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The Suicide Machines

The Suicide Machines: Battle HymnsBattle Hymns (1998)
Buena Vista Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Is it punk? Is it ska? Is it hardcore? Hell, who knows. All I know is that it is an ideal record for fans of all three genres. Over 20 songs, each one more abrassive and aggressive than the one before. 'Battle Hymns' leans heavy on the hardcore side of the Suicide Machines, and personally, I w.
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Is it punk? Is it ska? Is it hardcore? Hell, who knows. All I know is that it is an ideal record for fans of all three genres.

Over 20 songs, each one more abrassive and aggressive than the one before. 'Battle Hymns' leans heavy on the hardcore side of the Suicide Machines, and personally, I wish this Suicide Machines would hurry up and get back from their vacation. The follow ups to BH have been very dissappointing, for me anyway.

'Battle Hymns' is only really heard by sitting down and listening from begining to end. The mixing and production is outstanding, and the song structure is unpredictable, relentless, and full to say the least. Some are short, punk rock blasts, some are hardcore, head bashing rockers, while others have the catchy ska sound that the Suicide Machines established with their first record, 'Destruction by Definition'. However, all those styles are often found within a single song, making 'Battle Hymns' near epic.

As far as talent in the band goes, the main man is Derek Grant, the drummer. He really does pull out some rediculous fills and beats, and I hold him as high as any punk drummer out there. I believe punknews reported that he left the band! WHAT???WHY???

Anyway, after listening to 'Battle Hymns' in its entireity, one should go to the restroom and make sure his/her ears aren't bleeding. It's as intense as they come, unlike their other releases.

 

 
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devianter (October 18, 2010)

initially i didn't like it (was used to listen to the destruction by definition and other their stuff) but after listening it 2-3 times i understood the power of suicide machines. their best album hands down.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

great cd if u like this buy war profiteering is killing us all cd

someone-yeah (July 19, 2005)

This album is full of some of the best songs the machines ever made like Someone, DDT, Face Another Day, and Sides.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

My pet-peeve: buying this cd, losing it, not wanting to buy it again, try to download it, find half the songs are crappy quality, again pissed off that I lost it.

Does anyone else fucking hate that situation?

PS:This CD rallies. "Confused" has to be one of the best ska-punk songs I've ever heard.

Anonymous (November 21, 2004)

more HC punk than ska, but I like it

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

hcpunk with ska rythm at the best

rahn_puke (March 26, 2004)

great cd fucking awesome

aloha

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

You fools will never be able to compete with BSD. My reviews are bet-tar.

-BSD

NOFXPunkLTJ22 (June 10, 2003)

Im the first person to comment on this CD in two years. Thats pretty interesting. Best suicide machines CD ever, one of the best CD's ever. Best ska/hardcore CD ever.

sXe_nick (December 15, 2001)

your dumb

Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

Fathead decides to get a tattoo on his dick. When he is hard the tattoo says "food". When it isn't hard as a rock it just says "fd". He's at a urinal and the guy next to him has "fd" on his dick too. Fathead asks the guy, "wow! do you have "food" tattooed on your dick too?" The guy responds, "no, mine says "Fathead is a poor excuse for a punk that doesn't even deserve to be on this website because he listens to prince and p.o.d."HA HA HA HA HA

-Jay and Arn

OedipusWrecks (December 11, 2001)

Alright, so fathead's at work and his blonde girlfriend calls him and says, "Hunny, I can't figure out this puzzle I've been working on and I've been trying all morning." So fathead says, "Well, what's it supposed to be?" and she doesn't know, because she's blonde and obviously REALLY dumb because she's fucking fathead. So he asks, "Well, what's on the front of the box?" so she goes and gets the box and says it's a rooster. And he tells her that should help and hangs up. Well, a few hours later the dumb bitch calls AGAIN saying she hasn't made any progress on the damn puzzle and he says "Well, are there any pieces of different colors or distinguishing shapes?" and she says, "no, they kinda all look the same." So, fathead tells her to wait until he gets home and he'll help her with it, and he hangs up. So, fathead finishes his 9-5 shift in his dead-end cubicle job and drives home to his shitty apartment where his girlfriend (who probably has herpes) is sitting on the livingroom floor and when he walks in the door he rolls his eyes and yells, "Bitch! Clean up the cornflakes!"

