“Old Regime” directly compares the aristocracy of pre-revolutionary France to modern elites.
But there’s something in Enlightenment ideals, a turning-away from revolutions and apocalypses, that in the current era is not just radical but even subversive.
I read about the French revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and I started to recognize that this is a pattern of history and something we should never venture into. Every school child should know this but it's hard to get people to read about these things. Because right now, with social media, we are just playing a version of kill the guy with the ball." "Age Of Unreason" track listing: 01.
Punk rock used to be synonymous with youthful anger.
"The band has always stood for enlightenment values," Gurewitz explains.
"Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger.
Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger.
This record is our response.” That’s a fair assessment of the lyrical themes that run through the songs.
The track "Chaos From Within" uses the band's iconic fast, powerful and melodic sound to examine the current border wall controversy with the lyrics, "Threat is urgent, existential / with patience wearing thin / but the danger's elemental / it's chaos from within." As co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin says: "Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, But it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within." "Age Of Unreason" is BAD RELIGION's 17th studio album and was co-produced by Carlos de la Garza.
It is a timely work of immense power and one of their very best.