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  • Summary: The veteran Southern California hardcore punk band returns with--as you may have guessed from the title--a political-themed disc, complete with carefully-footnoted lyrics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 91
    Good records from the Descendents and Bad Religion in one year? Joe Strummer's ghost must be keeping close watch. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  2. One of its most charged and inspired records in years.
  3. 80
    This is the band at their melodious best. [Jun 2004, p.112]
  4. While not as edgy as The Process of Belief, it is more complex and better produced.
  5. Bad Religion sound more relevant than ever on their incendiary, political manifesto The Empire Strikes First.
  6. The Empire Strikes First isn't a return to Bad Religion at its most vitriolic and unstoppable -- whether that could ever really happen is unclear, and probably unnecessary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17