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (December 10, 2001)

Fathead is driving down the road when he sees a sign that says " Holy Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution 5 miles." Fathead thinks his eyes are playing tricks on him. Then he sees a sign "Holy Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution Turn Here". Fathead is VERY lonely, so he decides to check it out. He pulls into the parking lot, walks up to the door, and rings the bell. A nun answers and points to a sign "$25 to enter the Holy Sisters of Mercy House of Prosititution." Fathead gives her the money and points him towards another door. He knocks. Another nun answers and points to a sign. "$50 to enter the Holy Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution". Fathead hands the nun a $50. She points him to another door that says "Enter". Fathead opens the door and walks out into the back parking lot. All he finds is a sign posted "You have just been fucked by the Holy Sisters of Mercy." HA HA HAAAAAAA!-fathead

Anonymous (December 10, 2001)

any one here about the new pirate movie?

It was rated Arhhhhhhh! .- the real fathead

Anonymous (December 10, 2001)

this is hilarious. punknews.org should start a joke section.

here's one from me.

what's red and crawls up your leg?

a homesick abortion!!-
the crudest,rudest,sickest motherfucker of them all.- the REAL fathead

WinstonFeatherby (December 8, 2001)

One day fathead was sitting in his office when he heard the voice of pat41 in his head. "Divorce your wife!" pat41's voice said. Fathead just laughed and continued working. But pat41 wouldn't stop, and by the end of the day fathead couldn't take it any longer so he filed for divorce. Then pat41 said "Quit your job!" So fathead told his boss that he quit. Then pat41 said "Drive to Las Vegas!" So fathead filled up his gas tank and drove to Las Vegas. Then pat41 said "Go to the Arrowhead Casino" So fathead walked in and went to the roulette table. "Bet everything you have on red 27," pat41 said, so fathead bet everything. "Black 13" the roulette guy said. "Fuck!" said pat41. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HA HA HA HA!!!!-fathead

Anonymous (December 7, 2001)

Fathhead's driving and get's rammed by some chick who wasn't paying attention. The chick get's out of the car and so does fathead. "wow are cars are totaled, yet we aren't injured a bit, this must be a sign of God that we are ment for eachother" says the chick. "yeah i guess that's cool," says fathead. "wow look i have an unopened, unharmed wine bottle in my car aswell would like some to celebrate?" asks the chick. "Sure" says fathead, and he chugs half the bottle. Then he asks "i'm sorry would like some?" The chick says "hell no dumbass I'm just waiting for the cops to get here." HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

Fathead was flying from LA to NYC on a commercial flight.A blonde was seated next to him. About 20 minutes after take-off, the pilot announced "One of the main engines has failed, but don't be alarmed. We still have 3 other engines. Our flight will take an extra hour." About 30 minutes later the pilot says "Another engine has failed. But, we still have 2 left. We will be delayed an additional 2 hours." Shortly the pilot says "Another engine has failed. The one engine we have left will get us there safely but it'll be another 4 hours." Right then the blonde taps fathead on the shoulder and says " I hope that last engine doesn't fail...we'll be up here for ever." BWA HA HA HA!!-fathead

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

A Rabbi, A priest, and fathead are on a big boat full of children when all of the sudden it starts to sink. The Rabbi says "Save the children first". Fathead replies "fuck the children!" The priest then says "Do you think you we have time?" HA HA HA!!!!-fathead

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

the jokes signed "fathead" are really funny, but the one signed "the real fathead" is pretty lame. think of somethin' better next time buddy.-the REAL fathead

