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How Could Hell Be Any Worse - Bad Religion

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Bad Religion / Audio CD released 2004-04-19 at Epitaph

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      17.04.2009 23:02
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      25 years old, recorded on $1000 and therefore quite amazing

      How could hell be any worse was the first studio album from the now quite successful punk rock band Bad religion. It was actually recorded in 1981 and released a year later in 1982 making this album now over 25 years old. It has been upgraded in quality a few times over the years though, and the digitally re-mastered for the 2004 issue of the album, I only have this never version, and the sound quality on this is pretty good, but I would have liked to listen to the original to see what it was like.

      1. We're Only Gonna Die
      2. Latch Key Kids
      3. Part III
      4. Faith in God
      5. F**k Armageddon, This is Hell
      6. Pity
      7. In the Night
      8. Damned to be Free
      9. White Trash (2nd Generation)
      10. American Dream
      11. Eat Your Dog
      12. Voice of God is Government
      13. Oligarchy
      14. Doing Time
      15. Bad Religion
      16. Politics
      17. Sensory Overload
      18. Slaves
      19. Drastic Actions
      20. World War III

      To be honest a lot of the songs on this album are that good, but its just good to listen to their style on this album and then compare it with how they went on to develop this style into some of there best songs ever written.

      F**k Armageddon, this is hell is one of my favourites it has a quite slow opening but then the drums kick in from no where and it really gets going. The singing style is fast and it sounds really good and I really like the lyrics and the arrangement of the song on this track, it works well.

      In terms of do I advise you buy this album, then probably not. The songs aren't really that good and if you haven't listened to bad religion before, then this album would be a poor reflection of just what they are capable of. However it was their first album, recorded over 25 years ago, and with under $1000, and for that it really is quite amazing.

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        08.02.2008 12:22
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        Bad Religion's first album (1982).

        Bad Religion's first album was a surprise success for the Southern Californian punk rockers, and has been widely hailed as the major inspiration for many later bands following the So-Cal sound, second only to 1988's definitive 'Suffer.' Funded in part by guitarist Brett Gurewitz's dad and produced on a tight budget, this has all the charm of D.I.Y. punk with uncharacteristic musical ability, and mixes its predominantly raw, Misfits-like guitars with upbeat percussion and Greg Graffin's distinctive vocals that aren't exactly melodic, but aren't aggressive either. With its hellish, Dantesque album art and strong political themes, this is angry punk that nevertheless remains fun and comparatively light-hearted, and can just as easily be enjoyed by people who couldn't care less.

        Not all of these fourteen songs stand out over the half-hour, but all are perfectly suited to the mood and themes without any glaring oddballs. Opener 'We're Only Gonna Die' is a little misleadingly complex in its skilled speed changes and acoustic flourishes, setting the album up to be more experimental than the earlier E.P. which turns out not to be particularly true (and worked to the next album's extreme disadvantage), and later songs of a slightly extended length such as 'Into the Night' essentially rely on repetition. There's a slightly improved sound quality from the preceding E.P., allowing Jay Binkley's bass to be heard distinctly for the first time, while Gurewitz also lets rip with some bluesy guitar solos starting at the end of the second track and dominating the third.

        While all of the songs are good, but perhaps lose something by being so fundamentally similar, it takes major deviation to set some of the later offerings apart, leading to an extensive spoken word satire on televangelism in 'Voice of God is Government' over backing instruments that eventually take more prominence, its successor 'Oligarchy' to up the speed and aggression for a final blow-out, and the real finale 'Doing Time' to respond in a contrastingly slower and lighter direction, though still rooted in the album's overarching sound.

        1. We're Only Gonna Die
        2. Latch Key Kids
        3. Part III
        4. Faith in God
        5. F*** Armageddon... This is Hell
        6. Pity
        7. Into the Night
        8. Damned to Be Free
        9. White Trash (2nd Generation)
        10. American Dream
        11. Eat Your Dog
        12. Voice of God is Government
        13. Oligarchy
        14. Doing Time

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 We're Only Gonna Die
      2 Latch Key Kids
      3 Part III
      4 Faith in God
      5 Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell
      6 Pity
      7 In the Night
      8 Damned to Be Free
      9 White Trash (Second Generation)
      10 American Dream
      11 Eat Your Dog
      12 Voice of God Is Government
      13 Oligarchy
      14 Doing Time