Monday, 10 January 2011

Black Flag - Damaged (1981)

Is this the blueprint for hardcore?

There are other bands and albums that shaped that genre
but for me, this was my benchmark for many years.

Any band that released a record that laid claim to being
aggressive had to be as good as this - and in the early '80's
there were only a handful that could put up a challenge.

Drums and bass were welded into an unstoppable groove
machine, Rollins was at his most frenetic and Greg Ginn
showed the world how jazz scales could be played at top
speed and with masses of distortion.

It still sounds fantastic now - Listen