• Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2007
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It finds that the guys don't just still have it, but they sound goddamn rejuvenated, bristling with electric energy and undeniable fervor.
  2. New Maps is a terrific sounding record; at least two-thirds of it begs many repeated listens.
  3. 'New Dark Ages,' with its layered background harmonies, wall-of-sound instrumentation, and quietly propulsive drumming, is a 27-year career in a nutshell.
  4. The venerable outfit opens New Maps Of Hell, its 14th full-length, with a 58-second song inexplicably dubbed "52 Seconds"—and it's a ravenous blast of hardcore that swipes a riff from Black Flag's "Rise Above" before leading into tracks that range from anemic (the plodding "Honest Goodbye") to anthemic ("Fields Of Mars," one of the best songs the band has recorded in ages).
  5. The album is closer to the thrash end of their style then the folk, and the music reflects the anger in the songs brilliantly.
  6. There’s a heavy metal fence around much of New Maps of Hell that does sometimes feel new, or at least like revitalization of old habits.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. JamesD.
    Feb 2, 2008
    9
    superlative; this album is immensely enjoyable. No band writes catchier punk songs than bad religion. Oh, and their drummer, Brooks superlative; this album is immensely enjoyable. No band writes catchier punk songs than bad religion. Oh, and their drummer, Brooks Wackerman, is excellent. Full Review »
  2. CoyC.
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    This is definitely one of their best albums. It becomes harder to define a favorite due to the high quality of all their records. One of the This is definitely one of their best albums. It becomes harder to define a favorite due to the high quality of all their records. One of the reviews said it best... they sound rejuvenated. It's back to their old wonderful form. Full Review »
  3. JamesP.
    Sep 1, 2007
    10
    This is what I have come to expect from the worlds foremost authority on inteligent punk. Only a great album like so many before it. Bravo.