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New Maps Of Hell (Dlx Ed)

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 7 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B001A2ACZA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. 52 Seconds
2. Heroes & Martyrs
3. Germs Of Perfection
4. New Dark Ages
5. Requiem For Dissent
6. Before You Die
7. Honest Goodbye
8. Dearly Beloved
9. Grains Of Wrath
10. Murder
11. Scrutiny
12. Prodigal Son
13. The Grand Delusion
14. Lost Pilgrim
15. Submission Complete
16. Fields Of Mars
17. Won't Somebody [Acoustic Version]
18. Adam's Atoms [Acoustic Version]
19. Sorrow [Acoustic Version]
20. God Song [Acoustic Version]
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2008 Deluxe version with DVD includes the original 16 song CD, along with seven new acoustic tracks recorded by principal songwriters Greg Graffin-vocals and Brett Gurewitz -guitars, plus three of the acoustic songs are new, written specifically for this release; the other four tracks are new acoustic versions of BR classics such as 2004's hit song "Sorrow" and the perennial favorite "Skyscraper." New Maps of Hell is Bad Religion's 14 full-length studio album (20th release overall). It celebrates the 25th anniversary of their first album How Could Hell Be Any Worse? The DVD with an hour-long live performance which has never been seen before, with music videos for NMOH's two singles "Honest Goodbye" and "New Dark Ages," behind-the-scenes footage of Brett and Greg the recording of the acoustic EP and more. 23 tracks.


Bad Religion has for years been considered by new crops of listeners to be a vital band because they're such OG hardcore kingpins. And while the band's justly revered--they've managed to stay together for almost 25 years, all while getting better and growing their audience--"political punk realness" is not where their strengths lie. As to their political numbers, they were never quite able to pen the sort of personal yet timeless anthems that the Minutemen or the Ex did, while in terms of 1-2-3-4 punch, you'd get far more visceral thrills from the first Damned single. Of course, Southern California punk bands injected bushels of melody and hooks into their songs, and B.R. added elements of metal and even psychedelia to their own taut tunes. Their fourteenth album to date, New Maps is a terrific sounding record; at least two-thirds of it begs many repeated listens. The album's second single, "Heroes and Martyrs," is exactly what the band does best. A tightly-coiled and super revved-up anthem, it pits the energy and fast Barre chord sound of the greatest hardcore with a delicious, poppy production and doubled-up backing vocals that brings to mind Queen (or at least Queens of the Stone Age), in the very best way. --Mike McGonigal --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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After delivering two astonishing albums (Process of Belief and The Empire Strikes First), I just can't seem to get into this new album. Although the lyrics are researched and pertinent as usual, the music does not pay them credit as it did for the last two albums. Mr. Brett's return in 2002 seemed to have given the band inspiration and grit once again. Is it possible the inspiration has run flat this time around? I must say this CD is not a failure, but is has to be marked as an average LP.
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This album is a pleasure to listen to. The lyrics are, as expected critical of U.S. politics and religion and the band's musical prowess shines throughout.

The acoustic tracks are a treat (the acoustic version of Dearly Bloved is just as enjoyable as the electric version).

If you are tired of fluff on the radio and are looking for something with some substance, this is worth a listen.
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bad religion never disappoints, thats all i gotta say
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa90a8e7c) out of 5 stars 68 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f8acb4) out of 5 stars Well Worth The Money July 9 2008
By John M. Helebrant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off, a lot of folks have been complaining about a deluxe edition having been released by Epitaph. They believe Epitaph is turning into just another big name record company. Let me set the record straight by saying these people are simply those who have the album and can't justify dishing out another 20 bucks for the deluxe edition. And as far as I'm concerned, Epitaph is offering the fan base a great thing here.

I'm writing this review for those that have already purchased New Maps of Hell as I also purchased the album upon its release. But I also purchased the deluxe edition and I have to say... It's well worth the money.

All of the original songs are still intact on the CD as they were in the original release. In addition are seven acoustic tracks. Personally, I didn't buy it for those as I don't think the Bad Religion sound really fits well in an acoustic setting. But Greg has done some solo acoustic work and I know he's good at it. Time will tell whether I get into them.

What really stands out in my opinion is the DVD. If you have Bad Religion's Live at The Palladium, then you'll understand that a concert like that will cost around 20 bucks. Well this is no different. There's an entire concert filmed at the House of Blues in Vegas on this DVD. It consists of 22 songs and the production is actually quite good. It consists of old favorites like Modern Man, Generator, No Control, I want to Conquer the World, American Jesus, and a slew of others including tracks off of New Maps of Hell. It may not be as energetic as past concerts, but it's done very well.

There's also a documentary on the DVD of how Brett and Greg recorded the acoustic tracks. I don't much care for that, but others might. I may get into it eventually as the acoustic tracks may eventually grow on me after a few listens as I mentioned earlier.

In addition to the concert and documentary, there are two videos (New Dark Ages and Honest Goodbye) from the new album and footage to the making of New Maps of Hell. These are nice little treats as I've always loved Bad Religions videos. It's not like you're going to see these on MTV or VH1. Do they even play music anymore?

