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Great Uncles of Punk!
on 15 February 2002
When reviewing Punk material, you have to avoid such exclamations as "they rock!!" like the plague, but the truth is Bad Religion do certainly know how to bang out a good tune with harmonised vocals aplenty!
Now, whilst Bad Religion may be more like the Great Uncles of Punk rather than the Godfathers, their influence throughout Hardcore history is undeniable. They have spawned more bands than Pop Idols have failures! "The Process of Belief" is their umpteenth outing and whilst other bands that have lasted as long have diversified somewhat, Bad Religion have stuck their ground. This may be inhibitive to some, but welcome to others, if not most. If you like Bad Religion, this will be no disappointment, especially "Supersonic" and "Can't Stop It". If you were expecting them to change, then go check out Limp Bizkit or something. It just ain't gonna happen.
I respect B.R. as a driving force in Hardcore Punk, but not enough to give the album more than a three, purely because the pace throughout doen't vary enough to distinguish many of the tracks. There are moments of musical genius, but these are the short tracks. The rest, I fear is filler. Nevermind, though, they still have plenty in the back-catalogue that is worth a listen and the longer a band goes, the harder it is to excel the last effort. They have at least achieved this task, but the next outing will be more eagerly awaited I'm sure.