Gurewitz left the band on poor terms and spent part of his seven-year hiatus in rehab. In the meantime, Bad Religion released three mediocre records and eventually left Atlantic. The band's return to Epitaph was paired with Gurewitz rejoining the band for The Process of Belief.

Belief, Bad Religion's 12th album, took a back-to-basics approach, harking back to the fast and furious punk heard on albums like Suffer and No Control. "Prove It" refuses to blindly accept theology, "Broken" takes a bleak look at teenage hardship, but the band offers a reaffirming resolution in "You Don't Belong." "Materialist" and "The Defense" continue the band's commentary on technology and consumerism, serving as indirect sequels to "21st Century (Digital Boy)" over a decade later.

With Graffin and Gurewitz back together, The Process of Belief was the beginning of a renaissance that continues into 2013. The sound is more polished, but after 16 albums, the aggressive, driving messages remain.

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Actually not EVERY song on 'Suffer' is less than 2 minutes.  "What Can You Do" is actually a hard-rcoking nearly 3 minutes!  Regardless, a great read on my favorite group!

 

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