Growing up I was never gave the punk rock grandpas Bad Religion much time. I remember their later albums being fairly popular during my high schools days, I even remember when they were a one of the biggest bands on the last Warped Tour to go through Barrie. But for whatever reason, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I found myself going back through their albums and finding that it was their first from 1982 that really hit home with me.
“How Could Hell Be Any Worse” was their debut album and a classic album for punk rock. I don’t know what specifically it is about this album that draws me too it, as Bad Religion are usually know through their later albums after they had fully developed their sound. A lot of the superficial things about this album hit home for me, the speed, rough mix and loose playing are all quick points I can name but aren’t the real reason I hold this album in high esteem.
Sometimes there’s just an album that clicks with you at a certain point time and stays locked in for years after that. For me, “How Could Hell Be Any Worse” is one of those albums and I can see it staying buried in its own section of grey matter for years to come.