My favorite 100 albums of all time: #25 ("The End of Silence")

Album Cover "The End of Silence"The End of Silence is the kind of music that would make construction crews call about noise violations. If Spinal Tap turns it up to 11, then the Rollins Band takes it to 13. It's an abattoir for eardrums. What I'm saying, kids, is this is a loud one and in no way subtle.

Weight shows the Rollins Band as accessible as they get. The End of Silence is every bit as well-produced as Weight, but there are no compromises to a wide audience. You're in, or you're out. I'm in.

The End of Silence was my introduction to Henry Rollins and the Rollins Band. I might have run into Black Flag at some point before, but I don't specifically remember when. I first caught up with the Rollins Band with the video for "Low Self Opinion."

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My favorite 100 albums of all time: #84 ("Weight")

Rollins Band "Weight" album cover If you ever need an album to derive inspiration from at the gym, Weight is your friend. The Rollins Band's 1994 Weight is the Rollins Band at its most accessible, but losing none of its hardness.

"Disconnect" starts relatively placidly, Rollins speak-singing about wanting to get away from the noise of other people before putting the song abruptly into high gear. Rinse, repeat. It's the best anthem for the weary.

If "Disconnect" is for the weary, "Fool" is your song to put on repeat when the relationship fails. "I should be healing myself, instead of hurting myself, I am a fool, I know, I know, I know" Rollins yowls while the rest of the band pushes harder and harder and harder.

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