Black Flag
Damaged


4.5
superb

Review

by skramz whore USER (28 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 50 replies | 1,397 views


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Life is cold, and it reaches inside.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Few bands are as straightforward both musically and lyrically as early Black Flag, especially on their debut full length, Damaged, the tale of a miserable man in a miserable city. The guitar work is sloppy and ferocious, the drums are fast paced and forceful, and the vocals are angry and impassioned. Now, all of this sounds like the elements to create a perfect hardcore punk record, and they really are, but there’s one thing that is simply the cherry on top for this album, and that is the lyrics. Henry Rollins is extremely sincere and candid with what he says, with absolutely no pretense.

“I don't even care about self-destruction anymore
What's the use?
I just sit at home alone
Cold fingers, gold fingers, in a cold sweat
And then I remember
I remember a day
We'd go for a ride in the country
And you'd say.. Sing it boy! Do it again Do it again Yes sir! Yes sir! Yes sir! Yes sir oh yes sir yes sir yes”

This is just one example of a verse from the closer on this album Damaged I, a song filled with sludgy and bone-crushing riffs, and at times finds Henry just screaming like a maniac. The lyrics remain superb and tragic throughout the entire album, especially on the tracks Thirsty and Miserable, Damaged II, What I See, and of course the punk classic, Rise Above.

Musically this album is uncompromising, with distorted and fuzzy guitar tone just blasting into your ears, and sometimes they incorporate a catchy bass line, like on the songs Six Pack and TV Party. The drums are always being loudly banged, matching the desperation and rage found in Henry Rollins’ voice and lyrics.

The album all comes to a climax with the insane closer Damaged I. This climactic song embodies all the negative feelings that you will ever come across in your life, all piled on top of each other. In this song Henry screams as if he is being tortured. You know something is about to go down when you hear, “My name’s Henry, and you’re with me now,” which is a perfect introduction to this climax.

Damaged is an album about a life of pain, and not an album to listen to whenever you’re in a good mood. Everything in this album is abrasive and nasty, just like life. I highly recommend this album to anyone who has ever felt frustrated or confused, as this album is the sonic creation of frustration and confusion.

“No one comes in, stay out!”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hope this turned out okay.

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demigod!
August 8th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TV PARTY TONIGHT

YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ALRIGHT!

MrElmo
August 8th 2013



1950 Comments


ALRIGHT!

MrElmo
August 8th 2013



1950 Comments


lol nice

YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:3

XingKing
August 8th 2013



8995 Comments


These guys don't have a single 5 review on this site. Anyone else find that extremely odd?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2013



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album

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YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe I'll change that with some more listens.
I really don't have anything to complain about here.

demigod!
August 8th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

minor threat >>

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 8th 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Husker du>>

demigod!
August 8th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yaaa

YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

>.>

KILL
August 8th 2013



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dream theater>

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YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is trve punk

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 8th 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fates warning>>

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 8th 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya seriously this is so trve punk

YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm really glad my review turned into a ">" contest

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 8th 2013



5605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

srry bro this a well-written rev,pos'd might be my fav punk lp debut ever tbh

YakNips
August 8th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D I love it too.
Thanks for the pos.



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