Battalion of Saints is the bastard child of Motörhead and Black Flag – taking the driving rhythm and attitude of the former and the angry nihilism and paranoia of the latter. While perhaps not as influential of either of those two bands, Battalion of Saints can hold their own and this record earns them their place among the best American hardcore bands of all time. The musicianship is perfect, from tension-building drum intros to “Animal in Man” and “No Time” to Chris Smith’s Ginn-esque guitar leads. George Anthony sings like he’s being dragged, kicking and screaming, to the pits of hell for an eternity of torture and damnation. Their “Ace of Spades” cover is the fucking icing on the cake. An underrated classic from 1984.
(Taang! Records)