My War

Label
Sst Records
Release date
24 Jan 2006
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
38:01

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 My War 3:50 69,208
2 Can't Decide 5:21 44,691
3 Beat My Head Against the Wall 2:33 46,099
4 I Love You 3:26 50,646
5 Forever Time 2:30 41,984
6 The Swinging Man 3:03 36,387
7 Nothing Left Inside 6:43 38,463
8 Three Nights 6:01 33,760
9 Scream 4:34 32,806

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  • PoachedWomb

    Just listening to this for the first time (shame on me). Only song I recognise is "My War" because I own a Good Riddance cover. The riff in the chorus from "Can't Decide" wouldn't have sounded out of place on Nirvana's Bleach album, and other parts of this remind me of Bleach. Those slow erratic guitar solos seem to have found a new home on "In Utero" too. I'm guessing that both grunge and sludge owe alot to the second half of this album, and to the production style of the whole thing. (I can't even figure out what makes a band "grunge", it seems to be something you just know when you hear it, though that would mean that to me Pearl Jam aren't grunge. Apparently they are though? Either way, I'm holding them responsible for all that shit that came in the wake of the mid-90s, e.g. Days of the New.) Anyway, enjoying this a whole alot.

    Yesterday 11:32pm Reply
  • Punching_joe

    By the way this album is not so hardcore. Compared to Bad Brains, MDC and Fear it's pop.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    sick album. Title track is super cool and the artwork is fucking awesome too.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JulioMesquita

    B side = sludge metal [2]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Chumsicles

    the production on this really is shit, as well as the drumming. Most of these songs can be found in better renditions elsewhere

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Tudo fixe!

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Not my favorite Flag album but I enjoy it and this was obviously a big influence on great bands like the Melvins, Soundgarden, Nirvana, etc.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    HushSettleDown, it's not so bad to be good.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Blue_Winds

    Mine's not scrobbing... But that's ok because it's not even that good

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    * B side = sludge metal

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    My deliberately douchey profile pic is the poop-flavored icing on the shitcake too. People who read these shouts in the future will probably want to travel wherever I am and punch me in the face. Oh well.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    Give it time, or try listening while stoned. "My War" is one of the best examples of a grower. It takes some time for the slow dirgey pace to sink in and for the actual songs to materialize. If you're familiar with Flipper or the Melvins, it's the same sorta deal. It's like they took a bunch of amazing punk rock songs and then stretched them out. Ginn's soloing is amazing on this record too. Something like "Swingin Man" might sound random and noodly at first, but they're doing some really insane noise jazz stuff. Sorry... I'm a Black Flag dweeb with too much time on my hands. Whatever though - it's fun to talk analytically about music, even if it bugs the living fuck out of other people.

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    Also, I agree about this album being a major influence on grunge. I always got really annoyed when I heard someone parrot that trite "Neil Young was the godfather of grunge" nonsense. That shit's only valid if you consider Pearl Jam to be a real grunge band. Personally, I've always said that Greg Ginn was the godfather of grunge. Black Flag's whole aesthetic (anti-fashion punks with long hair who listened to 70s hard rock and Sabbath) was the M.O. of the late 80s Sub Pop scene.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • substancex

    Any Black Flag fan knows that "My War" is genius. I wouldn't even complain about the production values of the record, if not for the fact that the band immediately started using higher fidelity recordings right after this album came out. It's such a fucking shame. The guitar on this thing is some of the most crushing shit of all time.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    "The production is really fucking bad" says someone with Daniel Johnson artwork for their avatar, really?! This is hardcore punk, not polished pop crap. (by the way, I adore Daniel Johnson)

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    The production is really fucking bad

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Punk4L1fe

    B side = doom hardcore [4]

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Doppz

    this is actually pretty good

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Punk4L1fe

    Sludge metal was first born on this album and grunge was influenced by this album,just listen to Mudhoney they also used the distorted sound and so did Nirvana on there first album bleach,if it weren't for this album,grunge and sludge metal probably wouldn't exist.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    The production on this is fine. It has a really thick, muddy sound that works well. It's also the best Black Flag release. Precisely 7 times as good as Damaged.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
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