16 albums. Thats a heck of a back catalogue.
After 33 years and 16 studio albums (Not including live albums and compilations) you would expect a band to be losing its edge over the years, expect a band to be slowing down, perhaps ready for a peaceful retirement and yet... what we have here... is an album of undeniable quality.
From the off, True North is an instant Bad Religion classic. Punching out a remarkably similar introduction riff (Leave Mine to Me springs to mind from 1994 album Stranger than Fiction) the song springs into life delivering the message of discovery that continues through to the albums end with Changing Tide.
What must be said straight away is that this album, is the standard affair for any Bad Religion fan. Casual listeners may not notice the shift in change from previous album, 2010's The Dissent of Man, but for their true fans (And there is a legion of them) this is almost a new dawn. The lyrics are strong, come out fighting lines 'Lets say we try to get this right/said the plutocrat to Jesus Christ', that resemble some of the bands best work.
The guitar work and brilliant burst of solo on The Land of Endless Greed is a joy, as is the fist pumping Nothing to Dismay which took this reviewer right back to the mosh pits of the nineties. The bands first single, track five (Which shall remain nameless) is a folk song in all but pace whereas with Vanity, they have recorded the fastest song the band has ever done.
This album is a testament to 33 years of punk rock dedication that will take a long time to beat. Whereas bands like Offspring, Greenday and Blink 182 are churning out the pop-punk; Bad Religion are still raising the bar, bringing out regular punk albums, steeped in intellectual lyrics and sensational drum work.
Bad Religion can do no wrong in the eyes of their fans, and yet they still release brilliant albums rather than resting on their previous work. 33 years of albums... lets hope for at least another 10.