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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
"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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By A Customer on July 11 2004
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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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. I must say that I am in the "love them" category, and this CD does very little to dissuade me from that point of view.
When Epitaph first released the mp3 of Sinister Rouge, I was hooked, the "goth choir", the speed of the song and the insightful lyrics (it is Bad Religion after all) made it an instant favorite of mine. So when I picked up the CD, I was somewhat dissapointed, there were many slower songs, which is fine, American Lesion is actually one of my favorite CDs, but few of the songs matched the intensity of Sinister Rouge. Social Suicide is a great song, Atheist Peace is another great song, very thought provoking, but also very short, as many BR songs tend to be. Atheist Peace is followed by All There Is, lyrically a beautiful song, somewhat reminds me of Pity the Dead, same message. Then the CD takes somewhat of a downturn, I heard the opening chords to Los Angeles is Burning and thought I was listening to a Blink 182 song. Obviously the lyrics are more important than the music, but Los Angeles is Burning is one of those songs that I don't really care for, but somehow end up listening and singing along with every time. The rest of the CD is lyrically brilliant (obviously a running theme) but it's just like there's something missing. I can pop in Recipe for Hate and listen to it for several days, but this CD doesn't do that to me, and I really can't put a finger on it.
Now, after all of that, I still give this CD 4 stars, and you're probably wondering why (well probably not, but I'm going to tell you anyway). This is one of their tighest albums lyrically.
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