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Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man

Proof that you do indeed need a 15th Bad Religion album in your collection.
Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man
Epitaph Records

It’s pretty amazing to think that Bad Religion has turned 30 years old and this is their 15th full-length studio album. The band has nearly unrivaled staying power. They also still put on one of the more entertaining shows in punk rock. When you see the band play you are pretty much guaranteed a damn good show. The band has a solid formula and with little exception they haven’t strayed far from it in the last three decades.

The Dissent of Man stays pretty true to the Bad Religion formula; it is mid-tempo, melodic punk rock with intelligent lyrics. The songs are anthemic at times and there’s plenty of sing-along choruses to get the blood pumping. The band also branches out a little more on this album by slowing down a few songs and there’s some interesting guitar leads going on in a few tracks too. The slower numbers work at times but fall short in others and the strongest material is the faster numbers that actually stick to the standard BR formula that has been working so well for them all these years. The good far outweighs the bad on the album however and the end result is the 15th album by Bad Religion ranks as a pretty solid release worth of inclusion in your Bad Religion record collection.

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