After having heard this album countless times, and after having heard countless albums in general as record store worker, i'm convinced that Henry Rollins is the victim of his very own reputation in regard to "Come in and Burn".
Rollins is one of the sacred icons of hardcore because of his Black Flag past but of certain solo albums of his as well.
But this is exactly the catch: "Come in and Burn" is not your expected Rollins LP, indeed it's more a metal LP than a harcore one and a stunning one at that.
Rollins is blessed to have a great band behind him here, that delivers incredible recipes for agression and anger and does so in a very innovative way. There are songs here that will easily ignite any moshpit, songs that will move even the most snobby metal fans. "End of something" and "All i want" are easily two of the best songs Rollins has ever sung and "On my way to the cage" is a cue for great metal songs. "Thursday afternoon", "Spilling over the side" and "Saying Goodbye again" are great introspective songs that lack nothing in feeling and intensity.
Did i say intensity? I definately think that this album happens to eb one of the most intense of the 90s. As far as I'm concerned one of the intense period.
Rollins is at his songwritting best if not at his most mature both as a songwriter and performer (I've seen Rollins in 3-4 different tours and he was easily on top of his game while touring "Come in and burn").
One thing that is also certain is that in previous albums (as well as following albums) there wasnt much balance in Rollins's albums. He's always had the ability to write great songs ("Liar" being the overwhelming evidence) but he's also written many indifferent songs that have spoiled the goods overall.
Not so in "Come in burn". This is through and through intense, great and stomping, like a bus going 100m/h with the breaks out of order.
If you do own this album and you've somehow forgotten it on your shelf go and rediscover it. Chances are you'll be puzzled at yourself that you've left it there gathering dust. If you dont own it you are seriously missing out on a fantastic rock album.