There’s not a whole lot you can say about a band that has kicked ass for over two decades in every way that hasn’t been said before. Bad Religion has been active and going for over two decades and has been a relevant part of pop(or not pop) culture during that whole time. Anybody who knows anything about music has known about Bad Religion for twenty years. Not bad for a punk band.
“New Maps of Hell” the latest release from Bad Religion goes into the pile of the band’s quality releases. There’s more quality punk here than anything else that’s been released in years. And because Bad Religion is automatically old-school for being around for twenty years they stay true to their roots and New Maps stays with the band’s trend of being traditional punk rock. Traditional punk rock in the mainstream is a welcome change to the scene after years of pop punk and the popularity of Emo.
Tracks that really rock on the new Bad Religion album are “New Dark Ages”, “Grains of Wrath”, and “Scrutiny.” The standout track on the album is “Honest Goodbye.” It’s nothing like anything that Bad Religion has released in the past. It’s straight Alternative-Rock and more unique than anything else on this album. Greg Graffin’s voice makes the track because a closeness that’s never really been made between listener and Graffin can be made here. You can always relate to what Bad Religion is saying and feeling, but in a different way. It’s a welcome surprise and a stand-out on the album.
I don’t have a bad thing to say about the new Bad Religion album. It’s up to par with everything the band has done and they continue to rock. All of the band’s success is due to every member of the band generally just being good at what they do; playing their instrument and being a band. All of that skill is anchored by Greg Graffin’s steady voice. If you’ve never looked into Bad Religion before New Maps is as good as a place to start as any.