BLACK FLAG - Damaged

Damaged FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 01.12.1981
RECORD COMPANY: S.S.T.
 
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USERS RATING: 3 votes

Top 1981: #6
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LINE UP:
Henry Rollins - voce
Greg Ginn - chitara, voce
Dez Cadena - chitara, voce
Charles Dukowski - bas, voce
Robo - tobe, voce
TRACKLIST:

01. Rise Above02. Spray Paint (The Walls)03. Six Pack04. What I See05. T.V. Party06. Thirsty and Miserable07. Police Story08. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie09. Depression10. Room 1311. Damaged II12. No More13. Padded Cell14. Life of Pain15. Damaged I

Black Flag is without any doubt one of the most important hardcore punk bands of all times, probably the most important. And when I say this I am not trying to belittle the Dead Kennedys, Agnostic Front or Cro-Mags. Black Flag were the right people at the right time. Same as Black Sabbath were for heavy metal, Sex Pistols for punk, At the Gates for melodic death metal or Venom for black metal, Black Flag were for hardcore punk. To put it briefly: the primary definition of hardcore punk. The best example for this is of course the album we have here. 

 

Titled simply Damaged, the record is the first truly notable product released by the band, and also the first material recorded with singer Henry Rollins, an exceptional artist. I won’t go on about how cool Henry Rollins is and what he does outside of music, as this space is nowhere near enough for that. Let’s go back to Black Flag and their Damaged. The record, as I had started to explain above, is the pure essence of hardcore punk and, like the other bands I mentioned above (Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols, Venom or At the Gates) it shows that Black Flag were important not only for the hardcore punk scene, but also for names such as Saint Vitus, A Perfect Circle or even Public Enemy that are somehow grateful to them, while Converge, Hatebreed, Sepultura or The Melvins will always have a part of the Black Flag sound or attitude in their music.

 

Damaged is well worth of the honor of being included by Rolling Stone in the top 500 most important albums ever released, same as The Beatles, Bob Marley or The Who are not accidents in that list. Te words sometimes fail in describing the true value of music. I end by saying that while other names have appeared, such as Madball, Hatebreed, Sick of it All, Minor Threat, Agnostic Front, Cro Mags and the list could go on, none of them has proven as influential for music in general, not only for hardcore punk, as  Black Flag have proven to be.

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