 I thought.

204409
Emeritus
July 10th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Whenever it is it must be godly I agree.

Intransit
July 10th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

But the Smashing Pumpkins have always sucked, so even if that is worse than this, it is still an improvement for them. Manipulator is way worse than this is anyway, especially when compared to Doppleganger.

descendents1
July 10th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey strizz I was looking for your input on my comment earlier in the page.

I don't think this is a disappointment to be singled out as the most significant this year. It's not "The New America" repackaged, it's almost like "Process of Belief" degenerated.



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