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Bad Religion: The Process Of BeliefThe Process Of Belief (2002)
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Bad Religion's upcoming album "The Process of Belief" is no doubt one of the most anticipated albums of 2002. The following is a review for the tracks I could find off audiogalaxy(yes, I still plan on buying the album when it comes out on 1/22). I could not find a reliable track listing anywhere, .
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Bad Religion's upcoming album "The Process of Belief" is no doubt one of the most anticipated albums of 2002. The following is a review for the tracks I could find off audiogalaxy(yes, I still plan on buying the album when it comes out on 1/22). I could not find a reliable track listing anywhere, so I don't guarantee that all these tracks will appear on the retail album, or that these are all the tracks from it. Here is the track list I gathered from various places:

1 Supersonic
2. Prove It
3. Can't Stop It
4. Broken
5. Destined For Nothing
6. Materialist
7. Kyoto Now
8. Sorrow
9. Epiphany
10. Evangeline
11. The Defense
12. The Lie
13. You Don't Belong
14. Bored and Extremely Dangerous

Supersonic is a good song to start out the album with; fast paced and catchy.
"How does it feel to be outstripped by the pace of cultural change?
My deeds are senseless and rendered meaningless,
when measured in that vein."

Track 2, Prove It, is a bit faster than Supersonic, and a bit better at that.
"I don't ever need to prove myself to you.
There is no such thing as hell, but you can make it if you try.
There might come a day, when emotion can be quantified
but as of now there's no proof necessary
it's only in your mind."

Can't Stop It is the first officially released single off of "Process Of Belief", and Epitaph offers it for download. It is no doubt one of the hardest songs on the album, with driving guitars and a really great chorus. The vocals are processed through some distortion/noise effect, and really fit in with the music. Definitely one of the top songs on this record.

If it wasn't for the accoustic parts, Broken would sound like it was off of an album like "Stranger Than Fiction". Regardless, it is a great song.
"He was a troubled child,
had been down for a while,
always kept to himself.
No she couldn't depend,
he only wanted a friend.
Now he's made something else.
It's so sad, no one saw it coming,
the paper said he hit the ground running."
These lyrics, an obvious call for acceptance, are even better:
"While I'm not the kind to insist,
you couldn't have missed,
we must co-exist.
So please listen to me,
there is no such thing, as human debris."

Destined For Nothing is cool, if for nothing other than it has some nifty "whoas" in the beginning. "Whoas" are fucking rad, especially these ones. And I'm not talking about that Black Rob rap that goes "Finger and lick the asshole like Whoa!". No, that whoa sucks. THIS is the kind of whoa I'm talkin' about.
"Why can't you see, there ain't no destiny for you and me."

Materialist just may be my favorite track off this record. The music is among the best Bad Religion has done, and these lyrics are a sneak peak at how great the rest are:
"Mind of matter,
it really don't matter
if the street's idle chatter
turns your heart strings to tatters
[...]
The process of belief is an elixir when you're weak.
I must confess at times, I indulge it on the sneak.
But generally my outlook's not that bleak."

Kyoto Now is yet another great track on this song. Fast paced and great lyrics, which is really the formula for most of this album.
"You might not think it matters now, but what if you're wrong?
You might not think there's any wisdom in a fucked up punk rock song.
But the way it is can not persist alone.
A brutal sun is rising on a sick horizon."

Sorrow is the big track off this album. It was not intended to be a single, it was leaked to KROQ who then put it in their normal rotation. Being the great song that it is, and probably in part due to the circumstances of current events, the song has become quite popular, and rightfully so. It is much different than most Bad Religion songs, especially from the other, harder songs on this album. It is a welcome changeup of pace and style in this album, giving it an extra level of depth.

The next song, Epiphany, continues on with the mid-slow pace of Sorrow. This track is one of the most emotionally sung songs on the album.
"We arive at this place of no return, my sisters
only to discover, that our values ran us aground, on the shoal in the sea, of what we could be.
What's right is wrong, what's come has gone, what's clear and pure is not so sure."

Now, after 2 slower songs, we get back into the fast stuff. Evangeline supplies us with some more catchy fast-tempo punk rock ala Bad Religion. The sing-a-long chorus adds to the slop-bucket of fun that is this song.

The Defense is a great song, and is really quite different than anything else on this album. If not Materialistic, then this song is probably my favorite off track off this album.
"I'd like to watch 1000 cable channels but nothing's on
and my high-speed connection's monitored daily by the Pentagon.
These things are seldom what they seem.
[...]
No peace, no friends.
We trace the mortal edge.
To extend the obvious
this world is perilous for us.
No sense, no guide.
Ain't it beautiful to be alive?
Yea Right!"

The next song, The Lie, features powerful riffs that remind me of one of my all-time favorite Bad Religion songs, "I Want To Conquer The World". Needless to say, this song is fucking awesome. God damn. How awesome you ask? Well, you'll just have to get the CD to find out, you fucking bastard.

You Don't Belong is ANOTHER great song off this album. I've come to the conclusion that this record is going to become an instant classic when it comes out, and I'll bet you on that(can I borrow some money to put up on this bet?). This is a song about not belonging, obviously. It is easy to relate to. Once again, awesome lyrics and great fast-tempo music.

