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Bad Religion Perform New Song ‘Past Is Dead’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Epitaph Punk rock legends Bad Religion made an awesome appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ last night (Jan. 30) to perform the new song ‘Past is Dead’ from their sixteenth studio album, ‘True North.’ Bad Religion have been putting out solid records for over 30 years, and with hardcore fans still cemented into the band’s foundation, ‘True North’ gave the group their highest Billboard 200 debut in their history. In the first week of release, ‘True North’ hit No. 18 on the chart, selling 18,295 copies of the album. Before taking the ‘Jimmy Fallon’ stage last night, bassist Jay Bentley thanked fans via Bad Religion’s Facebook page: Sitting backstage at the jimmy fallon show getting ready to play “the past is dead” tonight and we’re talking about how amazing the response to “True North” has been. it’s so humbling to be given this opportunity after 33 years, and how none of this would be possible without all of you… so it is with the utmost humility that we would like to say Thank YOU. -jay & the rest We recently sat down with Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley, drummer Brooks Wackerman and guitarist Brian Baker, so look out for our exclusive interview soon! Check out Bad Religion’s performance of ‘Past is Dead’ in the player below: Bad Religion, ‘Past is Dead’ Live on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/bad-religion-true-north-album-review/” title=”Bad Religion, ‘True North’ – Album Review” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Tool, Soundgarden + More

Tool Dissectional – Tool ‘s new album may be delayed a little longer as an undisclosed band member suffered serious injuries in a Vespa crash. [ Loudwire ] – Soundgarden have unleashed their ‘By Crooked Steps’ video, directed by Dave Grohl . [ Loudwire ] – Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor reveals in our exclusive interview that his love for expletives dates back to a Kindergarten incident. [ Loudwire ] – Rob Caggiano says the primary reason for his exit from Anthrax is that his heart “simply wasn’t in it anymore.” [ Loudwire ] – Brian “Head” Welch discusses his reunion with  Korn and if more U.S. dates and actual recording might follow. [ Loudwire ] – Def Leppard say their upcoming Las Vegas residency may signify the start of writing new material. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – With the Super Bowl coming this weekend, Ultimate Classic Rock chooses the Top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Performances. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Devo , Bad Religion and Flag lead the 2013 Punk Rock Bowling lineup in Las Vegas. [ Diffuser.fm ] – What are the 10 Best College Rock Albums? Diffuser.fm counts ‘em down here: [ Diffuser.fm ]

Bad Religion, ‘True North’ – Album Review

Epitaph Bad Religion are to punk rock what Iron Maiden are to heavy metal. Along with both groups brandishing unparalleled quality within their genres in over three-decade-long discographies, both Bad Religion and Iron Maiden are storytellers at heart who paint vivid visual pictures through their music. Fans are able to immerse themselves into the worlds birthed by Bad Religion with even greater intensity than their own personal realities, which is a testament to how many pairs of eyes Bad Religion are able to lend their fans for short bursts of multidimensional insight. ‘True North’ refers to the most perfect precision of one’s own moral compass, a theme that repeats itself in different forms throughout the band’s new album of that name. As Bad Religion’s socio-political foundation remains steady and without a crack, the band bursts into the album’s title track with a distinct old-school sound. ‘True North’ is an example of a perfect Bad Religion song: short and concise with profound lyrics topped off by a power chorus harnessing their trademark multipart vocal harmonies. The infinite perfection theme of one’s moral compass starts with the declaration of “ Keep searching ’til the end ” within the album’s opening track. The thesis continues into the standout anthem ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ which addresses the controversial laws that gift corporations the same rights as singular human begins. The line, “ Here’s the church, there’s the steeple / Open up the doors, corporations and people / Wait, what did he say? / What the f— did he say? ” forcefully tackles the subject of greed, which resonates further in ‘Land of Endless Greed’ and ‘Dept. of False Hope.’ ‘True North’ gets increasingly personal while orating topics such as the individual’s own conscience in ‘Popular Consensus’ and ‘In Their Hearts is Right,’ the latter of which seems to challenge the religious argument that the moral compass is directed by God rather than natural instinct. Bad Religion’s scientific and secular views are carried further by vocalist Greg Graffin in ‘Crisis Time’ with the lyric, “ Keep yourself in line / There’s no design .” Musically, ‘True North’ bears Bad Religion’s classic stamp, so expect no shock or surprise in the construction of the record. They’ve still got those rich vocal harmonies, guitar leads with plenty of distorted bends and choruses that will get stuck in your head for days. The album will fulfill both casual listeners and those searching for lyrical wisdom while clutching a notebook and magnifying glass, which has been Bad Religion’s M.O. for well over 30 years. ‘True North’ isn’t just another notch on Bad Religion’s bedpost. Much like their 2010 LP, ‘The Dissent of Man,’ their latest album is masterfully directed and offers a wealth of depth along with a spotlit entrance for both longtime fans and curious newcomers.

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