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The end of something,
This review is from: Come In And Burn [German Import] (Audio CD)
This is the last of the 'old' Rollins band albums although the decision to change the line up was made much later. 'Come in and burn' boasts standout tracks at every turn 'Starve' is as good as anything they ever did, 'On my way to the cage', 'Shame' and 'the end of something' hit you like a wall of sound. The production by Steve Thompson adds polish and even greater depth to the most 'evil' machine in rock. 'Rejection' puts a smile on the face of carrying a bleeding heart.
One of the reasons ol' angry arse dumped this incanation of his band was that they were too 'un rock' and not one of them owned a Black Sabbath record according to Hank but that is exactly the magic of this band and this album. In short Rollins band up to this point was the most unrock rock band on the planet. The drumming of 'Sugar' Simm Cain refused to toe the generic hard rock line and Melvin Gibbs bass is a monstrous wall of fuzzed up distortion. Chris Hasket again delivers the goods and his guitar shreds and shrieks underneath the bellowing and more 'grown up' delivery of Henry Rollins who was introduced to the concept of 'singing in key' by producer Steve Thompson, he's a long way from the days of 'Hard volume' and 'Silence' but he has no problems in conveying his angst, anxiety and angst.
I wouldn't rate this as the definitive Rollins band album, that honour goes to 'Silence'. Don't get me wrong its an amazing album, it has a pulse and heartbeat that infuses the listener and it rocks out in ways that most bands could never do.
The 'new' incarnation of the rollins band definitely rock but on this album you can hear what its like listening to a machine firing on all cylinders. This is awesome.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2014 16:48:38 BDT
CLINT McGAVIN says:
I liked your review. I have got WEIGHT, this album - which I reckon is my fave, INSERT BAND HERE/HARD VOLUME, and THE END OF SILENCE. I bought THE END OF SILENCE recently and apart from say, 3 tracks (the 2 best being 'tearing' and 'low self opinion') I've been a bit disappointed with it, so far, on the first couple of listens. It seems quite jazzy (nowt wrong with that) - especially as the album progresses, but in a way that seems really quite directionless at times to me. Why do you reckon this is the definitive Rollins album? Is it because it's a free-form, experimental sort of album?
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