When we got this album I was very ignorant to who Bad Religion was. Obviously I had heard the name various times, but I can’t say I really set down and listened to them. My impression of Bad Religion was they were like Black Flag. Hardcore Punk! I was really, really wrong! Not that what they do is bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it took me a few listens to wrap my head around the style of Punk they were peddling. I was anticipating bone crushing bass and screaming vocals, instead I got defiant lyrics often in harmony among the band.
Bad Religion has been doing their thing since 1979 and The Dissent of Man is their 15th studio album so all do respect is given and deserved. Once I got passed the culture shock of going from Black Flag to Greenday I sat back and enjoyed a style of Punk I don’t listen to or cover much.
The songs are quite short and to the point. Lots of political reference and anti-establishment so it fits all the points that Punk needs to hit. Greg Graffin’s vocals are very clean and quick driven, the guitar work is very well done and a lot of the riffs have a classic rock feel to them. I don’t know how well this will go over, but there is a very Downtown Halifax/Dublin Celtic sound to a lot of the tracks.
Unfortunately my ignorance shows by my only real reference point being to Greenday as they are this style of Punk’s most notable from my generation. I can say with complete confidence the lyrics that Bad Religion puts out there have much more substance then Billy and the boys, so if you need a mental shot of Punk this is the album for you.
Will it make my MP3 player? No! But I’m glad in the end I gave it an appropriate amount of listens to say with complete certainty… its cool!
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