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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    Bremen, DE
    Pier 2
  2. 8.29.2015
    Bremen, Germany
    Pier 2
  3. 8.30.2015
    Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
    Batschkapp Frankfurt
  4. 8.30.2015
    Frankfurt, DE
    Batschkapp
  5. 9.1.2015
    Paris, FR
    La Cigale

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today we're at the OYA FESTIVAL in Oslo... incredible
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Bad Religion

Bad Religion

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! we're at pier 2 in Bremen Germany with the interrupters... come on down and dance with a forklift http://t.co/xU4IAUCvtH

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tonight! we're at pier 2 in Bremen Germany with the interrupters... come on down and dance with a forklift http://t.co/xU4IAUCvtH

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bremen germany! come spend tomorrow night with bad religion and the interrupters at Pier 2! we'll play good songs that you haven't heard

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tonight Luxembourg! we're at Den Atelier with the interrupters... still a few tickets left. come on down and start your weekend right

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tonight! geneva, switzerland at l'usine with the interrupters... still a few tickets left, so why not come on down and say hi? we don't bite

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@badreligion

tonight! we're at pier 2 in Bremen Germany with the interrupters... come on down and dance with a forklift http://t.co/xU4IAUCvtH

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@badreligion

bremen germany! come spend tomorrow night with bad religion and the interrupters at Pier 2! we'll play good songs that you haven't heard

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@badreligion

tonight Luxembourg! we're at Den Atelier with the interrupters... still a few tickets left. come on down and start your weekend right

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@badreligion

tonight! geneva, switzerland at l'usine with the interrupters... still a few tickets left, so why not come on down and say hi? we don't bite

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@badreligion

Listen to @DoctorGraffin’s “Faith Alone” + preorder ‘Population Wars’ at http://t.co/e2EfsSUDpv http://t.co/N9KrQweyrS

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@badreligion

Exclusive limited 7” only available with @DoctorGraffin’s ‘Population Wars’! http://t.co/e2EfsSUDpv http://t.co/elUZWyO1v1

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@badreligion

day off in budapest! ready for a great night on the danube... tomorrow we're at the budapest park festival with the mad caddies and more!

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@badreligion

today we're at the OYA FESTIVAL in Oslo... incredible
@oyafestival

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Thanks for the sell out show London! https://t.co/njfbo72dNJ

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