Bad Religion
30 Years Live


4.5
superb

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 19th, 2010 | 75 replies | 16,535 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bad Religion celebrates 30 years of excellent punk rock with a free live album that covers a few classics, a few songs that are rarely played live, and two brand new tracks.

Has it actually been thirty years since Bad Religion formed? It seems crazy to think that they’ve really been around for that long, but it’s true. During that time they’ve released fourteen studio albums and toured the world multiple times, but more importantly they’ve helped to teach a generation of kids to question things in an intelligent manner. Greg’s thought-provoking lyrics and Brett’s quick & catchy riffs combined to create a voice for quite a few kids that never really latched on to the focused anger of hardcore or the shallow confines of mainstream rock – and they’re currently doing it again for a whole new generation. Some might think that after thirty years the band would simply be going through the motions or barely be able to play the fast-paced songs that are a staple of just about every Bad Religion album, but they’d be wrong. If there was ever any doubt about this band and what they’re still capable of, 30 Years Live makes it very obvious that Bad Religion are still at the top of their game and thankful to every fan that has made it possible.

30 Years Live is seventeen songs of fast-paced punk rock that pulls from just about every era of the band’s history without simply rehashing 2006’s Live at the Palladium. In fact there are more than a few surprises here including “Flat Earth Society”, “Marked” and “Man With a Mission”. “Man With a Mission”, in particular, seems as if it should be a part of the band’s regular set list because it simply shines behind the force of all three guitar players and those perfect vocal harmonies. In fact, all of the songs seem to benefit from the fuller, more powerful sound that that having three guitar players allows. One of the main draws of this album, though, is the playing of drummer Brooks Wackerman. Hearing him put his own personal spin on those older tracks gives them a life and energy that they never had with the simplistic style of Pete Finestone (or the lethargic plod of Bobby Schayer). As if that wasn’t enough, the band has also included two songs from their upcoming fifteenth album. The tracks are “Resist Stance” and “Won’t Somebody” and I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but… Ok, there are no surprises. They’re your typical Bad Religion songs and sound like they could be on any of the last three albums, but they’re great and have me excited for the new album.

With an in-your-face sound, crystal-clear production and a varied song selection, this is about as good as it gets. The band sound re-energized (often playing songs faster than their studio counterparts – just listen to “American Jesus”), and were cool enough to include tracks that almost never get played live. Of course, with 14 albums all averaging 15 songs each, there is definitely going to be some complaining about certain songs being omitted, but with such a huge discography the band were never going to make everyone happy in that way. It doesn’t matter, though, because there are plenty of other reasons to be happy including the fact that the whole damn thing is free from the band’s website.



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Willie
Moderator
May 19th 2010



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So, the album is only going to available for a short time. Go here, enter your e-mail address and get this album:

http://www.badreligion.com/mailinglist.html

Oh yeah, and it's streaming here:

http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/11

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

StrizzMatik
May 19th 2010



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Awesome review dude. I agree, Brooks owns hard and having Brett playing on all of the tracks also adds a lot more depth and texture to the songs. BTW, "Won't Somebody" isn't technically new, it was a bonus acoustic-only track on the deluxe edition of New Maps Of Hell. Then again since it is full-band / electric on the live album, so I guess it counts.

Willie
Moderator
May 19th 2010



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Won't Somebody" isn't technically new, it was a bonus acoustic-only track on the deluxe edition of New Maps Of Hell. Then again since it is full-band / electric on the live album, so I guess it counts.


Really? I have New Maps but not the deluxe version. Anyway, apparently the full-band version is going on the next album because their press release said two new songs from the upcoming album.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 19th 2010



3765 Comments


Fucking cool.

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Phantom
May 19th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa boyeeeeeeeeee!!

can't wait to hear this

StrizzMatik
May 19th 2010



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Willie, check your shoutbox.

fatlip27
May 19th 2010



246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was there, I was there, I was there :p

To check out my review of the two Bad Religion shows I attended, do the following:

http://pathologicalhate.blogspot.com/2010/05/1st-quarter-concert-calendar-wrap-up.html


thanks!

Satellite
May 19th 2010



20723 Comments


Album, review and band all rule. And man, there have been some stellar live releases so far this year.

MassiveAttack
May 19th 2010



2688 Comments


damnit...why wasn't I notified!

Satellite
May 19th 2010



20723 Comments


BR was the first punk band I ever saw live (back around the time Process was released), and they're definitely one of my favorites still. The last time I saw them (I want to say 2007...Gallows opened) they played Dearly Beloved for the first time live and surprised me by playing Tomorrow. Nice to hear those songs on this.

TRMshadow
May 19th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All-around Great Band. Will listen to this after I get over this stupid headache.

Apollo
May 19th 2010



10283 Comments


fucking excellent review

ThePalaceOfWisdom
May 20th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bad Religion RULEZ

Parallels
May 20th 2010



6641 Comments


Bad Religion RULEZ [2]

Alucard125
May 20th 2010



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Marked is one of my favourites, sounds equally amazing live.

FelixCulpa
May 20th 2010



1237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album listening to it now, seeing them live this summer with an awesome line up including The dillinger escape plan and rise against.

Didn't realize that resist stance was a new song! Awesome!

StrizzMatik
May 20th 2010



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Again Resist Stance is probably one of the dumbest play-on-words I've ever seen

Willie
Moderator
May 20th 2010



15898 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ha ha, It's Greg Graffin. Sometimes he hits gold and sometimes he takes the word play a bit too far.

WatchItExplode
May 20th 2010



3213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

completely re-ignited my love of this band...I need to see them live again before they hang it up

Relinquished
May 20th 2010



24862 Comments


Really like this band. Will buy this soon. Kinda knew you were gonna cover this one willie ;)



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