Bad Religion



by Pizza USER (6 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2006 | 88 replies

Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

The excellent classic punk band known as Bad Religion was started in the year 1980 in San Fernando Valley of LA. Greg Graffin and fellow band members didn't fit in with everything going on back in that time and place, and they decided to make music to show it. Their first EP was made in 1980, and at that time the band started their own record label known as Epitaph. Epitaph rose over time and is now a fairly major label. The beginning of Bad Religion wasn't so great, as their musical talent wasn't very good, but with the make of their first full-length album, their sound improved and showed that they had musical talent that must be used. The band continued song writing, and released Into The Unknown in late 1983. This album is much different than the Bad Religion most people know, due to the fact that it isn't very punk-like, with slower songs and the use of organs and pianos. Two members of the band left, but in the following year Bad Religion was still able to put out a new record that was now the band's hardcore punk side. Several years went by, and with a one of a kind lineup, they released Suffer in 1988.

Bad Religion is (was):
Jay Bentley - Bass Guitar
Greg Hetson - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Greg Graffin - Lead and Backing Voices
Mr. Brett - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Pete Finestone - Drums

Suffer is one of the most important albums in punk music. It brought the revival of punk in the 80s, and boosted its popularity into the 90s. Suffer was the album of the year to Flipside and Maximum Rock and Roll, and it gained Bad Religion some popularity as well. It is such an influential album for the music scene and it saved punk music from becoming nothing. It brought many followers that are well known today, that may have been nothing if it wasn't for Suffer.

Every song on this album is necessary, and none of them should be considered poor. The whole album flows well, with great duel guitar work, solid drumming, fast bass lines, and of course, great lyrics and vocals. No point on Suffer is the low-point, and all is the high-point. The dueling guitars work very well and on tracks like Land Of Competition and Best For You it shows. Fast, distorted, and catchy guitar riffs are present throughout the album, with no ugly spots. They never get old and they won't anytime soon. Most of the album has fast drumming that is done very well, with no flaws. Not the best drumming in the world, as it is punk music with pretty repetitive stuff, but still done very well and doesn't get old even with the stereotyping of punk drumming getting boring very fast. The bass on the album is done superbly; very fast and very catchy. Jay is one of the best bass players in the genre, and he shows it here. Vocals are the best part of the album. Greg Graffin has one of the best voices in punk music and he also writes some of the best lyrics of true punk. No where do the lyrics to any song get cheesy or annoying. What he has to say is important stuff and should be thought about and not forgotten. Among all of the great things on Suffer, there are also a few guitar solos, with a neat little one in Land Of Competition and a scratchy sounding one at the end of Best For You to close out the song.

Song Ratings:
You Are (The Government) 5/5
1000 More Fools 5/5
How Much is Enough? 5/5
When? 5/5
Give You Nothing 5/5
Land Of Competition 5/5
Forbidden Beat 5/5
Best For You 4.5/5
Suffer 5/5
Delirium Of Disorder 5/5
Part II (The Numbers Game) 5/5
What Can You Do? 4.5/5
Do What You Want 5/5
Part IV (The Index Fossil) 5/5
Pessimistic Lines 5/5

Anyone into punk music at all that does not have Suffer needs to get it as soon as possible because they are missing out. There really is nothing bad about this album, except the fact that only 4 songs are over the two minute mark. For a fan of fast music, great bass work, excellent lyrics/singing, and catchy yet simple guitar riffs. If anyone is curious and wants to test them out first, download You Are (The Government), Give You Nothing, Suffer, and Do What You Want.

Suffer = 5/5 = CLASSIC

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January 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I have this. I love What Can You Do? and the title track. While not the band's best, and not quite a classic, it's a great listen for any fan of the band or Brett.

You did an okay job with the review. A little more detail would have been appreciated, but I believe you got your point across well. Nice job.

It seems like more and more punk fans are signing up for the site lately. You've been here for some short time, and nice way of taking the genre that much higher.

January 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

thanks and thanks for the advice

January 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Did you ever see the concrete stares of everyday?

The lunatic, the hypocrite, are all lost in the fray.

Canít you see their lives are just like yours?!?!

Amazing cd.

January 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Much better review than the other one. Suffer is insanely influential and important to punk rock as a genre, but it doesn't hold up to No Control, TPOB, or ATG. Still classic though. 5/5

January 23rd 2006


I don't like Bad Religion that much, but they're a million times better than any other punk band I can think of.

January 23rd 2006


If you say something has "great duel guitar work" than back it up and explain why. You said that a lot of stuff like this, and failed to give us an explanation why it's so great.

January 23rd 2006


I love this album dude, seriously rocks!

January 25th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for all the feedback and advice, i always have the same problem with using the words like "best" and "great" but i always end up using them.

April 12th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

thanks Scottish_Soldier. I actually haven't listened to this cd in a while, I think I will today

April 26th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't feel like there was any support behind your assertions in this review. while on the whole, i don't dissagree with you--this is a great br album--i didn't think you showed everyone why it is so fundamental to punk. an album that "saved punk music in the late 80's" deserves a little more in depth, cohesive look.

August 26th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is amazing. I'm a couple listens away from slapping a 5 on this puppy.

Review's biased as hell, but I can't say I disagree with it.

Two-Headed Boy
October 31st 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Yay for Bad Religion.

No for being over priced.

January 21st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

incredible album... best tracks imho are Land of Competition and What can you do?

April 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so catchy.

November 28th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

bad religion is my favorite band of all time and this is their best album of all time IMO. no song falters in ANY aspect except MAYBE Delirium of Disorder. but everything else has amazing lyrics and tempos/beats/riffs/melodies that fit so perfectly with everything it is astounding. even the package just screams out "Bad Ass".

"So what does it mean

When your mind starts to stray?

Kaleidoscopic images of love on the way

Brother you'd better get down on your knees and pay

1000 more fools are being born

Every fucking day"

April 6th 2008


I find that this album is one of the most influential albums of the 80's and in punk music in general. Without this, BR probably wouldn't have gone on to make No Control, Against The Grain, and Generator.

August 5th 2008


Decent review. Kinda short and could be more in depth about the songs but still. good job.

What Can you do? Is my favorite song by bad religion. The song has good meaning and is so catchy.

October 15th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

My favorite album by my favorite band of all time. So many punk bands owe their sound to this album

August 12th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

This is fucking awesooooooome

December 5th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

Not my favorite but great great album anyway (as always with BR).

Some songs here are really classic ones.

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