Punk rock institution Bad Religion began recording New Maps Of Hell, the follow-up to 2004's heralded The Empire Strikes First at Grand Master Studios in Los Angeles, just as Greg Graffin was giving midterms at his other job: professor of Life Sciences at UCLA. The lead singer and co-writer notes, "When I was an undergrad and a graduate student at UCLA, I used to play and write with Bad Religion at night. Now, I'm back to that schedule as a professor." Released in July 2007, New Maps Of Hell was co-written with Epitaph head Brett Gurewitz, and produced by Grammy-nominated Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer). Gurewitz states, "We all liked the concept of maps, because we are exploring new material on this record, both musically and topically." Quite a feat for a band that had already been around for 25+ years at the time!