OK, so seven of the nine tracks are selections from Damaged or the EPs leading up to Damaged, but Burnt by the Sun and Converge hoist Flag's fallen standard by tackling songs from the later years, and the results are brilliant. Burnt by the Sun's "Drinking and Driving" is incomprehensible lyrics barked over the relentless bass groove that was Flag's (ignored) hallmark for many years. On their version of "Annihilate This Week," Converge not only nails the Greg Ginn feedback that leaked from every song but simultaneously pays homage to Black Flag's two speeds: insanely fast and maddeningly slow. They ramp up the velocity in the first half, then drag the tempo through the muck for the second half of the song. Bonus points to the Dillinger Escape Plan for combining "Damaged I" and "Damaged II" into one shrieking mass of vitriol and for turning the latter into a quasi-dance mix near the end with handclaps, filter washes and a synthetic beat. Dark, contrary genius, which neatly sums up the finest elements of Black Flag as well.
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