New Maps of Hell - Bad Religion
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  • Summary: The hardcore, often political rockers return with their 14th studio album.
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  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. 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.
  5. 60
    The tagets haven't changed much, and Bad Religion still hits them hard. [Aug 2007, p.98]
  6. On Maps, BR breathe new life into their formula--short, fast and melodic Cali skate-punk ditties led by the always politically and socially aware growlings of lead singer Greg Graffin.
  7. There's plenty of the driving, impassioned melodic hardcore that Bad Religion pretty much invented, but there is very little on this record to separate them from the vapid snowboard-video pop-punk that is their unfortunate legacy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. darrisc.
    Aug 5, 2007
    10
    its what i wanted. wasnt it what you wanted?
  3. 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. Expand
  4. ChrisW.
    Aug 11, 2007
    8
    Love this band, havent lost any steam since they started, but in some songs you really get the feeling that they overedited the thing... they Love this band, havent lost any steam since they started, but in some songs you really get the feeling that they overedited the thing... they lose some of the rawness of thier previous releases. Expand
  5. KezM
    Aug 28, 2007
    8
    Awesome Album and still going strong after many years.
  6. Jon
    Aug 21, 2007
    7
    Not their best album by any stretch of the imagination. However it's still a lot better than most of the other rubbish being churned out Not their best album by any stretch of the imagination. However it's still a lot better than most of the other rubbish being churned out in this genre of music. Collapse
  7. MrL.
    Aug 2, 2007
    0
    When was Bad Religion ever anything but a vehicle for the mentally underendowed to feel temporarily more intelligent than was their right?

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