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Hermosa Beach, California, United States (1976 – 1986, 2013 – present)

Black Flag is an American band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California, United States, largely the brainchild of Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes.

Keith Morris was their original lead singer. He left the band suddenly in 1979 to form the well-known band, Circle Jerks. Ron Reyes was the second singer for the band, but decided to leave the band not too long after. Dez Cadena would be their next singer, but switched to second guitar when they found fourth and final singer Henry Rollins in Washington D.C. in 1981.

While Black Flag were - and remain - very respected among their underground culture, their music has not been the stylistic model one might expect, in spite of their formidable reputation. Rather, their influence was seen primarily in their tireless promotion of a self-controlled DIY aesthetic. They’re often regarded as pioneers in the movement of underground do-it-yourself record labels that flourished among the 1980s’ rock bands.

Over the course of the 1980s, Black Flag’s sound, as well as their notoriety, evolved in ways that alienated much of their early punk audience. They were part of the first wave of American West Coast punk rock, are considered a key influence on Punk culture band, and are especially important in the creation of hardcore punk. Their later sound, however, was often reminiscent of proto-heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath.

The band broke up in August 1986, when Greg Ginn decided to quit.

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  • Trash73

    v Converge sucks. Complex Metalcore for intellectually tuned in hipsters. Rollins would agree. I'd much rather listen to listen to the good ole' raw, groovy Rock N' Roll presented on "What The..." Of course, people prefer their older albums, for their variety and cult status, but it's decent enough

    26 Mar 11:18pm Reply
  • Bon-

    ''v Stick to your hipster garbage Converge then. The last album was great.'' 2/10

    22 Mar 10:42am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    No, the album really was that bad. Go listen to OFF! instead.

    21 Mar 5:22am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Um bando de cheirados, dementes e eufóricos...lindo demais! <3

    13 Mar 4:15am Reply
  • Steambull

    So, was their "comeback" a total flop with the fans as well? The critics certainly destroyed the album.

    25 Feb 9:51pm Reply
  • edubbwitthevdub

    The reaction to disco is so obvious

    17 Jan 5:03pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @cleeed Black Flag influenced almost every alternative and punk band that came after them, be it because of their way of doing business, their music or both. The Melvins, Eyehategod, all the hardcore punk bands, all the sludge metal bands, etc., took some influence from Black Flag.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cleeed

    I've just started to dig I|I|'s stuff, and I'm now very surprised, how much influence they made on bands I listen, EYEHATEGOD for example. And it's cool - to see the way music changes from year to year... But... Fuck that wall of text - they are awesome as hell, and that's all, that must be said \\y/- ( n _ n) -\\y/

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • celexicdream

    "I got a six pack and nothing to do."

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • FraiKrosovkin

    Любимая группа Нортона

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GasmaskAvenger

    "What the..." isn't really a bad album but it's not very representative of the classic Black Flag sound at all. Down in the Dirt is a killer track though nonetheless.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DunkeIheit

    MY WAR!

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HorrorChemical

    Greg Ginn needs to stop, pay the people who deserve money and call it a day.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Black Flag

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    how can everyone think that their first record is superior to My War? It wreaks of shit taste here.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RevolutionECW

    sooooo overrated. Maybe... MAYBE they LOCAL legend - yes.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • zedo

    BARRED FOR LIFE!

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Bas_VIII

    Tuuuuwks!

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Trash73

    "overrated" Calling a cult band overrated is pretty dumb

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Trash73

    v Stick to your hipster garbage Converge then. The last album was great.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
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