Brett Gurewitz: "I don't feel like we stretched ourselves at all; [New Maps Of Hell] was a little bit regressive and conservative.". He also said in 2007: "I think we're reaching back to our roots as a garage band and doing some really aggressive music. But we're also trying to look forward and write some really interesting new rock songs."
It was the first time they ever tracked and laid overdubs at a place called Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, CA. They had the exact same Neve console as they have at Sound City, so Joe Barresi was comfortable working there. All the background vocals were recorded at Brett's house.
On this album Jay used a '78 Fender Precision bass guitar:
On Bad Religion's 2006 DVD Live At The Palladium Brett hinted that New Maps of Hell would be a double-disc. This later turned into the deluxe edition, which contained 3 new songs (Won't Somebody, Adam's Atoms and Chronophobia).
In May 2007, Brett mentioned that 27 songs were conceived but only 16 (including 52 Seconds) made the final cut of the album.
About 4 months prior to the release of New Maps Of Hell the tracklist was changed quite a bit. And, instead of the original 17 songs, the final release only contains 16, as New Chapter was dropped. Further, Requiem was changed into Requiem For Dissent.
Regarding New Chapter, Jay replied: "New Chapter will probably not see the light of day.. it was a good song, but it ran into insurmountable issues that we couldn't rectify. maybe we can give it a try next time again...".
|01. New Dark Ages
02. Grains of Wrath
03. Fields of Mars
04. Germs of Perfection
06. Submission Complete
07. The Grand Delusion
08. Honest Goodbye
09. Prodigal Son
10. Before You Die
11. Lost Pilgrim
12. Heroes and Martyrs
13. Dearly Beloved
14. New Chapter
16. 52 Seconds
|01. 52 Seconds
02. Heroes & Martyrs
03. Germs of Perfection
04. New Dark Ages
05. Requiem for Dissent
06. Before You Die
07. Honest Goodbye
08. Dearly Beloved
09. Grains of Wrath
12. Prodigal Son
13. The Grand Delusion
14. Lost Pilgrim
15. Submission Complete
16. Fields of Mars
Greg Hetson: "We were doing a photo shoot for the record, in the middle of the recording of it. It was at a record store. There was some vinyl. We saw it was one of the titles of somebody's songs. Kinda lifted it from there."
The images are wood engraving illustrations by Gustave Doré (1832 - 1883), a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving. Here depicted is a scene from Dante's The Divine Comedy, which is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. This theme is a reference to How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, where another illustration from this set was used as artwork.
|Pier della Vigna||Hypocrites|
Brett in 2020: "Looking back on New Maps I guess I'd have to say "New Dark Ages" has "aged" pretty well. Feels like it's ironic chorus warning against science denial and anti-intellectualism applies more to the world today than it did when written. And "Honest Goodbye" with it's low-tuned guitars and Truman Capote-inspired lyrics has always been one of our weirder songs but a sentimental favorite of mine. Sometimes a book hits me hard and inspires a song and in this case it was Capote's In Cold Blood that led to the song."
Vanna (former band on Epitaph) contributed vocals.
|09/12||added Brett quote about album title and Guest musicians - By wrong planet|
|09/12||added to Song writing - By wrong planet|
|07/12||added Brett legacy quote - By Stinger66|
|02/09||updated recording - By Stinger66|
|07/05||fixed links; added ref to HCHBAW? - By wrong planet|
|06/03||Added details about Jay's bass guitar - By Marty|
|06/03||Added details about Jay's gear - By Marty|
|06/03||Added the Recording paragraph - By Marty|