Bad Religion
Bad Religion



by !johnbetray~ USER (4 Reviews)
June 20th, 2006 | 8 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Every band starts somewhere. Some early works can be embarrassing, or drastically different from their more current work. The latter is true with Bad Religion's first ep. "Bad Religion" is a scathing and brutal piece of hardcore punk at its absolute finest. This EP shows that before the 3 guitar assault and "oozin' ah's" was a genuine d.i.y. punk band from L.A. The general sound of the EP is very raw and naked. There is no sugary coating or clean exterior to speak of. That is what intrigues me the most about this EP though, the way that it sounds so raw and true. This is without a doubt, a must have. Whether you hate the current Bad Religion or not, you have to hear this EP. Find "80-85" or the "How Could Hell Be Any Worse" reissue to hear the ep in its (remastered) entirety.

The players...
Greg Graffin-Vocals
Brett Gurewitz-Guitar
Jay Bentley-Bass
Jay Ziskrout-Drums

"Bad Religion" kicks off the ep with the trademark buzzsaw guitar sound of Brett Gurewitz. Greg Graffin's snarls out the lyrics while Jay Ziskrout and Jay Bentley hold up the rhythm section excellently. This version differs from the one heard on "Back to the Known" in both sound and structure. The guitar plays throughout the whole verse, unlike the stop and go way that the "Back to the Known" version is played. And of course, it sounds a lot more raw. A great opener and one of my favorite songs on the EP.

"Politics" comes in blazing afterward and speeds things up. Brett's style is much more chaotic than what fans of newer Bad Religion would be used to, but it works oh so well here. Greg's angry delivery and overall intensity are also great. "Politics" is also a pretty well-written song and shows early signs of the potential of Bad Religion. Another great track.

"Sensory Overload" is my least favorite track on this ep, There isn't much interesting or innovative except for the intro. Lyrically it's nothing special either. Overall, it's a pretty substandard punk song, which is a bit of a disappointment after the first two songs. Things get better though...

Next up is my all-time favorite Bad Religion song. "Slaves" opens with bass then kicks into a full speed punk onslaught. The infectious chorus will get stuck in your head and it's still one of my favorite punk guitar parts (despite its simplicity). It's an intense and driving song. This is my favorite on the Ep. If you get the chance, watch the 1980 performance of this song on the "Live at the Palladium" dvd.

"Drastic Actions" is a slightly different song than the others on this EP. The song starts out slow but eventually picks up and becomes a much faster and all around harder song. Greg's almost paranoid sounding yells at the climax of the song are extremely chilling and must be heard to believe. It's a very different song than the others on the ep, but that's what's so good about it. I think the lyrics are well written and on a subject that Bad Religion never really went back to. A very good song. One of the best on the album

"World War III" in all it's 50 seconds of splendor is a killer punk song. Speedy and vicious and all around fun. A great way to end the album after the somber "Drastic Actions."

As always, give me some feedback as to how I can improve my reviews from here.


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June 20th 2006


Not a great review. Too short and sparse, and some track descriptions were lacking. However, you do know what you're talking about, so I'd recommend just beefing it up. :thumb:

June 20th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, my mental thesaurus wasn't available and the words simply weren't coming out. I'll "beef it up" later. And thank you for the feedback.


June 20th 2006


It's an ok review dude, it's just fairly brief. Granted there are only 6 tracks, but add a couple of paragraphs about the album in general, give some more general comment on the place it has in relation to other BR records, the sound (more than likely raw as hell on this) etc. You can still edit your review, in your profile page, so if you get the chance, try to add in some more detail. A conclusion other than "This review is no good but I wanted to do it" is probably a must as well.

Anyway, keep truckin'.This Message Edited On 06.20.06

June 20th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Good point about the conclusion thing. I'll remember not to do that in the future. I'll definitely add more soon so it won't be so brief and barren. Thank you for the feedback. I really like the community on here, people are pretty nice for the most part. I'll step it up next time.


June 20th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I fixed the review up a little bit. Tell me how I did. And thanks for the feedback.


The Sludge
June 20th 2006


Hehe, its goofy that you put your name as your sign off name. Pretty average review though.
I'm just plain creamed corn

January 23rd 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Greg Graffin sounds and thinks like a 15 year old, which is raw as hell. Slaves/Drastic actions makes this awesome.

September 14th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, amazing album. Bad Religion at their most hardcore, which they were brilliant at. Every song on here is great, but Slaves is definitely the highlight.

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