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The Empire Strikes First is the thirteenth studio album by American punk rock band Bad Religion, released on June 8, 2004. The album is heavily influenced by the then-current Iraq War (most notably in the songs "Atheist Peace", "Let Them Eat War" and the title track) and also has some nods to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (the song title "Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever" as well as the line "you deserve Two Minute Hate" in the title track are direct references to the book), the latter most likely inspired by the Patriot Act.The album also marks the rare instance that non-members of Bad Religion received a writing credit, as Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music co-wrote two songs.The song "Social Suicide" appears in the video games Tony Hawk's Project 8 and MX vs. ATV Untamed.

 

Tracklist

 

Overture 
Sinister Rouge 
Social Suicide 
Atheist Peace 
All There Is 
Los Angeles Is Burning 
Let Them Eat War 
God's Love 
To Another Abyss 
The Quickening 
The Empire Strikes First 
Beyond Electric Dreams 
Boot Stamping On A Human Face Forever 
Live Again (The Fall Of Man)

Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First [NEW][LP]

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