The last track is Bored and Extremely Dangerous. Now you have to give props for the title. That is one fucking cool song name. Shit. I just shit. Anyhow, like I said, cool song name. Cool song too. You ask, "Cool as in cold, or as in moderately warm?". I answer, "YOU FUCKING IDIOT! HOW STUPID ARE YOU!?!? I OBVIOUSLY MEAN COOL AS IN PIMPALICIOUS, SPECTACULAR, TESTICULAR, GREAT, FUN, EXCITING, SPANKTASTIC, ETC. I HATE YOU!" Yes. Yes, my friends. This song is cool in that way. Hell, the whole album is fucking wankarific, and that is a good thing. Buy this album the day it comes out or everyone will point and laugh at you, [points and laughs] , like that. You piece of shit, why aren't you pre-ordering it? [pause] What's that? You told me to stop talking to myself? But you are me, why would you tell me to stop talking to myself when you are myself. Don't tell me to stop talking to myself, just stop talking to myself. ASSHOLE. Viva Quebec! THE REVOLUTION WILL COME, QUEBEC WILL BE FREE!

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majorthreat (October 29, 2011)

Has some filler on it, especially at the end, but nonetheless good record

fletcher70 (September 27, 2008)

all i can say....keep these albums coming...

never_die (September 11, 2006)

A Great fucking CD, nearly perfect, if it werent for Kyoto Now, Materialist, The Lie, and Evangeline, then it would probably be my favorite of theirs.

Anonymous (April 5, 2004)

This cd was a breath of fresh air from what I thought was a dead band, but their new CD The Empire Strikes First is one of their best.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

yah, american lesion is amazing! go download it, and download "shatterd faith" while ur at it.

I also gotta give it up for wackerman, he lays down the best beats i've seen in a punk band for awhile, without being the only reason to see the band, like travis is.

Let's hear BR for 20 more years yah!

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

kikass album, new drummer kiks ass, i'll still miss bobby though...

sumone should review
"american lesion"

any br fan should check it out

Anonymous (December 6, 2003)

Unfortunately the review is better than the album, yes it was better than the new america but there are nu metal albums better than the new america.
There are good patches and some well worked out music, but it's far too inconsistent.

Anonymous (September 18, 2003)

When i got done listening to sorrow i had to shed a couple of tears. This albums fucking rocks.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

This album was great. There's not a single track I didn't like. My personal favorite was Kyoto Now!.
-by the way, this was a great review

Le_MAD (March 30, 2003)

Vive Bad Religion et le Québec libre.

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

best review ever

savesthedaypunk (February 25, 2002)

If blink 182 and sum-41 are punk, then i'm your mom. Respect the creators...I must say i like there older stuff better but the new stuff is fast and im a guitarest so i like it... definatly pick this one up...

Anonymous (February 25, 2002)

Whoa, who the hell is putting bad religion in the same category as Blink and Sum 41. Blink and Sum 41 are not and never will be as good as Bad Religion. Bad Religion has been punk since the 80's. That means they have been rocking bitches since before most of the guys from Sum 41 and Blink were either born or out of diapers. I'm not badmouthing Blink or Sum 41, they have found a way to be successful, and are providing a sound that the kids wanna hear. But if it wasn't for bands like Bad Religion, Dead Kennedy's, The Ramones, and all the other punk bands that rocked the scene in the late 70's and 80's ...and paved the way ... bands like Blink and Sum 41 would not be anything at all today. They are among the forefathers of punk. Give them a little more respect than grouping them with today's pop punk.

Anonymous (February 22, 2002)

it was really good.Its real ace
10/10 easily. up ther with blink 182 and sum 41.
what other stuff can i get by them.

jeffx (February 4, 2002)

it was for me dude. sorry. I was expecting a lot more after recipe for hate came out. a flop might be too strong a word though, I'll give you that.

CallingLondon (February 3, 2002)

*after that and before Process

CallingLondon (February 3, 2002)

dude, you said Stranger Than Fiction was a flop, in your review on www.qchc.com. That's not true, it was a great album. The ones after that before Process, were the flops.

Anonymous (January 31, 2002)

in case you guys aren't sick and tired of BR reviews by now (well some of you could be...) you can read mine at

www.qchc.com/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=720

but I focus more on the song interpretation than the history of bad religion and everything. It's more of a personal review.

Anonymous (January 30, 2002)

This album is pretty decent but it just doesn't have the flavor of "Suffer" or "No Control"

I would daresay that I like "The New America" better than "The Process of Belief"

savesthedaypunk (January 29, 2002)

hey kids i havent been on for a while but i have to coment on this one its a great ablum, i cant get supersonic outta my head. Definatly get this one, 10 stars...

fish (January 29, 2002)

kickass album.
great review too.
seek, you rock.

punky (January 28, 2002)

Nah i fucked it up, because australian and japanese version of cd has a bonus track called Shattered Faith.

Anonymous (January 28, 2002)

the last song is Bored and Extremely Dangerous

smart one

punky (January 28, 2002)

my mistake, sorry ;)

punky (January 27, 2002)

And btw, last track isn't Bored and extremely dang. its 'You don't belong'.

punky (January 27, 2002)

Ok, I've just heard the entire album, and don't get me wrong, but theres no way in hell that this album deserves 10/10 score...
The album is good.Supersonic, Destined for nothing,materialist and Kyoto now are great songs, but most of the other songs are pretty much your average Bad Religion.

seek (January 26, 2002)

in case you guys are wondering why this review is of the promo copy, it is because i made the review in december, i just decided to post it to punk news last week.

Anonymous (January 26, 2002)

You need to calm down, my friend.

Anonymous (January 26, 2002)

Hey I was at NOFX the other night too....top show......this new BR album fucking rocks also!!!

Mr_Burns (January 25, 2002)

Fuckin' A, this album is so awesome. Supersonic is great and Sorrow is just so fuckin addicting. If you're a BR fan, you need this album.

punky (January 25, 2002)

Great review seek.
I'm just scoring the review here, I still haven't heard the entire album.But I saw NOFX last night (And one of the first people to hear them cover Olympia Wa by Rancid live).I can die in peace now...

Anonymous (January 25, 2002)

seek your from Quebec?.....if so..cool me to!

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