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Had Black Flag not come from the Southern California hardcore punk underground and been releasing albums on their own punk-influenced SST Record label, they might have been considered more of a heavy-metal band. Tunes such as “Bastard In Love” and “Annihilate This Week” have firm roots in heavy metal’s bravado and crunch and singer Henry Rollins is one breast-beating powerhouse of a singer. But it’s the constant string mangling from guitarist Greg Ginn that separates Black Flag from the metal legions. His riffage comes close on “Loose Nut,” “Best One Yet” and “Sinking,” but his solos fly off the handle and sound like crazed free-jazz noodlings to the untrained ear. With each successive studio album, Black Flag were getting progressively more comfortable with the “tricks” available and Loose Nut is the first Flag album to sound like Rollins is processing his vocals and the guitars are being layered with care. What it lacks in live immediacy, it makes up for in variety.

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Great record. Marked a real transition for the band from the early 80s punk to a moodier, darker sound. The main complaint people have with the record is that it was a one-trick pony, and there's some truth to that. But, it was a good trick. There's also some undeniable metal undertones, which is always bound to tick off some in the punk set... particularly back in 1985 when the genres hadn't merged yet. Great riffs, great lyrics and a very cohesive record from start to finish.

Get "Who's Got the 10 1/2?"

I have no idea what Black Flag was thinking when they recorded this. The songs are actually okay, but why does Rollins sound like he is in an echo chamber. Get their second live album "Who's Got the 10 1/2?". It has all the good songs from this album and they sound 100 times better.

Very Good Album

certainly not like the damaged era but a very cool album indeed. the lyrics on this album are very real and the guitar tracks are very raw . not as good as slip it in or damaged but still a good album. recommended for any hardcore Flag Fan.


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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