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(As hard as it is to remember with such an incredible album as this, please familiarize yourself with the current case and information surrounding the West Memphis 3. Go to www.wm3.org for more information.) I cannot honestly remember the last time I was this excited about an album. 'The Process .
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(As hard as it is to remember with such an incredible album as this, please familiarize yourself with the current case and information surrounding the West Memphis 3. Go to www.wm3.org for more information.)

I cannot honestly remember the last time I was this excited about an album. 'The Process of Belief' was damn close, but I'm thinking this may even go back to Rancid's 'Life Won't Wait.'

It's hard for a lot of kids today to really get a handle on how much of an impact Black Flag had on modern punk music. Frankly, I don't know where to begin. I do know that this is probably the best album of the year. Let me tell you why....

Immediately thrown at you is the title track, "Rise Above", with ole' Hank himself giving lead vocals and a cast of punk all-stars providing backup, including Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman. The only disappointing aspect is Chuck D's contribution was limited to an dubbed voice-over. Regardless, this proves to be one of the album's standout tracks.

Original Black-Flagger Keith Morris steps up next with "Nervous Breakdown", which seems as natural as water why Morris used to front the band.

Surprisingly well efforts are also put forth by Clutch's Neil Fallon on "American Waste", Poison the Well's Jeff Moreira on "I've Heard it Before" and even Corey Taylor of "nu-whatever" Slipknot does justice to the classic "Room 13".

The group comes back again on "T.V. Party", with Henry again doing lead vocals. If you listen carefully during the infamous favorite show shout-outs, you can catch what piece of ABC trash Mr. Armstrong seems to like. I bet you wouldn't be voted off Tim.

Putting in a bid for best peformance is Hank III (you may have heard of his daddy and grandaddy) on "No Values", where he gives off an almost "Jello Biafra-ish" vibe. This one's a keeper.

Dean Ween unleashes his punk-tendencies on "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" in an uncharacteristic vocal styling; again leaving any listener in awe.

Half-way through the disc we get two of the hardest performances offered, first with Mike Patton (is he just everywhere lately or what?) on "Six Pack" tearing the shit out of this one, then ending with what I see as one of the greatest adlibs ever "Awe fuck, I'll just have a Zima".

Then comes probably what I saw as my most anticipated track, Ice T on "Police Story". Again, I can't complain. Better than the whole "Body Count" thing he tried on so many levels. His ruthless vocal styling mixed with smoothness is almost like an audio middle finger to authority.

I love Motorhead but I am a little disappointed by Lemmy on "Thirsty and Miserable". Nothing really different from Lemmy, but again, its fucking Lemmy, what was I expecting, him to rap?

Rancid's Tim and Lars are back again in "No More", another stand-out track, primarily because of their dueling vocals, something I haven't heard in a while.

Hank comes storming back on the next 4 tracks. First, "Black Coffee", then what may be the album's best track by Hank, "Slip it In". With his much more mature voice, aggressive yet more rhythmic, he only adds to one hell of a song. Inger Lorre provides the accompanying vocals.

"Annihilate this Week", is as good as can be expected, a great song, great vocals, but at this point my focus is completely going towards the very next song.

If you have never heard "My War", I.....no, I'll be kind. "My War" is THE definitive song of punk. I will not say it is the best punk song ever, I will say that the original is the best punk song ever RECORDED. There is a difference. And I am happy to say Henry did it justice. For starters, his aggression carried in it, but no too far. After the breakdown, he does not go into the screaming fit as he did in the original, which pleased me, as it wouldn't seem right. "My War" is a timeless, timeless song, and this version is a nice accompaniment to a legend.

From everything to artist cooperation, to Greg Ginn working with Henry to get this out, to Keith Morris and Henry Rollins both singing Black Flag song's on 1 album in the new millineum for such a worthy cause, this is an immediate classic.

I can't get rid of the goosebumps. Its like Black Flag is back together, but I know that isn't so. I can always hope, well, at least hope for a WM3 support tour from Hank. Greg, Keith and Chuck, you're also invited.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

Danzig was on tour, Henry said that he and Ian are such good friends that they should never do a project together (don't know why, but that's what Henry said), and H.R......who knows why. But they all rule, so this album is great.

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

the new rollins band (ex-mother superior) does all the instruments

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

I'm confused. Who does the guitar, bass, and drum work for all the songs on this disc. The reviewer just made it sound like the guests just contribute vocals? Is that how it works?

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

totally fucking amazing album... every track is a winner with the exception of ryan adams... FUCK that guy in the ass with a big metal spoon

but one thing... was it me or shouldn't rollins have got danzig and h.r. from bad brains to do a couple tunes? what about ian mcaye? nick cave would've been interesting too... i'm sure he's got all their home numbers...

who cares though... it fucking rox either way... iggy pop and lemmy doing black flag... pure fucking genius!!!

sickboi (October 30, 2002)

oooh you're witty....

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

Who's Black Flag? did I miss something? are they that new band that blink 182 discovered?

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Anyone who downloads some of the songs from this masterpeice and doesn't buy it have lost the point. This is made for the WM3....downloading this is pure disrespect for the artists on here and the fight against injustice. Any other album if you like only a few tracks then great.....download it, but this is to benefit a good cause with some great music.

