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Slip It In - Black Flag

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Black Flag / Audio CD released 1993-12-31 at Sst

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      23.03.2008 18:44
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      Black Flag's fourth album (1984).

      Released only a few months after 'Family Man,' 'Slip It In' could be viewed as offering something a little more customary to the fans rather than the weird spoken word and instrumental stuff of its intriguing predecessor, though it's more likely a result of an incredibly proficient year for the band.

      Continuing where 'My War' left off, this fourth album favours a more heavy metal sound than punk, evident in Greg Ginn's stoner riffs and prevalent solos, as well as the song structure. Henry Rollins no longer shouts for all he's worth, but is slightly more laid-back to fit into the style (though still capable of going all-out when required, as in the hasty 'My Ghetto'), but the album entirely avoids being consumed by the Black Sabbath/doom influence that rendered the second half of 'My War' unappealing to some.

      Ginn's guitar has an excellent tone throughout this album, rooted in the low end of the scale which accentuates his screaming solos even more, and it's clear from the instrumental 'Obliteration' that he owes some of his style to King Crimson's Robert Fripp, as this song sounds much like an imitation of their 'Red' album. As a heavy metal album, this thankfully stays true to the original meaning of the term rather than the sleazy, pop-oriented glam metal being practiced by many American bands of the time to mind-boggling chart success, and Bill Stevenson's drums sound oddly like a cowbell throughout, which is a nice touch. There are also enough pinch harmonics and down-tuned riffs to keep this appealing to those brought up on nineties groove metal, even though the mixing of genres ultimately weakens this album's character to some extent.

      1. Slip It In
      2. Black Coffee
      3. Wound Up
      4. Rat's Eyes
      5. Obliteration
      6. The Bars
      7. My Ghetto
      8. You're Not Evil

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Slip It In
    2 Black Coffee
    3 Wound Up
    4 Rat's Eyes
    5 Obliteration
    6 Bars
    7 My Ghetto
    8 You're Not Evil