Bad Religion - True North (Cover Artwork)

True North is their 13th album but there’s a fine line between honing a very specific sound that can define a band, and creating redundant and stale music. For more than 30 years, Bad Religion have proven that age is merely a number, and relentlessly churned out legendary records. The band’s latest offering True North serves as a culmination and retrospective of their storied history.

The title track starts the record with an instant melody that could never be mistaken for anyone but Bad Religion. The urgent beat converges with the soaring harmonies of the chorus, triggering memories of Recipe for Hate, credited by most as the band’s best major label release. “Land of Endless Greed” continues this theme, with vocalist Greg Graffin pushing himself to deliver just the right key.

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True North is nothing short of a celebration of Bad Religion as a permanent fixture in music history, and maybe more importantly, a testament to a timeless history of influence and epic releases. Nothing comes off as stale or self-serving. It’s easily the band’s best release in the last 10 years, and with time it will garner more appreciation in the overall catalog. I don’t look forward to the day Bad Religion calls it quits, but if True North is their final offering, it would unquestionably be the perfect ending.

True North, streaming below, is available in stores today.

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