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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TONITE! regency ballroom, san francisco. songs of the 21st century in our epic "battle of the centuries" with OFF! and western addiction

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tonight! san francisco's night #1 of the battle of centuries (sold out).
tomorrow! night #2 of the battle of centuries - (come on down and get some 21st century songs (not digital boy, that would be tonight because it's a "battle of the centuries" you see... a presentation of songs from different centuries according to the gregorian calendar we all seem to adhere to these days, but i digress, come on down tomorrow)). we're at the regency ballroom.

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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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sorry about the "bands in town" crap that keeps coming up, apparently they don't own a map, a calendar or a picture of the band

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sorry about the "bands in town" crap that keeps coming up, apparently they don't own a map, a calendar or a picture of the band

-jay

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a BIG BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to sing and dance and spill drinks on this last round of shows!! thanks to OFF! for being the inspiring band that they are (if you haven't seen them i highly recommend you do) ...and the local openers who where all great! we really appreciate the hometown showing up for them - all of you made this leg of the tour one to remember. we're always grateful and humbled ...

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round two coming up... most shows are almost sold out. http://t.co/0pj07x1jji

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a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the shows, all the local bands who opened up and especially to the great @OFFofficial! you all rule

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sorry about the "bands in town" crap that keeps coming up, apparently they don't own a map, a calendar or a picture of the band

-jay

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a BIG BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to sing and dance and spill drinks on this last round of shows!! thanks to OFF! for being the inspiring band that they are (if you haven't seen them i highly recommend you do) ...and the local openers who where all great! we really appreciate the hometown showing up for them - all of you made this leg of the tour one to remember. we're always grateful and humbled ...

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@badreligion

round two coming up... most shows are almost sold out. http://t.co/0pj07x1jji

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@badreligion

a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the shows, all the local bands who opened up and especially to the great @OFFofficial! you all rule

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@badreligion

TONITE! regency ballroom, san francisco. songs of the 21st century in our epic "battle of the centuries" with OFF! and western addiction

See Original

tonight! san francisco's night #1 of the battle of centuries (sold out).
tomorrow! night #2 of the battle of centuries - (come on down and get some 21st century songs (not digital boy, that would be tonight because it's a "battle of the centuries" you see... a presentation of songs from different centuries according to the gregorian calendar we all seem to adhere to these days, but i digress, come on down tomorrow)). we're at the regency ballroom.

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San Francisco! We're bringing our battle of the centuries to you. Over 60 songs in 2 days. Let's Go! http://t.co/LA00bbQVl2

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