Bad Religion
Back to the Known



by !johnbetray~ USER (4 Reviews)
June 11th, 2006 | 10 replies

Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Bad Religion is one of the most influential punk bands of all time. Whether it was their early hardcore punk sound or their more melodic punk sound in their later years, most punk bands heard today have been influenced by Bad Religion. Very few bands have inspired me more than Bad Religion, and very few albums have touched me quite like "Back to the Known."

Chances are that very few people will actually find this in its original form. Most People will hear"Back to the Known" on either "80-85" or the reissue of "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" I heard "Back to the Known" on the "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" reissue, and it changed the way I play music.

After the experimental "Into the Unknown", Bad Religion regrouped (albeit without Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley) to make a comeback ep. Seamlessly blending the instrumental brutality of "How Could Hell Be Any Worse" and their self-titled ep with melodic vocals and (for the time) excellent production values made "Back to the Known" an incredible record.

The album opens with "Yesterday", which has a slower guitar part than earlier Bad Religion, but it sounds infinitely better. I honestly wish more cd's sound like "Back to the Known". Greg's vocals ae now much more melodic and sound absolutely incredible. A classic, one of my favorites.

"Frogger" opens with some sound bites from the game of the same name, followed by Greg Graffin telling Greg Hetson "Let's go, you spaz." The guitar part is rather dull and the lyrics (written by Hetson) are quite terrible. It's a mildly enjoyable song and the shortest on the ep. It's my least favorite song on the ep though.

Next up is a re-done version of the song "Bad Religion." This version contains pauses between the guitar and vocals. It sounds infinitely more melodic. I prefer this version to the one on their self-titled ep.

"Along the Way." Considered by most Bad Religion fans to be their best song. Not fast by any means, but it flows and has some excellent guitar noodling by Hetson thrown in. The lyrics are excellent, and the song actually abandons the stereotypical Bad Religion drumbeat. A classic, absolutely excellent.

"New Leaf" is the last song on the ep. The infectious beat and chorus are plenty of fun to dance to, but the song itself is pretty lackluster in my opinion. A decent end to an incredible piece of punk rock history.

If you haven't already heard this ep. Do yourself a favor and go buy the "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" reissue and enjoy this excellent record. Please give me feedback about how I did with this review, this is my first one and I'd like to know how I did. Keep it real.


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The Sludge
June 11th 2006


Nice review.

June 11th 2006


Nice first review.

I can't find this EP anywhere, but have heard the songs here, and they're goood.

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June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

great review! i know these songs and they are awsome! yea, this EP is hard to find!

June 11th 2006


good review, and you actually formatted your track by track thing nicely

This album is pretty good for an old punk album, but the songs sound fantastic live

June 12th 2006


I could make a better cover on MS Paint.

June 12th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0


]great review! i know these songs and they are awsome! yea, this EP is hard to find!


Actually, the EP is on '80-'85.This Message Edited On 06.12.06

June 12th 2006


impossible to find nowadays. if you have the punk o rama DVD and see the Story of Epitaph, Brett mentions this as one the hardest to find ep's and even Into the Unknown is pretty hard to find. nice review.

June 12th 2006


To find this ep in it's original form will cost you a good chunk of change and a lot of scouring of eBay.

Great ep and awesome first review.

June 12th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for all the feedback, i'll try to keep up the good work.


July 29th 2006


this was by far there best demo. it has the best version of bad religion and along the ways got that amazing riff. i cant believe i got this and the other 2 EPs for like $2 each

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