The Empire Strikes First

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The Empire Strikes First
Studio album by Bad Religion
Released June 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
Recorded November 2003 - February 2004 at Sound City in Los Angeles
Genre Punk rock
Length 39:42
Label Epitaph
Producer Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin
Bad Religion chronology
Punk Rock Songs
(2002)
The Empire Strikes First
(2004)
New Maps of Hell
(2007)

The Empire Strikes First is the thirteenth studio album by Bad Religion released on June 8, 2004.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
IGN 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [3]
RTÉ 4/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [5]

The Empire Strikes First was released on June 8, 2004 and peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[6] the highest position the band had attained at the time. The album scored a minor radio hit with, "Los Angeles Is Burning", which also reached #40 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Overture" (Gurewitz) – 1:09
  2. "Sinister Rouge" (Graffin) – 1:53
  3. "Social Suicide" (Graffin) – 1:35
  4. "Atheist Peace"(Graffin) – 1:57
  5. "All There Is" (Gurewitz) – 2:57
  6. "Los Angeles Is Burning" (Gurewitz) – 3:23
  7. "Let Them Eat War" (Gurewitz, Francis, Wackerman, Baker, Bentley) – 2:57
  8. "God's Love" (Graffin) – 2:32
  9. "To Another Abyss" (Graffin) – 4:07
  10. "The Quickening" (Gurewitz, Wackerman, Chris Wollard) – 2:19
  11. "The Empire Strikes First" (Gurewitz, Baker) – 3:23
  12. "Beyond Electric Dreams" (Gurewitz, Wackerman, Wollard) – 4:02
  13. "Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever" (Gurewitz) – 3:49
  14. "Live Again (The Fall of Man)" (Graffin) – 3:35

Japan bonus track[edit]

  1. "The Surface of Me" (Graffin) – 3:01

Personnel[edit]

Bad Religion[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • David Bragger – violin on "Atheist Peace"
  • Mike Campbell – guitar on "Los Angeles is Burning"
  • Sage Francis – guest vocals on "Let Them Eat War"
  • John Ginty – Hammond B-3 on "Los Angeles is Burning"
  • Leopold Ross – Sonic Alienator on "Beyond Electric Dreams"
  • Claude Sarne – goth choir soprano on "Sinister Rouge"

Other[edit]

  • Atticus Ross – programming
  • Joe Barresi – engineer, mixing
  • Tom Baker – mastering
  • Pete Martinez – assistant engineer
  • June Murakawa – assistant engineer
  • Nick Pritchard – design
  • Sean Murphy – photography
  • Matt Rubin – photography

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
United Kingdom June 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
Worldwide
United States June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 40
Top Independent Albums 2
Top Internet Albums 40

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Los Angeles Is Burning" Modern Rock Tracks 40

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