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Stream Black Flag’s What The…, the band’s first album in 28 years

on November 05, 2013, 4:53pm

blackflagwhathe Stream Black Flags What The..., the bands first album in 28 years

Greg Ginn’s recently reunited Black Flag are streaming their first album in 28 years, What The…, in its entirety one month before its release date. (The album is due out December 3rd via Ginn’s own SST Records imprint.) Spotify and Rdio users can listen in below.

The 22-track effort is the group’s first album since 1985′s In My Head, and the first to feature Ron Reyes on vocals since 1983. The lineup is rounded out by drummer Gregory Moore and bassist Dave Klein.

On the back of singles like the hyper-dissonant “Wallow In Despair”, the Fugazi-esque “Down In The Dirt”, and the Oi!-tastic “The Chase”, the album is chalk full of the band’s trademark brand of manic, perpetually confrontational hardcore. Ginn’s guitar work is especially impressive, sounding just as visceral and destructive as it did back in the band’s glory days.

Even with this momentous occasion, much of the early press focused on the album’s cringeworthy cover art. In a post on his Facebook page, Reyes defended the cover, writing, “Well I gotta admit that I was the one who designed this. I submitted several designs all of which I liked much better. But this is the one that stuck. I was aiming for something kinda fun and not serious like some early Descendents art. I fully expected that some folks would hate it. I guess I was right. Does that make me prophetic? Lol. lighten up folks geesh its only rock n roll.”

The album also comes in the wake of a fairly nasty legal battle between Ginn and former bandmates Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, who’ve reunited under the FLAG banner.

What The… Tracklist:
01. My Heart’s Pumping
02. Down in the Dirt
03. Blood and Ashes
04. Now Is the Time
05. Wallow in Despair
06. Slow Your Ass Down
07. It’s so Absurd
08. Shut Up
09. This Is Hell
10. Go Away
11. The Bitter End
12. The Chase
13. I’m Sick
14. It’s Not My Time to Go-Go
15. Lies
16. Get Out of My Way
17. Outside
18. No Teeth
19. To Hell and Back
20. Give Me All Your Dough
21. You Gotta Be Joking
22. Off My Shoulder

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