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The Process of Belief
Very few bands pass the test of time, but Bad Religion has made the grade.
With over 20 years of sweating it out in a market that has changed more
times than Madonna's wardrobe, Bad Religion have managed to maintain a
high level of success.
But, the BR of today aren't the same people they were when they started in
1980. Both the music and the musicians have long since matured, changing
both their image and their sound.
The most important aspect of the band has remained constant their
lyrical content is unmatched in intellect and inspiration.
Bottom line: they still rock.
The band's latest release, The Process of Belief, has some key qualities
their past few albums have lacked aggression, Mr. Brett and Epitaph.
With the reinstatement of guitarist Mr. Brett (lead singer Greg Graffin's
lyrical and musical soulmate), the addition of acclaimed drummer Brook
Wackerman (Ozzy Osbourne, Suicidal Tendencies) and the move from Atlantic
Records back to Epitaph it's evident the band was searching for
Guess what? They've found it.
The Process of Belief is relentless. The opening track "Supersonic" speeds
by with flaming vocals and a fast drum beat sure to leave you anxiously
awaiting what is to follow.
"Sorrow" the first radio release is a melodic cry complete with pitch
perfect harmonies in classic BR style. The track opens with a slow intro
filled with fast rim shots. This song is sure to be a concert sing-along.
A more unusual track is the complex "Epiphan." It begins with a bass line
very reminiscent of NOFX's "Stickin' In My Eye," but quickly advances into
a strange hypnotic piece possessing great lyrics, ear-catching bridges and
arguably the best harmonies on the album.
Especially captivating is that almost every track in some way represents
an album of the past.
"Can't Stop It" resembles the old Suffer days, while "You Don't Belong" is
a more structured composition comparable to the far more recent No
One of the best qualities of this new album is its maturity, as it
represents a move forward for an aging punk band. While some fans may have
lost interest, this album proves BR never lost relevance.
No, they're not the young, bitter, leather-clad punks they once were. They
have fought long and hard to re-shape punk rock and whether you are an old
die-hard fan or just an avid listener of hard, fast punkish rock, The
Process of Belief is a fantastic album.