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Bad Religion, ‘New Maps of Hell’ (Epitaph)

What happens when one of the best SoCal punk bands to protest the God-fearing, warmongering Reagan ’80s sticks around long enough to write about an even bigger mess? Bad Religion spend their 14th album dissecting just what got us here — from the death of rebellion (“Requiem for Dissent”) to the rise of religious dogma (“New Dark Ages,” in which PhD’d frontman Greg Graffin sings: “A pall on truth and reason / It feels like hunting season”). The songs are more frantic and noisy than the band’s recent work, with opening blast “52 Seconds” lasting just that. But the targets haven’t changed much, and Bad Religion still hit them hard.

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