Bad Religion are back, and have produced a hard-hitting album, entitled "The Empire Strikes First"?. It may not be the best name for an album, in my opinion, but don’t judge a book by a cover as they say. This is a GREAT album. I first heard songs from it when I saw Bad Religion back in May. They had "Overture"? on loop for 10 minutes before they came on (no exaggeration there) and played "Sinister Rouge"? and "The Empire Strikes First"?. It was hearing "Sinister Rouge"? mainly that made me crave this album.
The album opens up with a frankly cool drumbeat, and then at the end, blasts into "Sinister Rouge"? with fast-paced guitars, thumping drums and "Ahhhh"?s from Jay, Brett and Brian. Soon after, a song that begins with a similar sound as "Ten In 2010"? begins, and this is another trademark Bad Religion song, with a true recognizable BR sound.
The album is full of songs that the second you press play on your CD player, you’ll instantly know it’s a Bad Religion song. They have experimented on one or two songs, "Athiest Priest"? for the bridge, and "Beyond Electric Dreams"?. This doesn’t bring down the quality of this album, that we have waited two years for. It shows that the two years have been worth it.
There are countless solos on the album, which is more than Metallica can say, after their fans had to wait 5 years for an album (that doesn’t include their "S&M"? album.) and were presented with nothing exactly spectacular. The drumming in this album fits in really well with the songs. The drumming doesn’t consist of one beat throughout the song. Brooks mixes it up, and adds random fills here and there. The basslines are standard, as they always have been. This in no way means the songs are bad. If you think about it, the lack of technicality in Jay’s basslines fit in with BR songs. If you placed a Matt Freeman-style bassline in there, I’ll be honest and say it wouldn’t sound like as good.
What about the vocals? Well, what can I say? Greg has an outstanding voice. I am a big fan of his singing. The backing-vocals are also those that add a little something more to the songs.
It’s safe to say, that with Greg’s voice, Brooks’ drumming skill, the quality of the guitars from Brian, Greg H and Brett and also the basslines from Jay, that you are left with a classic punk band. One that shall still be around for years to come.
Boot Stamping On A Human Face Forever
Los Angeles Is Burning
This is an impressive album, as Bad Religion continue to show they are capable to write catchy songs, as well as sell-out venues across the globe. This album easily gets a 5/5.
On a side note, I can’t believe NO Bad Religion albums have been reviewed before. Quite shocking really.
cool, yeah Im thinking of rushing out and buying a copy of this album, are there any more experimental songs such as 'epiphany' or 'the defense'?, I think the occasional slightly differant song is cool
well I just whent and bought it, it farking rocks!, its starts off awesome, some songs toward the end are still good, but a bit slower and less rockin, but all in all its an awesome CD. Has anyone noticed the reference to 1984 by George Orwell, the booklet has a picture of a TV with 'two minutes of hate' written on it, two minutes of hate if from that book and the song 'a boot stamping on a human face forever' is a quote from George Orwell, oh well. Sinister Rougue is cool, I like "let the eat war"
i have no idea which cbc, it was one of those underground music and stuff shows, the guy talked about the band for a few seconds after. i was just in my kitchen making kraft dinner, when i heard what i thought to be greg gaffins vocals come from the other room, so i went in and it was.
I love this album 4.5/5 stars. Alot of people favirte song is Sinister Rouge, but the first song I heard of the album was of the 2004 Warped Tour Compilation, God's Love, and I think that is the best song.
This really isn't a great Bad Religion album, I fell The Process of Belief is better because it wasn't a Bush-bashing album. I agree, let's vote that dummy out, but don't jeporadize great music with the same type of lyrics in every song. 3.5/5.