15 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Henry Rollins had joined Black Flag just a few weeks before the California hardcore legends recorded their landmark debut album, Damaged. It sounds like he arrived just in time. Rollins sharpens the rage and despair of "Police Story" and "Rise Above" to a razor-edge, his throat-shredding shouts fighting to be heard above Greg Ginn's world-swallowing riffs. And even when Rollins sounds like he’s fighting to survive on self-loathing songs like "Depression," his delivery ends up being life-affirming in all its intensity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Henry Rollins had joined Black Flag just a few weeks before the California hardcore legends recorded their landmark debut album, Damaged. It sounds like he arrived just in time. Rollins sharpens the rage and despair of "Police Story" and "Rise Above" to a razor-edge, his throat-shredding shouts fighting to be heard above Greg Ginn's world-swallowing riffs. And even when Rollins sounds like he’s fighting to survive on self-loathing songs like "Depression," his delivery ends up being life-affirming in all its intensity.

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