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Album Review

After a rancorous three-year legal battle with their label Unicorn, which prevented them from releasing any new material, Black Flag binged in the mid-'80s, releasing a flurry of records that had even the most devoted fans scrambling to keep up. They did, however, start this period somewhat inauspiciously with My War, a pretentious mess of a record with a totally worthless second side. Featuring three tracks of slower-than-Black Sabbath muck with Henry Rollins howling like a caged animal, it was self-indulgence masquerading as inspiration and about as much fun as wading through a tar pit. Side one, however, was quite good, with the title tracks especially intimidating.

Customer Reviews

A classic

This album is a classic ignore the reviewer above,

Classic and essential

I just have to make a short review to confirm the other independent review - and confirm that you should dismiss the ignorant main headline review - this album is utterly consuming and compelling. Its very very intense and has never grown tired after a multitude of repeat listens. its kinda pointless to single out highlights - although these do include the brutal title track- this album is best savored as a whole - especially if you enjoy claustrophobia! Treasure it!

My War = Best Black Flag album

I totally agree with the independent reviews. As far as I'm concerned this is the only Black Flag album, I had never heard any Black Flag albums till less than a year ago and this is the only one that could be released at any time and still be awesome. The first six songs in particular are excellent and the lyrics are fantastic. I can't decide has got to be my theme song! To me this album represents a turning point for Black Flag. And also the only point where they were any good. The is between the tedious punk 2! 3! Go! stuff to the disappearing up their poop chutes era with spoken word poetry and random long winded weed inspired instrumentals.

I would give this five stars but the last three songs do go on a bit. I'd buy the the first six and get Black Coffee and Slip It In off the Slip It In album myself. But overall this is an excellent album, most definitely!


Formed: 1977 in Hermosa Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

In many ways, Black Flag was the definitive Los Angeles hardcore punk band. Although their music flirted with heavy metal and experimental noise and jazz more than that of most hardcore bands, they defined the image and the aesthetic. Through their ceaseless touring, the band cultivated the American underground punk scene; every year, Black Flag played in every area of the U.S., influencing countless numbers of bands. Although their recording career was hampered by a draining lawsuit, which was followed...
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