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The Empire Strikes First

26 July 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 July 2005
  • Release Date: 26 July 2005
  • Label: Epitaph
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  • Total Length: 39:38
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  • ASIN: B001F5EIYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,617 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "darren_morrison" on 4 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The following review was written by me for The Metal Garage [...]
Bad Religion have done the same thing as the likes of AC/DC, Motorhead, Cannibal Corpse, by finding out what they're good at, and sticking to it for their entire career, and for Bad Religion that thing is punk rock. So with this, their fifteenth studio album, we should all know what to expect.
'The Empire Strikes First' begins with a slightly gothic intro, before kicking off to the speedy punk-fuelled 'Sinister Rouge', and 'Social Suicide'. Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin have always been praised for their song writing skill, and rightly so. There is a good variation of songs here, from the fast opening songs, the mid-tempo rock songs like 'To Another Abyss' and the slightly moving 'Boot Stamping On A Human Face', and the catchy sing along single 'Los Angles Is Burning', with it's sweet harmonies that are present on most Bad Religion songs. This variation is more than enough to keep the album interesting, with all the songs being of a decent quality.
Like many punk bands have been recently, Bad Religion have focussed their lyrics on the happenings of George Bush, but unlike most, Greg Graffin's lyrics are well thought out and intelligent. I've never been a fan of political lyrics but Greg Graffin at least knows what he's talking about. It's not all political though, with other topics being moral and social issues and about the world in general.
This is typical Bad Religion, and any fan of the band or punk rock in general will enjoy Empire Strikes First.
Darren Morrison
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By misanthropic_anthropoid on 10 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow. This band never fails to impress. Unlike The Process of Belief, which had some amazingly good tracks and some very weak tracks, this album is all consistently good. No weak tracks on this one at all.
1. Overture 9/10 - Cool build-up to...
2. Sinister Rouge 10/10 - One of the best on the album, sounds like something from Generator. The goth choir is cool.
3. Social Suicide 9/10 - Strong track, title stolen from "Sensory Overload" from their first album.
4. Atheist Peace 10/10 - Another amazing track, great lyrics and a good message.
5. All There Is 10/10 - My second favourite on the CD, definitely has the best lyrics.
6. Los Angeles Is Burning 10/10 - Catchy song with a cool video, supposed to be released as a single on 23rd May, where is it?
7. Let Them Eat War 10/10 - HIP HOP? ON A BAD RELIGION SONG? I was shocked when I heard about it, but it does work. Another great song.
8. God's Love 9/10 - Just another strong track.
9. To Another Abyss 10/10 - Cool song, with elements of progressive rock - reminds me of "Into the Unknown", which I loved.
10. The Quickening 8/10 - Weakest song on the disc, it's by no means bad but it's nothing special.
11. The Empire Strikes First 9/10 - Really catchy chorus, but loses points for the cheesy lyrics (I already know how to spell E-M-P-I-R-E, thanks).
12. Beyond Electric Dreams 10/10 - My favourite on the disc, very catchy and generally just cool.
13. Boot Stamping On a Human Face Forever 8/10 - I like the way the lyrics are written, music is different but not particularly good.
14. Live Again (the Fall of Man) 10/10 - Best outro since "Cease".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "elmikeo" on 14 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Being a pretty big Bad Religion fan, I had hyped the Empire Strikes First like crazy and luckily enough, it lived up to that hype. There isn't one bad song on the album at all, and you can easily find yourself listening to it numerous times on repeat.
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Format: Audio CD
This was actually the first Bad Religion CD I ever heard, and it's a blinder. I prefer it to Suffer, possibly because it was my introduction to the band and possibly because it's technically better. Probably a combination of the two. What is certain is that the lyrics are unbelievably good and all the instuments gell together perfectly. Another thing I loved about it was that there were no songs I wanted to skip, although I liked some more than others all of them are good; it's a very strong album.

I really cannot give this album enough praise, it turned my eye to punk ( well, ears) but this band eclipse Blink 182, Green Day or any other punk bands you care to mention. For one thing they've been around a lot longer and this is clear by their immense songwriting ability and especially the guitar leads and breaks, which are better than on any other punk album I've heard. Overture is a great way to open the album, as essentially it's a one minute intro to Sinister Rouge, which is easily one of the best songs on the album, however this doesn't let up at all.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Audio CD
Bad religion are one of my favourite punk bands of all time, they have released many classic albums over the past 30 years, and this album is no exception.
Out of all their albums, this one is easily my favourite, as it includes some absolute classic Bad Religion songs, such as the epic sinister rouge, the superb anthem Los angeles is burning and the high energy let them eat war.
This album also shows that even after three decades, the band still has a lot going for them, both lyrically and musically.
It also shows that there are still many real punk bands out there who still care, and still have a strong political message, so if you are a fan of punk music, or bad religion, then this album is essential!
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