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  • Audio CD (Jan. 6 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B00025ETFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 56 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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Format: Audio CD
I hope these guys never quit. Once again, they have created a cd that blew my mind. Songs 1-14 (well, Overture doesn't really count, but it's a great intro for Sinister Rouge) are all amazing. Consistently melodic, more opinionated than in the past, great lyrics, everything is solid. One of the better Bad Religion cd's I think. Everyone compares their new cd's to Suffer and No Control and talk about how it doesn't compare in intensity, urgency, etc. However, the lyrics are just as, if not more, urgent than in the past, and while the music may not be as fast, it always keeps a good solid pace. And people have to realize that Bad Religion also had slow songs on their old cd's, such as "Sanity" on No Control, and "Faith Alone" on Against the Grain. It did happen. And slower doesn't necessarily mean bad. Of course, I am in the minority when I say that No Substance and The New America are just as great as their other cd's. I don't mind seeing a band mature. Great work, thank you for continuing to be the greatest band on earth.
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Format: Audio CD
What can you say about Bad Religion? Maybe that even after all these years they still create good, powerful music with strong messages? Or, possibly with the release of "Empire Strikes First" that it may be impossible for this band to release a bad album? Both statements would be true.
"Empire Strikes First" is a typical Bad Religion album. They've stayed true to their form. Many would say "It sounds like every other record." But these would be the same people who would complain that they "sold out" if they changed their sound at all. Bad Religion and their fans know what they are about, and thats that. No surprise ballads, no drum machines, no rapping or emo crybaby songs. The songs on this record stand strong on their own and they challenge any other punk band out there nowdays. Bad Religion is one of the few bands that have stuck to their story and their sound...no matter how cliche punk rock has gotten with some of the newer bands. This album sounds like the rest? Sounds like No Control? Suffer? Process of Belief? Thats fine by me.
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I was blown away when "The Process of Belief" came out, and it still remains my favorite B.R. album to date. But most of the songs on TPOB we done pre 9/11, and a lot has happened since then including the war in Iraq, economic downturn, and the Patriot Act. I couldn't wait for B.R. to give the Bush Administration what it had coming! So here we are now with 'The Empire Strikes First" an overall, great album, with more politics and anger then ever before.
Here's my track by track review for anyone that cares:
1. Overture- It's dark, moody, and is a great lead in to-
2. Sinister Rouge (7/7) - As excellent, fast-paced, old style B.R. song. It's another great "FU" to the religious institutions of this country.
3. Social Suicide (5/7) - Nothing special, just a good, basic song.
4. Atheist Peace (5/7) - If anyone had any doubts about B.R.'s political views, all they have to do is read the title of this track.
5. All There Is (4/7) - Slower song, but I guess the album has to have a few of these. Good guitar solo as usual, Mr. Brett.
6. Los Angeles Is Burning (6/7) - The radio single. Not the best B.R. has ever done, but it's a catchy song. Awesome lyrics (if you've ever lived in L.A., you'll get all the location references)
7. Let Them Eat War (7/7) - One of the best on the album, both musically and politically. The intro/outro guitars are sweet, the lyrics are perfect, and the bridge features guest vocal Sage Francis. Awesome.
8. God's Love (5/7) - Another good, solid effort. It is just me, or does this sound like it could be a Pennywise song?
9. To Another Abyss (4/7) - This song is OK. It's kinda slow, the chorus is good, but overall, it bores me.
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Format: Audio CD
This album does one thing that others fail to do: It gets its message across, and delivers it with a bang. Unlike NOFX's "The War on Errorism", the social and political commentaries delivered by Greg Graffin, quite possibly the best lyricist in punk rock music, are intelligently written and delivered. This album sounds like a mixture of "The New America" and "The Process of Belief", while retaining the great lyrics of old Bad Religion albums.
1)Overture --->
2)Sinister Rouge - 5/5 The opening track leads flawlessly into quite possibly one of the best Bad Religion songs I've ever heard. This is the definition of perfection bundled up in less than 2 minutes.
3)Social Suicide - 5/5 Again, Bad Religion delivers with a catchy song and continues to propell the album at full steam.
4)Atheist Peace - 5/5 What's this? Another great song? By now, you'll be hooked on the album.
5)All There Is - 4.5/5 This is a catchy song, but it sort of broke off the trifecta of the latter 3 songs. Still great, though.
6)Los Angeles is Burning - 5/5 Another possible Bad Religion classic on this album. Their first single also happens to be an incredible balance of tempo and melody, sprinkled with Greg's intelligent lyrics. A hypnotizing song if you ask me.
7)Let Them Eat War - 5/5 The album hasn't exactly gone down-hill, and we're on track 7. It seems to me that it's destined to be the best album of 2004. This song is very catchy.
8)God's Love - 4/5 Not as great as the others, but good.
9)To Another Abyss - 4/5 I felt like the album was losing some steam, but the songs are good nonetheless. This song is a lot slower, similar to songs on "The New America".
10)The Quickening - 5/5 Ok, back to the good stuff!
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