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It’s astonishing to realize there was a moment in popular music history where the existential maneuvers of Rollins Band overlapped with mainstream tastes, but that did in fact happen in 1995 with the release of Weight. Though the band sacrificed none of its rage—and Henry Rollins none of his ongoing nihilistic monologue—the album was more concise than its brilliant predecessor, The End of Silence. Weight helped the band grab the public’s attention at a time when heaving blues-metal was experiencing a revival with groups as diverse as Pantera, Soundgarden, and Kyuss. Rollins Band’s great accomplishment was fusing bloodthirsty emotion with technical mastery. Chris Haskett is one of the great undervalued guitarists of the '90s, but the album’s MVP is new bassist Melvin Gibbs, who brings a tectonic funk to the assaultive “Disconnect” and “Icon.” Ironically, the album’s most experimental song became its biggest hit. With its jazzy spoken-word verses and explosive chorus, “Liar” is a scathing social satire that—like a great workout—leaves the listener punished and cleansed.

Customer Reviews

This record has the potential to change your life

What can I say? I can't belive nobody has reviewed this yet. Such a great record. It was the first Rollins Band record I ever heard and it's still my favourite. Hits into some tremendous grooves with the trademark sometimes hilarious, sometimes rightiously scornful, sometimes inspiring and always brilliant Rollins lyrics spat at you over the top. Do yourself a favour and get this record, listen to lots and love it forever. One of my all time favourite records.

Great!

Just listened to the album after years and it still sounds top, Liar, Disconnect, Civilized and Step Back are just awesome. Stood the test of time and Henry Rollins rocked when this album was made!

Worth the 'Weight'

This album without a doubt is a hard act to follow from 'The End of Silence'. Rollins Band pull it out of the bag, alhough it seems not to be as 'Angry' as End of Silence the lyrics is where it hits home. Chris Haskett leads the way closely followed by some awesome bass lines from the new Melvin Gibbs. AWESOME album to have in the top draw and probably just in time prior to Henry commencing work with Mother Superior. If your unsure to buy this there should be no hesitation this album rocks.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Almost immediately after the legendary punk/hardcore band Black Flag called it quits in 1987, lead singer Henry Rollins issued his first solo releases, Hot Animal Machine and Drive By Shooting (the latter an EP credited to Henrieta Collins & the Wifebeating Childhaters), featuring longtime friend Chris Haskett on guitar, bassist Bernie Wandel, and drummer Mick Green. But Rollins missed being part of a true band, hence the formation of the Rollins Band. Similar in style to the Flag's latter direction...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 December 1995

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