New Maps of Hell

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
It's one thing for a band to merely manage to stay together for 20-plus years, but it's an entirely different thing altogether to effortlessly remain relevant and vital along the way. Bad Religion has already proved their skill, releasing solid albums every few years for a while now, and New Maps of Hell is no different. It finds that the guys don't just still have it, but they sound goddamn rejuvenated, bristling with electric energy and undeniable fervor -- their sharpness ultimately a testament to all the years playing together, especially in the complementary songwriting skills of Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz. Though their discography is already ripe with anthems, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
It's one thing for a band to merely manage to stay together for 20-plus years, but it's an entirely different thing altogether to effortlessly remain relevant and vital along the way. Bad Religion has already proved their skill, releasing solid albums every few years for a while now, and New Maps of Hell is no different. It finds that the guys don't just still have it, but they sound goddamn rejuvenated, bristling with electric energy and undeniable fervor -- their sharpness ultimately a testament to all the years playing together, especially in the complementary songwriting skills of Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz. Though their discography is already ripe with anthems, this entire record is a call to arms, where Bad Religion, still obviously discontented by much around them, urge the apathetic to finally take a stand. The band's richly textured, melodic hardcore arrives in full force, sweet vocal harmonies and crisp rhythms melding into invigorating track after invigorating track. "Requiem for Dissent" is overt, calling to "raise the rebel from his grave," while other songs further zero in on usual topics like the never-ending war, dissatisfaction, and government corruption. Even amid Graffin's normal dose of scholarly observations, it's the music that really stands tall. Cuts like "52 Seconds" and "Murder" are quick jolts of pounding hardcore to get one's blood boiling. Elsewhere, the urgent professions of "Heroes & Martyrs," "New Dark Ages," and the excellently layered "Dearly Beloved" effectively kick in with charging guitars and machine gun drumming, relying more on big and tuneful choruses to get the fists in the air. Even when the band veers a bit from the blueprint, it works, and the raw and dirty "Honest Goodbye" -- more like a '90s alternative rock song with emotion laid bare in Graffin's steady voice -- is an absolute standout. Leave it to the graying punk rockers to inject a much needed shot of adrenaline into the scene and show the kids how it's still done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778686322
  • Catalog Number: 86863
  • Sales rank: 4,354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 52 Seconds (0:58)
  2. 2 Heroes & Martyrs (1:25)
  3. 3 Germs of Perfection (1:27)
  4. 4 New Dark Ages (2:47)
  5. 5 Requiem for Dissent (2:08)
  6. 6 Before You Die (2:34)
  7. 7 Honest Goodbye (2:51)
  8. 8 Dearly Beloved (2:19)
  9. 9 Grains of Wrath (3:00)
  10. 10 Murder (1:18)
  11. 11 Scrutiny (2:36)
  12. 12 Prodigal Son (3:07)
  13. 13 The Grand Delusion (2:10)
  14. 14 Lost Pilgrim (2:28)
  15. 15 Submission Complete (3:40)
  16. 16 Fields of Mars (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bad Religion Primary Artist
Brian Baker Guitar
Jay Bentley Bass, Vocals
Brett Gurewitz Guitar, Vocals
Greg Graffin Vocals
Greg Hetson Guitar
Brooks Wackerman Drums
Technical Credits
Brett Gurewitz Composer
Greg Graffin Composer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Nick Pritchard Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Are you already a fan? Then this albulm doesn't disappoint. New to the band? Then step in and learn what a punk band should sound like. Intelligent lyrics, melodic, and fist-pounding tunes that touch on political and theological questions that plague us all. In 20 plus years of rocking, bad religion if anything, sounds better than ever. This is a cry to arms for the apathetic thinker to stand up and be heard. Side note-the new songs also sounded fantastic in concert.

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