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.

now that we've been home for a few minutes, i wanted to say to everyone who came out to the shows (all over europe and the u.k, from the middle of finland to the basque region and everywhere in between) THANK YOU! this has been a great year just playing because we love it and because we wanted to come out and have fun with all of you, trying out new and different songs and watching everyone sing ...

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last show of the tour tonight! vitoria gasteiz! #gasteizcalling! LETS GO!!! http://t.co/km7Y6yHRk6

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tonight! our last show with the interrupters and special guests the mahones in bologna Italy at club estragon. doors are at 7:30... LETS GO!

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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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Limited vinyl ‘30 Years Live’ LP coming Feb 26th. Preorder now at https://t.co/kmxBUkBko4 https://t.co/kFIRtEswbh

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Limited vinyl ‘30 Years Live’ LP coming Feb 26th. Preorder now at https://t.co/kmxBUkBko4 https://t.co/kFIRtEswbh

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happy new year everyone! let's see what you've got 2016...

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Check us out on @Spotify's Rock Christmas playlist - https://t.co/hgGt8XW03D

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this saturday we are playing the "picnic in pozo" with the misfits, strung out, t.s.o.l. and guttermouth... LETS GO! http://t.co/Pfv1ZI53m8

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Limited vinyl ‘30 Years Live’ LP coming Feb 26th. Preorder now at https://t.co/kmxBUkBko4 https://t.co/kFIRtEswbh

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happy new year everyone! let's see what you've got 2016...

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@badreligion

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Check us out on @Spotify's Rock Christmas playlist - https://t.co/hgGt8XW03D

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@badreligion

this saturday we are playing the "picnic in pozo" with the misfits, strung out, t.s.o.l. and guttermouth... LETS GO! http://t.co/Pfv1ZI53m8

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now that we've been home for a few minutes, i wanted to say to everyone who came out to the shows (all over europe and the u.k, from the middle of finland to the basque region and everywhere in between) THANK YOU! this has been a great year just playing because we love it and because we wanted to come out and have fun with all of you, trying out new and different songs and watching everyone sing ...

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@badreligion

last show of the tour tonight! vitoria gasteiz! #gasteizcalling! LETS GO!!! http://t.co/km7Y6yHRk6

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@badreligion

tonight! our last show with the interrupters and special guests the mahones in bologna Italy at club estragon. doors are at 7:30... LETS GO!

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tonight MILANO! we're at the LIVE CLUB w/ the interrupters. doors at 8pm. Stasera arrivano i @badreligion al Live di Trezzo il 2 settembre

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tonight PARIS! we're at la cigalle with the interrupters. doors at 6:30. come on down and get some très bon musique and some totes couture

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