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The Process of Belief

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After reuniting with Bad Religion to tour in support of The New America, Brett Gurewitz officially rejoined the band he co-founded for this album. It was a welcome homecoming. Though the group had written classic songs in Gurewitz’s absence, there was no substitute for the creative frisson between Gurewitz and lead singer Greg Graffin. The process of reforming with Gurewitz and returning to Epitaph was certainly personal for the band, and The Process of Belief is notable for its shift toward songs written from an internal, individualized perspective. Gurewitz songs like “Supersonic” are introspective, while “Broken” and “You Don’t Belong” identify with the adolescent struggles of young punk characters. Graffin, meanwhile, launches into political attack mode with “Materialist” and “Kyoto Now!,” but he also expands into new territory with “Evangeline,” a tale of crime that alludes to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1755 poem of the same name. Instrumentally, the band is in fighting form, with a three-pronged attack in the form of guitarists Gurewitz, Greg Hetson, and Brian Baker. A feeling of unity has always abounded in the ranks of Bad Religion, and it shows in the band's songs.

Customer Reviews

Best Bad Religion Album

Bad Religion started out with 3 great, fast paced albums from 1988-1990. Then they went experimental on us in 1992. Then with Recipe for Hate and Stranger Than Fiction, the band jumped into the mainstream. From 1996-2000, the band released a lackluster one, a terrible one and an okay one. But with the return of Mr. Brett, the band sounds amazing. This album is them returning to the fast paced music they played back in the late 80's and some even call it "the lost songs from Suffer." I can't believe this made me forget all about the past 3 astrocities and Against the Grain as my favorite BR album. The highlights include Supersonic, Epiphany, Kyoto Now!, Sorrow and Bored and Extremely Dangerous.

Good But...

Good cd, great that bad religion can still keep their vibe after all the years, but the old ones really are so much better listeners.

A change of pace, but the message stays the same.

This album is easily Bad Religion's best work as an overall music quality(their best work as a straight up Punk album is probably Against The Grain). The songwriting is absolutely top notch, and they're as punk as ever. But, if you're trying to buy this off the heels of Against The Grain/Suffer, be warned: While the punk roots remain the same, it's a lot slower on 45% of the songs and a lot more melodic then the early stuff. But, if you're not worried about that, for sure pick this up; Brett's songwriting is top notch, and Greg's voice remains as punk and as haunting as ever, if not more. Buy this, but beware.


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all of the Southern Californian hardcore punk bands of the early '80s, Bad Religion stayed around the longest. For over a decade, they retained their underground credibility without turning out a series of indistinguishable records that all sound the same. Instead, the band refined its attack, adding inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, and hard rock along the way, as well as a considerable dose of melody. Between their 1982 debut and their first major-label record, 1993's Recipe for Hate,...
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