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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    Riverside, CA
    Riverside Municipal Auditorium
  2. 3.26.2020
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hollywood Palladium
  3. 3.27.2020
    Las Vegas, NV
    Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade
  4. 3.28.2020
    Tempe, AZ
    Marquee Theatre
  5. 3.30.2020
    Denver, CO
    Mission Ballroom

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Acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band Bad Religion's new album entitled Age of Unreason is out now on Epitaph Records. Since the group’s ...

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Ahh, time for some holiday fun. Enjoy! https://t.co/FuDYAUCPIX

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Our friends @AltPress are all about it! Thanks pals! 😍 https://t.co/VHo4uMrhwE

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EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT! https://t.co/fM6dfcQCvA

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@badreligion

Do What You Want - An autobiographical account of us! Available for pre-order in all the usual places. Written with… https://t.co/0XoUzFRHjD

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@badreligion

Ahh, time for some holiday fun. Enjoy! https://t.co/FuDYAUCPIX

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@badreligion

Well, I'll be damned...
Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio to tour together Spring 2020, tickets on sale Friday, Decemb… https://t.co/ZU4AXvt2xe

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@badreligion

Gather ‘round with @DoctorGraffin for ‘Christmas Songs’ - https://t.co/hRI4dO9DGs! You can also stream the album at… https://t.co/2nUWwZedDb

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Jay talks to @rnz_news prior to our show in Auckland this Wednesday December 4 at Power Station... https://t.co/gUI2YNtxH9

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More news on the Spain/Portugal shows. @OFFICIALSTIG, @Millencolin and @Blowfuse will join us on our 40 years anni… https://t.co/IxttQw39yI

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Here’s a message from Brian on our upcoming 40 year anniversary shows in Spain + Portugal. https://t.co/5AnV0dxyzc

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Excited to announce we’ll be playing 7 special 40 year anniversary shows in Spain + Portugal.
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