Age of Unreason (album)

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Age of Unreason
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 3, 2019
Genre Punk rock
Label Epitaph
Producer Carlos de la Garza
Bad Religion chronology
Christmas Songs
Age of Unreason
Singles from Age of Unreason
  1. "My Sanity"
    Released: November 13, 2018
  2. "Chaos from Within"
    Released: February 26, 2019 [1]
  3. "Do the Paranoid Style"
    Released: March 26, 2019 [2]

Age of Unreason is the seventeenth studio album by American punk rock band Bad Religion, released on May 3, 2019. [1] It is the band's first studio album to feature guitarist Mike Dimkich and drummer Jamie Miller, replacing Greg Hetson and Brooks Wackerman respectively, and the first one to be produced by Carlos de la Garza, thus ending their collaboration with Joe Barresi, who had produced, mixed or engineered every Bad Religion album since 2004's The Empire Strikes First ; Barresi did, however, mix "The Kids Are Alt-Right", which had already been released as a one-off single in 2018.


The release of Age of Unreason also marks the longest gap between studio albums in Bad Religion's entire career, with their previous album, True North , having been released in January 2013. Singles released from the album were "My Sanity", "Chaos from Within" and "Do the Paranoid Style".


Bad Religion's intention for their seventeenth studio album was revealed by guitarist Brett Gurewitz about ten months after the release of True North, who said, "We'll play some shows next year, not heavily. I think 2014 will be when we start writing the next album, too." [3] By early 2015, Gurewitz and vocalist Greg Graffin had begun writing songs for the album, and plans were made to enter the studio that fall. [4] However, it appeared plans had changed, as Graffin stated in a September 2015 interview with Glide Magazine that he had been working on his first solo album since 2006's Cold as the Clay , and Bad Religion did not have plans to release another album until at least late 2016. [5]

Graffin later stated that plans were made to begin writing the seventeenth Bad Religion album after the release of this third solo album Millport , which was eventually released on March 10, 2017. He was quoted as saying, "During the fall semester I'm pretty busy. But next year there's going to be a new solo album. I put out a new solo album about every six years, so next year I'm due for one. And then I'm going to develop a new book, but I can't talk about it yet. And finally, Bad Religion has a new album to write. So we've got a lot of work to do." [6] Asked in a March 2017 interview about the follow-up to True North, Graffin said, "It's one of the great challenges as artist is to maintain the tradition of his or her prior work. That's hard to do. It normally takes (Bad Religion) two years to put out an album. Why has it taken us four years to release an album after True North? Well, True North was such a great album – and we owe it to our fans to take it seriously as a great album – that to do another one is going to take a lot more work." [7]

On February 14, 2018, Graffin posted a picture of himself with Gurewitz in the studio on Twitter, and tweeted, "New songs in the pipeline"; the post indicated that Bad Religion was in the studio working on the album. [8] [ non-primary source needed ] Speculation resurfaced in April of that year when Gurewitz and Baker posted pictures from the studio on their respective Instagram accounts. [9] [10] On June 20, 2018, the band released their first single in five years "The Kids Are Alt-Right". [11]

Despite earlier reports that Bad Religion had been in the studio by mid-2018, and the fact that they had released one new song, Gurewitz told Los Angeles Times in July 2018 that, "We're writing for a new album, recording this fall or late summer. No release date announced yet, but we should have an album's worth of 'Fuck Trump' songs pretty soon. It's exactly what we need." [12] On February 26, 2019, Bad Religion announced Age of Unreason as the title of the new album, its release date, and premiered the lead single "Chaos from Within". [1] The third track, "Do the Paranoid Style", was released on March 26, 2019. [2]

The CD version of the album features the two previously released non-album singles "The Kids Are Alt-Right" (as the band's first ever hidden track after "What Tomorrow Brings") and "The Profane Rights of Man" as bonus tracks.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 78/100 [13]
Review scores
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Under the Radar 7.5/10 [15]

Wall of Sound gave the album a 9/10 stating: "Since their formation in 1980 the band have been challenging their listeners with music that appeal to their fans humanity, reason and conscience. Age of Unreason continues these themes, focusing on the current political climate." [16] Loudwire named it one of the 50 best rock albums of 2019. [17]

Track listing

1."Chaos from Within"Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin1:50
2."My Sanity"Gurewitz, Graffin2:58
3."Do the Paranoid Style"Gurewitz, Graffin1:45
4."The Approach"Gurewitz, Graffin2:25
5."Lose Your Head"Gurewitz, Graffin2:50
6."End of History"Gurewitz, Graffin, Carlos de la Garza2:47
7."Age of Unreason"Gurewitz, Graffin2:40
8."Candidate"Gurewitz, Graffin2:45
9."Faces of Grief"Brian Baker, Gurewitz, Graffin1:04
10."Old Regime"Gurewitz, Graffin2:42
11."Big Black Dog"Gurewitz, Graffin2:06
12."Downfall"Gurewitz, Graffin2:36
13."Since Now"Gurewitz, Graffin1:43
14."What Tomorrow Brings"Gurewitz, Graffin3:09
15."The Profane Rights of Man" (CD bonus track, not included on Japan CD)Gurewitz, Graffin2:07
Total length:38:10
Japan bonus track [18]
15."The Kids Are Alt-Right"Gurewitz, Graffin2:44
Total length:36:09



Chart (2019)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [19] 28
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [20] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [21] 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [22] 163
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [23] 12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [24] 8
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [25] 37
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [26] 56
Scottish Albums (OCC) [27] 41
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [28] 41
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [29] 58
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [30] 16
US Billboard 200 [31] 73

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