Come In and Burn

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Come in and Burn
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 1997
RecordedOctober 1996–January 1997
LabelDreamworks SKG
ProducerSteve Thompson
Rollins Band chronology
Come in and Burn
Get Some Go Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceC–[3]

Come in and Burn is the fifth full-length studio album by Rollins Band. Released in 1997 on DreamWorks SKG, it is their major label debut. It is also the last album before vocalist Henry Rollins dissolved the band's "classic" lineup and later formed a new version of Rollins Band with musicians from Mother Superior, who provided his backing band from 1998 until 2006, when the classic Rollins Band lineup reunited.

As of 1999 the album has sold 96,000 units in United States.[4]


The lead up to the making of the album was marred by a legal dispute between Henry Rollins and Imago Records, the independent label which had released the band's successful early 1990s output.[5] Rollins Band went on to sign with the newly created label DreamWorks Records.

By September 1996, pre-production work for Come in and Burn had begun. Recording on 19 new songs commenced during October 1996 with Steve Thompson in Bearsville, New York.[6] Some of the material had been written that previous summer in a stressful period, following the end of an exhausting tour for Weight and the beginning of the legal battle between Rollins and Imago.[7][6] The album was completed in January 1997.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for The Village Voice in December 1997, Robert Christgau said "this thrash-and-churn is [Rollins'] metalest metal ever", but regarded its lyrical content as "melodrama" concocted from "an adolescent despair [remembered] via groupies and fan mail".[3] Bill Meredith of AllMusic commented that "not everyone agreed with [Rollins] decision to break up his band after the experimental 1997 Come in and Burn CD" and described the music as a mixture of "rock and funk, jazz/fusion, and metal."[1] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club mentioned that the album contained a "surprisingly bottom-heavy mix [and] chunky guitars."[8] On Come in and Burn's 20th anniversary in 2017, wrote that "From the opening swirl of “Shame,” the music is tighter, darker and more atmospheric than its predecessors."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shame" – 5:32
  2. "Starve" – 4:08
  3. "All I Want" – 4:41
  4. "The End of Something" – 4:50
  5. "On My Way to the Cage" – 3:20
  6. "Thursday Afternoon" – 4:04
  7. "During a City" – 3:39
  8. "Neon" – 4:28
  9. "Spilling Over the Side" – 3:44
  10. "Inhale Exhale" – 3:39
  11. "Saying Goodbye Again" – 3:34
  12. "Rejection" – 4:37
  13. "Rollins Band Interactive" (1997 enhanced CD bonus)
  14. "Disappearing Act" (European and Japanese bonus track) – 3:40
  15. "Also Ran" (Japanese bonus track) – 3:42

Come in and Burn Sessions reissue (2005)[edit]

CD 1:

  1. "Shame"
  2. "Starve"
  3. "All I Want"
  4. "The End of Something"
  5. "On My Way to the Cage"
  6. "Thursday Afternoon"
  7. "Also Ran"
  8. "During a City"
  9. "Neon"
  10. "Threshold"
  11. "Spilling Over the Side"

CD 2:

  1. "Inhale Exhale"
  2. "Saying Goodbye Again"
  3. "Rejection"
  4. "Disappearing Act"
  5. "Stray"
  6. "Unknown Hero"
  7. "During a City (alt.)"
  8. "Destroying the World"
  9. "E.O.S. (Grooverider remix)"
  10. "E.O.S. (We Change Fear remix)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart[10] 38
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 76
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 31
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 52
Swiss Albums Chart[14] 49
US Billboard 200[15] 89



  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ P. Wisdom, James. "Come in and Burn"., Retrieved on May 7, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 2, 1997). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Taylor, Chuck (6 February 1999). "In the hunt for hits". Billboard. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Henry Rollins Sues Imago Records". MTV News. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Back cover notes of Come in and Burn (International version). Dreamworks Records, 1997.
  7. ^ Young, Simon. "The 10 best Rollins Band songs | Louder". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
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  9. ^ "20 Years Ago: Rollins Band Ends Their Classic Lineup With 'Come In and Burn'". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  10. ^ "Rollins Band – Come in and Burn". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  11. ^ "Rollins Band – Come in and Burn". Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  12. ^ "Rollins Band – Come in and Burn". Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  13. ^ "Rollins Band – Come in and Burn". Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  14. ^ "Rollins Band – Come in and Burn". Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  15. ^ "Come in and Burn charts [albums]". Retrieved 2010-01-17.