If all of this isn't enough, how about two double-sided posters you can hang on your refrigerator or walls? I've already displayed my love for the band and it shows every time someone walks over to the fridge to grab a beer.

And what's a Bad Religion album without the lyrics. It comes with an updated lyric booklet but with Brett and Greg's scratch marks throughout on separate pages. Much like what Suffer looks like, but also with computer-printed lyrics.

So in closing, please don't listen to the whiny little self-righteous kids who are complaining that they released a deluxe addition to New Maps of Hell and that it's just to increase sales. For those that don't have the album yet, they're getting a killer deal. Those that do have the album are still getting a great deal with all of the extra goodies. As far as I'm concerned, if they whine about it and refuse to buy it, then they're not true Bad Religion fans. And if they lack the money and actually want it... Well... They're just whining because their jealous.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f93a98) out of 5 stars Lacerate eviscerate and perforate and mutilate. . . July 9 2007
By L. J. Penglase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bad Religion's third album since their triumphant return to their own Epitaph Records is surely the fastest and angriest of them all. All sense of hope ("It's time to turn the tides. . .") is gone here, replaced by a looming dark reality ("Welcome to the new dark ages") and sadness ("Pity yet another casualty's demoralized decline").

On first listen, the sonic blasts and scathing lyrics elicit thoughts of their late 80's albums (No Control, Against the Grain) but the song structures and impeccable musicianship is something we have not heard from them since Into the Unknown, except here it is punk and not prog, and it is produced so slick you could slide off it.

A major achievement by a band that already has enough major achievements to retire with a great legacy. More younger acts should look to them and follow their maps through hell.

Grab yourself a neighbor's skeleton to lean upon, and prepare for the decent.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f93048) out of 5 stars Heaven in "Hell." July 14 2008
By Saganite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I did not think the original "New Maps of Hell" was a terrific CD. There were perhaps three songs that I feel are really strong tracks. But this, the deluxe version, is a fantastic value. I would have paid $20 just for the acoustic songs, which are just excellent. I hope more acoustic versions of Bad Religion songs are forthcoming. I love the punkier and rockier stuff a lot, but after a while, it's a little like Taco Bell--you know they're only working with about four ingredients, and no matter how many combinations you put the ingredients together in, the taste is going to be largely the same. With the acoustic stuff, a lot of nuance and subtlety emerges, and the brilliance of the lyrics shines through better. And the acoustic guitar work on "Sorrow" was a revelation. A band this musically capable shouldn't restrict themselves to a narrow style, any more than a truly talented chef should be making chalupas. A very impressive work, which restores my faith in the band's direction. Incidentally, someone commented that if the concert footage included in this package is representative, then Bad Religion must not be a very good live band. It's impossible to say where questions of taste are concerned, but I think Bad Religion is a wondeful live act. I've seen them four times so far and they put on a hell of a show. If I have a complaint at all it's that they could do with a little more variety. I realize they might be suffering from the "Misery" trap--give the fans what they want, or they'll chop off your foot and hold you hostage. But even hard-moshing punks can be won over to a tasty little anthem or ballad or folk ditty if it's used judiciously as a change of pace. Graffin put out a CD of folk songs a while back, and while I thought most of them were average or barely above, there were a couple of stand-outs. I would love to hear a little more of that at a Bad Religion concert--there'd still be plenty of time for the high-energy tear-em-ups that made the band famous.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f9dc84) out of 5 stars Excellent as Always July 11 2007
By charlieheston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
New Maps of Hell is yet another Bad Religion record, the third since Brett and Brooks (re)joined. The quality has not dipped. There are throwbacks on this album (the artwork, the hell references to the first album, generally less poppy/more fast punk), and less experimentation than particularly the last album (nothing like Beyond Electric Dreams here) - it's with a couple exceptions straight ahead classic fast BR from start to finish.

This record opens with a faux lo-fi hardcore tinged "52 Seconds" and keeps a slightly junky production throughout. Definitely worse production than the last couple - more like Stranger Than Fiction with lots of mid-range tones, but it sounds fairly analog. In some ways it sounds like they are going through the motions on this one - but at the same time, there are no duds like usual (The Quickening, Television)...pretty much every track is strong. I don't care for "Prodigal Son" too much, but whatever.

Faster and less dark than the last album, and angrier than Process of Belief - you can blind buy this one is you are a BR fan, not much has changed. I love it. Brooks still impresses as well.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f9de1c) out of 5 stars "New Maps of Hell" - Bad Religion July 13 2007
By Mick V. Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"New Maps of Hell" proved to be a very unexpected turn for Bad Religion. If you listen to "Process of Belief" and then "The Empire Strikes First" you will notice that Bad Religion seemed to be going in the direction of straight melodic rock with only a seasoning of punk influence. This album, on the other hand, sounds like a straight punk album with only a few songs ("Honest Goodbye" and "Lost Pilgrim" to name two) falling into the category in which Bad Religion was starting to wedge itself.
That being said, this album is an astonishing achievement from an already well established and respected punk rock band. I haven't heard this type of energy from this band since the album "Generator" and I have to say that the mix of old and new is quite refreshing.