THE DISSENT OF MAN by BAD RELIGION (Epitaph Records)
If you want to listen to Brett Gurewitz’s songwriting skills, with Brooks delivering righteous drumming, having Brian Baker pounding out his best guitar licks, with Hetson and Jay being cool as always…and Greg Graffin flex out his vocal and intellectual might, then this is for you. If you count Back To The Known this makes for Bad Religion their 16th release. With absolute unwavering beliefs, political, financial knowledge and relationships the bands anger still pushes their punk influences further.
Some songs on here show a softer side to their 30 years being in the business, but maybe they’re exploring playing around with new territory just like they did with Recipe For Hate. This is the most personal record this band has ever made. The money maker on here for the standard hard core punk is the song Someone to Believe with it’s fist wave that roars along with the speed of light that puts crowds into frenzies. The band might be growing up and bring up children and getting masters or PhD’s degree’s from UCLA, but they can still relate to youth and it’s needs to rants and get pissed off and challenge the righteous government.
(Review by Jonathan D. Wright)