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‘Into the Unknown’ is the second album by Bad Religion, viagra 100mg which was released in 1983. The album was a major change from their previous style, delving into progressive rock heavy in keyboards, though it wasn’t at all popular as fans at the time were confused by the sudden style shift. When the band released the 1991 compilation album ’80-85′, a collection of recordings before their third album ‘Suffer’, ‘Into the Unknown’ was not part of the compilation, also partly due to the band changing their style.

The album is widely reputed to have been a major factor in their 1984 breakup as the recording sessions were riddled with discord. As a matter of fact, drummer Pete Finestone and bass player Jay Bentley left during the recording of the first song.

Only 10,000 of these albums were produced and distributed, but almost all were quickly returned to Epitaph’s warehouse. Guitarist Brett Gurewitz jokingly recalls having “[sent out] ten thousand copies and [getting] eleven thousand back.”[1] However, many did in fact end up in the hands of fans, when Brett Gurewitz’s girlfriend Suzy Shaw, who worked at the warehouse, surreptitiously sold all but 300 of them.

The album is generally disowned by the band, and there has never been a second pressing. Despite its abandonment however, it has become highly desirable and is now something of a collector’s item. The band has commented on the album on their site saying that they are not trying to hide it from fans, and that anyone who listens to it will understand why they have never re-released it.

It’s still shocking to me that Epitaph doesn’t at least offer this one up as a download-only thing on iTunes or something. We’re not in the 80s anymore; their teenage fans aren’t gonna be freaked out and stop buying their other records just because this one happens to exist. No one’s gonna seek them out at their show at beat them with a stick because they have a song called “Chasing The Wild Goose”.

As a prog album, it’s not that bad. Bad Religion’s strongest point has always been their sense of melody, and it serves them well here.

Bad Religion – “Into The Unknown” LP (ZIP file)

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775 Responses to BAD RELIGION

  1. Hakan says:

    not a comment on this particular post, instead I just wanted to say what a great blog you’re running. Lots of wonderful, wonderful stuff, old stuff I’ve heard about but haven’t actually heard, stuff I’d forgotten about, new discoveries, eye (or rather ear-)-openers…
    Being an old fart, I only discovered mp3-type blogs recently, it’s the best thing to come out of the net so far… and yours is the best of them all IMHO.
    So thank you. Hope you find the time and energy to keep it up.

  2. Nikholis says:

    the best part about this is the cover. So much 80′s clichés.

  3. ELM says:

    (While Downloading) I find it funny that punk was supposed to be a revolution about freedom of expression yet any deviation from the traditional 3 minute loud fast style is frowned upon. Black Flag pissed a lot of fans off with MY WAR, which is still my fave of theirs (and interestingly enough was released the same year as Into the Unknown).

    This has a 4 1\2 star on allmusic, and they haven’t failed me yet!

    (Upon Listening)
    Yeah, this needs cd reissue stat. 70′s rock with a splash of new wave, a combination few bands have attempted.

    Another excellent post. Keep up the amazing work! You’ve introduced me to some incredible stuff so far (F.M, Athletico Spizz ’80 and this post) and have helped fill in a few gaps of my collection (Peter Ivers and Chrome).

  4. monadjudant69 says:

    bad religion’s best !haha !how much for my vynil copy ?i’ll GIVE you 20 $!

  5. Kevin says:

    That is seriously one of the worst things I’ve heard in a looooong time.

  6. Joe Stumble says:

    Yeah I hate this album. Its not cuz “it broke from HC orthodoxy” or anything. I could care less about HC orthodoxy. Its because it sucks. The only song that is remotely listenable to me is The Dichotomy. Of course, I am not a big prog fan so…..

  7. Bryan Swirsky says:

    i recall maximumrocknroll reviewing into the unknown with three words: ‘out the window’. yes, it’s true, bad religion took a stalinist approach in dealing with that record. really sad as it sure beats the cookie-cutter shit they’ve been churning out ever since they resigned to epitaph and became brett’s pissboys. little known secret: brett and greg are huge utopia fans. listen to deface the music and then play how can hell and you will see all the parts they lifted from rundgren and co.

  8. Empire Hancock says:

    I’m not a huge Bad Religion fan, nor a detractor.. I like some of their stuff fairly well. Always wondered what this record actually sounded like, though. It’s kind of cheesy, but not really all that terrible. Wanted to note that “Million Days” is labeled “Billy Gnosis” and vice-versa in the files you uploaded, though.

  9. Empire Hancock says:

    “Losing Generation” and “Chasing the Wild Goose” (which is a pretty fine little tune!) also got switched. Oops.

  10. Matt says:

    Thank you! Thank you! I have searched and searched for this album for years. On of my buddy’s picked up a copy in the mid 90′s for $300.00 I think that was the only copy in the midwest because I have not seen one since. I thank you once again My bad religion catalog is now complete.