Black Flag Stream First New Album in 28 Years

Greg Ginn's incarnation of the hardcore punks release a 22-track LP.

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Black Flag are streaming their first album of new material since 1985, NME reports. Titled "What the...," the LP consists of 22 tracks and was released yesterday (November 5). It is the first new material from the band since "In My Head." There are currently two different incarnations of the seminal hardcore band at present, neither of which feature Henry Rollins. Black Flag, who have also been touring north America, features co-founder Greg Ginn, drummer Gregory Moore and vocalist Ron Reyes. Meanwhile FLAG consist of co-founders singer Keith Morris and bassist Chuck Dukowski, as well drummer Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton of Descendents. Ginn recently lost a lawsuit he filed against Flag for alleged copyright infringement. He claimed that he and his label SST Records owned the exclusive rights to the Black Flag name – and Flag variation – and the band's iconic logo, which Flag currently use on tour. Ginn was seeking an injunction against Flag performing live as well. However, a judge ruled that SST does not own the rights to the Black Flag copyright and that Ginn has no special rights to any of the trademarks. Listen to "What the..." below:

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    As much as I want to, I just can't get into this new material it's just so weak in comparison to their older material such as the EPs, My War and even Family Man. Greg Ginn lost the plot a long time ago in my opinion.
    Some really nice new material!
    Hm, but without Henry Rollins it's not the same. But regarding the fact of lawsuits about band's name (which is actually pretty stupid for hardcore/punk band) and Henry's philosophy I think it's a good decision for him to not participate in this reunion.
    Eh. Greg Ginn is too far up his own ass. This new album does not do justice to the Black Flag legacy.
    going to listen soon. I just hope the music isn't as bad as the album cover. I hope FLAG release an album in the future, even if it's just a live one
    A live FLAG album would be sweet, though I think that might get caught up in some legal wranglings with Greg.
    didnt greg lose recently about the legal side of things with FLAG?
    He did, but that was over stuff like logos I think, I'm on about the songs themselves, because I'm not sure how much of the material they play was written or co-written by someone else in the band.