Release Date: Jul 9, 2007
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
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.
Review Summary: Bad Religion keeps on keeping on, with mediocre results.Bad Religion - New Maps of HellThis summer may be the summer of mediocre releases by awesome punk bands. Strung Out's Blackhawks Over Los Angeles though praised by some has left me underwhelmed and aching for more. To offset my disappointment, I spent this afternoon cruising with my brother to Strung Out's Live in a Dive, which even got my brother amped up (he typically only listens to The Game and Journey).