Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First on Limited Edition Colored LP
Classic Punk Colored Vinyl Reissues from Epitaph
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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 circa 2004, the primary concerns of principle members Graffin and Gurewitz were not the band's intricate (and subtle) years-long evolution; they were first and foremost topical songwriters focused on domestic chaos and its global manifestation.
Fans take the band's growth and standards for granted. It's tempting to say - though impossible to prove - that the The Empire Strikes First is a such a terrific album because vocalist Graffin and guitarist Gurewitz, the band's most important creative forces, are responding to the death, desolation, and destruction of war, and to the attacks on the Bill of Rights; it seems more than just a happy accident that the band delivered one of its most charged and inspired records in years.