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Classic Album Review: Rollins Band | Nice

The Black Flag alum comes out swinging with the help of L.A. trio Mother Superior.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For my money, Henry Rollins can never top his work with L.A. punk pioneers Black Flag. But damned if his revamped Rollins Band isn’t coming close.

This second disc from the retooled outfit — basically, Rollins fronting Angelino riff-rock trio Mother Superior — comes out swinging with the same ferocity as last year’s rejuvenated Get Some Go Again. These hot-wired, guitar-fuelled injections of pedal-to-the-Detroit-metal pack enough heat that the musclebound Rollins seems forced to abandon his post-punk posturing and spoken-word self-indulgence to compete. Once again, he rises to the occasion, shouting the dark, literate lyrics of Hello, Your Number is One and Gone Inside the Zero with all the raw fury of the old Henry channelling the old Iggy. Nice, indeed — nice and rough. Just the way it oughta be.