Of course, they also touch upon a familiar BR topic - religion - as on songs like the absolute standout, the passionate "God's Love"; "Atheist Peace"; the first real track (following the eerie, foreboding instrumental simply called "Overture") the visceral "Sinister Rouge"; and the fitting finale "Live Again (the Fall of Man)". The human condition is explored on the poignant and moving "To Another Abyss" and society on "Social Suicide". Meanwhile, the 2003 California forest fires are discussed on the hometown-sounding "Los Angeles Is Burning" - check out that "how could hell be any worse" line in there!
Musically, it's Bad Religion. Those trademark vocal harmonies - the "ooh"s and "aah"s, if you will - are used with abandon and well thought-out melodies abound. We get different styles and tempos throughout the album, including some slower, melancholic numbers like "Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever", "To Another Abyss"; some great anthems in the form of the aforementioned "Live Again", "Let Them Eat War"; plus, as always, a bunch of heart-stopping, blistering songs (that all still ooze melody) like "Sinister Rouge", the troubled "Social Suicide", "Atheist Peace", etc.
Basically, vocalist Greg Graffin and guitarist Brett Gurewitz (after a few less-than-brilliant albums sans Gurewitz...) are at the top of their game after all these years - continuing from 'The Process', when Gurewitz came back into the fold, lending his songwriting prowess once again to - dare I say - THE most vital band of the last 24 years?! There. I said it.