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Empire Strikes First

Bad Religion Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. Overture
2. Sinister Rouge
3. Social Suicide
4. Atheist Peace
5. All There Is
6. Los Angeles Is Burning
7. Let Them Eat War
8. God's Love
9. To Another Abyss
10. The Quickening
11. The Empire Strikes First
12. Beyond Electric Dreams
13. Boot Stamping On A Human Face Forever
14. Live Again (The Fall Of Man)

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is What I Expect from BR July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bad Religion did not let me down with this cd. When I first heard the song "sinister rouge" from Epitaph's site, I thought it sounded very mediocre.....but I'm glad I got the CD. I could listen to tracks 6-9 for a whole day straight.
my favorite song on the cd is definitely "let them eat war"
It is classic Bad Religion, makes you want to go out there and do something about what's going on right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call to Action July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
"How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" defined the summer of '84 for me. I wore the grooves down to nothin'. It was immediately obvious that BR were among the best songwriters in the LA hardcore scene. Then they broke up (or whatever) and came back with "Suffer", which I thought was okay - but I kinda lost interest after that. Well, now I'm an old man and, given the current political climate, a pissed off one at that. I saw "Empire Strikes First" at my local store and liked the title and thought I'd give BR another try. I'm glad I did. The raw power, energy, and anger of first half of the album makes me bounce off the walls and be ready and willing to smash this corrupt state to pieces again. Inspirational and I'm glad BR has dedicated fans to keep them going: Graffin has developed into a great, mature voice for the punk counterculture. "Sinister Rouge", "Social Suicide", "All There Is", and "Let Them Eat War" are standouts. If any old hardcore kids are reading this...buy this album, it'll make you remember why you got into punk in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best cd of the year July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
BR's best cd since stranger than fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, the return July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
With Against the Grain playing in the car I drove to buy the album the day of the release. And playing it all the way back home I thought it was alright. But of course as many others have already said, after the second, third .... fourteenth time things just kept growing on me. Is every song brilliant? No. But I would rather listen to the worst song on this album then what DC 101.1 puts out as punk rock. A long time fan here who is happy they have returned to Epitaph and seem to have found themselves again. I knew, when I heard they were coming out with a new album, given the state of the world that it would have a lot to say, and it does. Thankfully GG hasn't yet taken to preaching. Give me your views, but let me think for myself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I used to be a fan.... July 11 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I thought their music was rather catchy and dramatic when I was in middle school and high school. Then I got older and realized how freaking annoying they are. They are able to put out new albums so quickly because they say the same things over and over again. Usually their albums ring in at less than half an hour. It's the same guitar chords, same voice with the ohhings and ahhings and the yeahs. He just changes the propaganda that he spews slightly each time. People are afraid to challenge the stuff that he (Greg Graffin) says because they get worried about his vocabulary and that his subtely might bite them if they miss one of his many "insightful" points. I wonder if a lot of their limited success comes from people who just want to feel smarter than everyone else. I often felt like that was my motivation, until I learned better. If you like their stuff, save your money and buy Stranger than Fiction used. It's the same music, with a little bit less overt intellectual masturbation at a lower price. Don't waste your money on this tired "cacophony."
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Symphonically charged with 3-part vocal harmonies, Bad Religion delivers their message home with "The Empire Strikes First." Talk all the smack you want about these guys; 20 years later Epitaph Record's first band are still releasing fresh and politically charged material. Gurewitz's guitars are crisper, Bentley's bass is constantly in the pocket, and Wackerman's drums make me want to mosh with my monitor. Brett Gurewitz & Greg Gaffin's songwriting are getting more defined with each subsequent release. "Atheist Peace" and "Let Them Eat War" are cynical views of the current conflict, delivering one-liners that will leave you THINKING with a caustic smile. The group consists of Greg Gaffin on lead vocals, Brett Gurewitz on guitar and vocals, Brian Baker on guitar & vocals, Brian Baker on bass and vocals, Greg Hetson on guitars, and Brooks Wackerman on drums & percussion. All content copyright [...]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best, But Still Very Good July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love Bad Religion. I own every single one of their CDs (except Into The Unknown) and I love every single one of them. Even No Substance and The New America. So when I found out that there was a new Bad Religion album coming out a few months back, I absolutely could not wait. I heard the mp3 for "Sinister Rouge" and although it didn't get me hooked right away I ended up liking it the more I listened to it. So I waited until the new CD came out and I popped it in my CD player and this is what I thought about it
1)Overture- As far as intros go, this one is awesome, if it was an actual song I would love it so I'll give it a 3/5
2)Sinister Rouge- Wow! Talk about a transition between songs that really smacks you in the face. Classic Bad Religion. Awesome song 5/5
3)Social Suicide- Another great punk song 5/5
4)Atheist Peace- When I first heard this CD this was probably my favorite song on it, my only complaint is that it is way too short. They should have gone into another chorus to make it longer but still a great song 5/5
5)All There Is- Now this is my favorite song on the record. It's kind of a different sound for Bad Religion but still good 5/5
6)Los Angeles Is Burning- Didn't like this too much when I first heard it, but it has one of the catchiest choruses I've heard in a long time 5/5
7)Let Them Eat War- I didn't like this one that much either, but now it's starting to grow on me a bit 4/5
8)God's Love- Definatly seems kind of like a filler song, there isn't really much to it 3/5
9)To Another Abyss- A slower song on the CD it reminds me of something off of Recipe For Hate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WORST B.R. YET!!!! WARNING!!!!!
I am a long time B. Religion fan and went to their shows in the old days. Loved Process of Belief, and of course Suffer, No Control, etc.
This is not those albums. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but missing something
This is a somewhat difficult CD to review, as many people have strong emotions concerning Bad Religion, you either love them or you hate them, there's not a lot of in between. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Christopher Ratzlaff
4.0 out of 5 stars dont wanna be E.M.P.I.R.E!
Bad Religion has absolutely never sold out! i find it amazing that a punk band has lasted almost 20 years without ever putting out a crappy album. is this possible? Read more
Published on July 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Going...
In the history of the California Punk Rock scene, no band has contributed a larger body of work than the Los Angeles outfit, Bad Religion. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Dutchman Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars ignorance is suicide
obviously the last review who gave this cd 1 star doesn't know anything about symbolism or music. talking about how the cover is boring, look at how symbolic is is, the backwards... Read more
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars ignorance is suicide
obviously the last review who gave this cd 1 star doesn't know anything about symbolism or music. talking about how the cover is boring, look at how symbolic is is, the backwards... Read more
Published on July 7 2004
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