Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
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U.S. Release Date: July 26, 2005

E.U. Release Date: June 7, 2004

Label: Epitaph

Recording Year: 2004

UPC/EAN Code: 45778669462

The Empire Strikes First

Bad Religion

About The Empire Strikes First by Bad Religion

The Empire Strikes First... 14 songs that are fresh, focused, and absolutely alive in the way that great rock 'n' roll energizes everything it touches. It's been a long road from their early-80s beginnings, but these days, the primary concerns of Graffin and Gurewitz are not the band's intricate (and subtle) years-long evolution; they're first and foremost topical songwriters focused on domestic chaos and its global manifestation. Bad Religion is, after all, the outfit that, during the first Gulf War in 1991, shared a Maximum Rock 'n' Roll split seven-inch with radical MIT professor Noam Chomsky, who, like them, is locked into the tense present and dedicated to exposing the forces who lie and disguise to deepen and enforce human misery.

The truth is that after 20+ years, Bad Religion meet the present day not only unfettered by nostalgia, but hardwired into the moment. Fans take the band's growth and standards for granted. It's tempting to say-- though impossible to prove-- that the The Empire Strikes First is a such a terrific album because vocalist Graffin and guitarist Gurewitz, the band's most important creative forces, are responding to the death, desolation, and destruction of war, and to the concurrent attacks on the Bill of Rights; it seems more than just a happy accident that the band has just delivered one of its most charged and inspired records in years.

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Bad Religion

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Preeminent punk band Bad Religion have released True North on Epitaph Records. In a world still brimming with rampant anti intellectualism, inequality and oppression, the ...

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tonight's setlist in tulsa will consist entirely of covers from from 80's hair metal bands that start with the letter D

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Tonite we're in Lawrence Kansas with @OFFofficial and the racketees at @libertyhall

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we played 60 songs over two nights at denver's "battle of the centuries"... how was YOUR weekend? http://t.co/kaVzUXAAhO

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tonight's setlist in tulsa will consist entirely of covers from from 80's hair metal bands that start with the letter D

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@badreligion

Tonite we're in Lawrence Kansas with @OFFofficial and the racketees at @libertyhall

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@badreligion

we played 60 songs over two nights at denver's "battle of the centuries"... how was YOUR weekend? http://t.co/kaVzUXAAhO

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tonight's show in Denver is sold out... Come tomorrow night and check out what we've doing for the past 15 years! #battleofthecenturies

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mixing it up... getting ready for Salt Lake City tonight and battle of centuries in Denver starting tomorrow http://t.co/0KICZsSV9M

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thanks for the sold out show seattle!!! always a great time. tonight we're in eugene oregon at the mcdonald theater... come on down

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