«The Empire Strikes First» es el título del décimotercer trabajo de estudio de la banda de California Bad Religion. Producido por Brett Gurewitz y Greg Graffin, guitarrista y vocalista de la formación respectivamente, publicaban en 2004 éstas nuevas 14 canciones de punk rock y hardcore melódico. Reedición del año 2019 lanzado por el sello Epitaph.
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.
Bad Religion has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and is considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre. Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen.
- 1. Overture
- 2. Sinister Rouge
- 3. Social Suicide
- 4. Atheist Peace
- 5. All There is
- 6. Los Angeles is Burning
- 7. Let Them Eat War
- 8. God’s Love
- 9. To Another Abyss
- 10. The Quickening
- 11. The Empire Strickes First
- 12. Beyound Electric Dreams
- 13. Boot Stamping On a Human Faceforever
- 14. Live Again (the Fall of Man)