JimmyArndt (October 29, 2002)

great review. im not agreeing with it because i haven't heard it yet, and probably will never hear more than a downloaded track or too, but it was a good review, especially for being so gushingly positive. usually extremely positive reviews are terrible, beucase its just some kid typing about a record he likes, but this one pulls it off nicely.

waste_elite (October 28, 2002)

"What a self celebrating sell out rollins is. Maybe weezer doesn't deserve a tribute album yet, but at least they didn't organize it themselves. All you "hardcore" kids will talk shit on thursday and dashboard for releasing live or redone songs but hell at least their not reaching around to give themselves a pat on the back. Rollins is an awesome guy and I have a lot of respect but he really shouldn't be organizing a tribute album for himself and his OVERRATED band."

know what the fuck you're talking about before you post dumb shit like that. this is a benefit ablum, not a tribute. yeah, rollins is such a sellout for putting all this effort into an album whose proceeds go directly to the WM3. idiot...

OVERRATED? hahahahhahaha...

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

WEll....you could have fooled me.

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

and for the record im 35

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

they can play live, ive seen it. But I think what your trying to say is they cant play live well, that they can

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

HA! You fucking idiot. This is a benefit album for the WM3 not a tribute for Black Flag you fucking little poser pussy. And by the way, if a band deserves a tribute it's GREG GINN'S band Black Flag, the best band of all time, you're comparing Thursday and Dashboard Confessional to Black Flag? You should be dragged out in the street and shot. Those poor, weak excuses for music should die. Those bands can't even play live, Black Flag and Rollins Band are the best live bands ive ever seen. Have u seen either one live? No...I saw Thursday live and they wouldn't last a second at a Flag show, they would be dragged into the crowd and eaten alive. And, for the record, this album is for the WM3 and trying to undo the injustices done. A little kid like you would know nothing about that!

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

What a self celebrating sell out rollins is. Maybe weezer doesn't deserve a tribute album yet, but at least they didn't organize it themselves. All you "hardcore" kids will talk shit on thursday and dashboard for releasing live or redone songs but hell at least their not reaching around to give themselves a pat on the back. Rollins is an awesome guy and I have a lot of respect but he really shouldn't be organizing a tribute album for himself and his OVERRATED band.

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

Greg Ginn is a master of the guitar....a true genious, he was original, raw, wld and creative. Rollins is the opitome of intensity and maniacally frenzied stage presence. No band before or since has shown up Black Flag on those levels.

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

You're forgetting to mention Black Flag's huge influence in alt. rock and all that post harcore stuff. Those types of bands give Black Flag a better reputation than all the punk bands that tried to mimick "Jealous Again" and "Damamged" without coming close.

This is good, but I hate Rancid and Ryan Adams. I can't stand them. I wish someone would've covered an "In My Head" tune. Preferrably not Henry Rollins. Did anyone notice the only songs not covered from their "punk era," 1977-'81, were by Rollins. It would be kind of interesting to hear Lemmy doing Slip It In or I Can See You.

I'm glad Greg Ginn's nowhere on this album. I don't think we need another old punk band (especially BF) cashing in on modern punk's success.

chad (October 26, 2002)

ok im not punk but i want the mp3 of jeff moreira cause he rules. could anyone send me it on aim? my screename is bloodonourhands

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

Who the hell is Ryan Adams???...Sounds like a fruitbag to me........and why wouldn't he change his name so he wouldn't get mixed up with the ever rockin canuck Bryan Adams.....

evildeadalive (October 26, 2002)

Apparantly he does that at almost every show. Could be staged. And it probably was Cuts Like a Knife in a nother city.

maverick (October 26, 2002)

It was "Summer of 69," actually. And he actually had the house lights turned on and refunded the guy 30 bucks and then kicked him out.

I woulda heckled after that, too - see if I woulda gotten more money.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

Ryan Adams? You tool, he got pissed when someone hollered "Cuts like knife" (BRYAN Adams tune) at one if his gigs and refused to play till the guy was booted....

waste_elite (October 26, 2002)

you forgot to mention Iggy Pop's version of Fix Me. that's one of the best tracks on this thing.

a piece of the stooges a piece of black flag = the creaming of pants

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

the best song on this cd is the terrific, haunting version of Nervous Breakdown by Ryan Adams. I get fucking chills down my spine everytime i hear it.

Vien (October 25, 2002)

I must buy........

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

Yeah, I seem to like both My Wars, I mean, I love the way Henry just went Berserk in the original, but i like his gut busting yells on this one. This album is amazing. I emailed Henry about the first review that I, Mr. B, did and he thinks it's cool that we're getting a lot more people to go out and buy this awesome thing, now with your awesome review it just brings in more people. And this album IS as astonishing as everybody says, pure anger and rage.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

This cd is just as incredible as the review says. Go buy it!

SoftcoreDan (October 25, 2002)

this cd was quite good...the only bad song was ryan adams doing nervous breakdown (i think) at the very end...ice t doing police story was awesome, even though i really don't like ice t at all...

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