12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Jonny C 5150 ,

My First Rollins cd.

This is one of my favorite Rollins Band cd. A friend turned me on to Henry in the Navy. And this was the only one I could find at the time. I think it a great cd. A must have.

Lord Gak ,

Inspirational Power from Hank

Although the song (and hilarious video) for "Liar" persuaded me to buy this tape when it was originally released, some musical motivation and inspiration surprisingly made me like this album a lot. How many times have you wished you could disconnect yourself from the harsh realities of life every once in a while? Rollins shreds the hypocrites and cowards of this world to pieces, and gives you a nice kick in the posterior to get you moving in the right direction for good measure. "Alien Blueprint" is one of my favorite songs of all time - check it out.

Brodel ,

Weight Review

If your a Rollins fan then you'll like this album. It wasn't my favorite, but it has more than enough tough energy tracks. The sound of the album is raw and almost live with out any studio tricks. I thought it was worth buying and you will to.

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