Bad Religion Reunited With Brett Gurewitz, Epitaph Records

Punk band working on new album with founding guitarist who split in 1996.

Punk heroes Bad Religion are preparing themselves for the second coming of former guitarist Brett Gurewitz and a return to Epitaph Records, the label he founded.

The band is writing songs, singer Greg Graffin said in a statement on Thursday (May 10), and Bad Religion plan to hit the studio this summer with their eyes on a release before the end of the year.

"I haven't been this excited about writing in six years," Gurewitz said in the statement. "This is like a big family reunion."

The album will be Bad Religion's 15th studio effort since forming in Los Angeles in 1980. The band released its first seven albums on Epitaph before signing to Atlantic, where in 1994 they released Stranger Than Fiction. Though the album included "21st Century (Digital Boy)," the closest thing to a hit the band ever achieved, Gurewitz quit the band two years later to focus on running Epitaph.

In the meantime, Epitaph launched the careers of bands such as Rancid, the Offspring and NOFX, while Bad Religion released four albums on Atlantic, including last year's New America, which featured an appearance by Gurewitz on the song "Believe It."

No title or release date has been set for the new album.