Black Flag
My War


4.0
excellent

Review

by Music Nerd USER (3 Reviews)
February 1st, 2006 | 15 replies | 4,282 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


2 of 5 thought this review was well written

Album History

By the time My War came out, the band was just get over some court troubles. This band went through tough times and they could not release anything until the court troubles are settled. Their previous release Damaged is considered a punk and hardcore classic, which it is. The thing about My War is that some poeple don't give the album enough respect. You can defiantly tell the band is changing their direction. My War is the last great Black Flag album I think (Slip it In had some good songs though). To me this is a classic punk album. This is not my favorite Black Flag album (Mine is First Four Years, comp) but it still is overall a great album.It has a bit more genre mixing then their previous releases. It has a bit more of a metal feel to it.

The album was released on SST records.

Track list :

1. My War 3:45 (Chuck Dukowski)
2. Can't Decide 5:20 (Ginn)
3. Beat My Head Against the Wall 2:32 (Ginn)
4. I Love You 3:26 (Dukowski)
5. Forever Time 2:29 (Ginn/Rollins)
6. The Swinging Man 3:02 (Ginn/Rollins)
7. Nothing Left Inside 6:32 (Ginn/Rollins)
8. Three Nights 6:12 (Ginn/Rollins)
9. Scream 6:48 (Ginn)

The members at the time of this album are:

Henry Rollins - vocals
Greg Ginn - guitar
Dale Nixon - bass (Greg Ginn)
Bill Stevenson - drums

Greg Ginn used the "Code name" Dale Nixion on this album as the bass player. Bill Stevenson is the Descendents drummer, who also drummed for Black Flag. At this point Rollins had been in the band for 3 years. He is Black Flag's 4th singer. The others were Kieth Morris, Ron Reyes, and Dez Cadena. This album fits Rollins great. On the previous releases Henry had notihng to do with the writing, he just got up there and sang the songs. On this release Rollins had more participation with writing and I think that adds to the album.

Review

The album starts off with the title track My war. The song is excellent and features a very nice instrumental at the start. The bass, guitar, and drums are all great on it. Once the vocals come in you know it's great. Henry Rollins vocals on it are very pissed off, and he's ready to give it to you. Great start to the album. Track 2 is the song Can't Decide. It has the a catchy chourus. At this point of the album, it sounds somewhat similiar to Damaged. The next song that comes up is my 2nd favorite on the album. Beat My Head Against the Wall is an amazing song. The anti-mainstream lyrics are really good.

Quote:
Swimming in the main stream is such a lame dream
The 4th song on the album is I Love You. Well, I love this song. It has great riffs in it, and I like how it's different from a lot of Black Flag songs. This is the end of the classic tracks on the album. It does start going downhill after I Love You. Forever Time is a decent song, and Swinging Man to me is a great song, not the best on the album but it is very interesting. I like the instruments in it. The last three tracks are in the 6 miniute zone and they lose my intrest pretty quickly. They may appeal to more metal fans. This is why I love the original Black Flag. Short 2 minuite songs that get to the point. So yes the last tracks are boring, but overall the album is great.

Pros:
A change for Black Flag musical wise
Bill Stevenson on drums
Rollins has more emotion in vocals
Title Track
1st half of album

Cons:
Start of the downfall for Black Flag
Last three songs
No Chuck Dukowski on bass
2nd half of album doesn't compare to first album.

Recommended Tracks:
My War
I Love You
Beat My Head Against the Wall
Can't Decide
The Swinging Man

Conclusion:

Get this album if you are a fan of Punk, Hardcore, or a Black Flag fan. It's a great piece of work from one of the hardest working bands ever. If you enjoyed Damaged give this album a try, it has Rollins and a similiar sound. To me this is the downfall of Black Flag. In the sense that the group as friends started to drift apart and they drifted away from thier originial sound which made them so great.
- Keep on Rocking


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
February 1st 2006



3243 Comments


Where's the review?

AlienEater
February 1st 2006



716 Comments


this review says nothing about the album. i dont think you know about black flag to do this review
"a couple of songs are so great" how is this a con?

Misfit_Fiend
February 1st 2006



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Black Flag was hardly on their downfall they just started to move a way from their orginal punk sound.

Which shows on the 2nd half of My War it's alot of guitar soloing by Ginn

that would set the ground work for Family Man & Process of Weeding Out

JohnXDoesn't
February 1st 2006



1267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can tell by your other review and your formatting that you are sincerely trying. But this review is fairly thin. Even when compared to your Circle Jerks review. The formatting is clean and tidy,and you pay attention to your spelling even if your grammar is not perfect. That's fine. Keep practicing, take on constructive criticism, and keep reviewing stuff you like and are excited about. Don't be afraid to ask for tips and try to improve a little with each review. Hang in there.

Music Nerd
February 1st 2006



95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. You're right, I am trying quite hard to write a decent review but I can never get it quite right. I take in the all the criticism I get and try to improve on it. Thanks again, I'll keep trying to improve. My next one I will spend a lot more time on the review.

AlienEater
February 1st 2006



716 Comments


that's much better

Rudd13
February 1st 2006



952 Comments


This review kinda sucked, and the album is a good example of a bad turn a group with such an epic album shouldn't take.

MrKite
November 3rd 2006



5020 Comments


i think i mioght get this tomorrow if i can.

Zmev
November 4th 2006



983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just write more than 2 short paragraphs, Christ.

nirvana1989_nb
November 4th 2006



98 Comments


black flag are kk
dnt get disheartened about ppl rinsing your review!


MrKite
December 28th 2006



5020 Comments


You just need some practice at it.
But someone else should give this a review like, tom or somebody who's a good reviewer.
But, if you keep on reviewing you'll improve. It's how it works.
I need this bad and my cd store doesn't sell Black Flag anymore.

beeroine87
May 19th 2014



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the first sludge album ever (side B) ... for those who don't know

NeroCorleone80
June 3rd 2014



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the sludge

Digging: Howlin Wolf - Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight

BMDrummer
June 3rd 2014



6346 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I need to rewrite my first review for this masterpiece, I'm a fanboy though

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

DikkoZinner
June 4th 2014



3014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

t/t rules

Digging: Skinless - Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead



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