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

Three mice are sitting in a bar. One of them is named fathead. The first mouse takes a shot and says, "Man I'm so tough when I steal the cheese from the trap I catch the bar and do twenty reps with it before taking the cheese and leaving." fathead takes a shot and says, "That ain't shit. Everyday I find a pile of d-con and grind it up, then I snort it like cocaine and walk around high the rest of the day." The last mouse takes a shot and gets off of his barstool and procedes towards the door. The other mice say, "Hey, where do you think you're going?" The third mouse says,"I ain't got time for this shit. I gotta go home and fuck the cat!" -fathead

Anonymous (December 5, 2001)

Fathead walks into a bar and says "i want a white russian." So they give him his drink and then he say"no i want a a white russian to do me up the ass."-the real fathead

Anonymous (December 5, 2001)

Fathead was at the swimming pool having a good time when a lifeguard came up to him and goes "I'm sorry fathead, but I'm going to have to report you for peeing in the pool." Fathead looks at him and says "but lifegaurd, everyone pees in the pool." The lifeguard responds "Well, maybe. But they don't do it from the diving board like you do fathead!" Ha! I crack myself up!-fathead

Anonymous (December 4, 2001)

good job.the only jokes i know are unexceptble for our younger readers. after all, i am a role model.-the real fathead

Anonymous (December 4, 2001)

This grasshopper named fathead walks into a bar. The bartender says, "We have a drink named after you." The grasshopper says, "You have a drink named fathead?" The bartender says, "No! We have a drink called a grasshopper, not fathead!" Get it?-fathead

Anonymous (December 3, 2001)

i hate that i have to do this ON MY OWN REVIEW, but if you're gonna sign MY NAME to shit, make it funny.- the real fathead

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

Hei FATHEAD!! Hvordan vil De som å å slikke et apekatts esel og da slikker en petry skål slik at bakteriene fra apekatten vokser og reproduserer inn i en kjempestor ekkel masse av form og fuzz? Jeg vedder De Ded som det. De syk fuck.

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

"Have you guys ever thought about how clever the Sesame Street character "The Count" was? He teaches kids to cout and he's named the count!!!! FUCKING GREAT!!! Good times. The only downside is that if anyone else wanted to relate vampires to counting everyone would say that they are copying Sesame Street. It really is a connection that should be made more often. Oh well"
...-fathead

you fathead are a smart kid. I dont think i have ever herd anything like that in my whole life.

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

Holey shit. I was at the Whisky show too. SM said it was the first time they had played down in Los Angeles in 2 years. What the hell? They put on one of the best shows I've ever scene. I'm glad they only played stuff off DBD, BH, and STR since s/t can't really get people moving. I don't care what anyone says, s/t was just a tad faster Weezer in my book and great. STR is awesome as well, go pick it up, see them live, then masterbate.

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

Holey shit. I was at the Whisky show too. SM said it was the first time they had played down in Los Angeles in 2 years. What the hell? They put on one of the best shows I've ever scene. I'm glad they only played stuff off DBD, BH, and STR since s/t can't really get people moving. I don't care what anyone says, s/t was just a tad faster Weezer in my book and great. STR is awesome as well, go pick it up, see them live, them masterbate.

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

Have you guys ever thought about how clever the Sesame Street character "The Count" was? He teaches kids to cout and he's named the count!!!! FUCKING GREAT!!! Good times. The only downside is that if anyone else wanted to relate vampires to counting everyone would say that they are copying Sesame Street. It really is a connection that should be made more often. Oh well...-fathead

imabigjerk (November 29, 2001)

"I believe punknews reported that (the drummer) left the band! WHAT???WHY???"

He probably heard what crap the last 2 albums was and left...I'd have done the same.

imabigjerk (November 29, 2001)

last good album this band ever did, or ever will do.

SMstealthisrecordshldrock (November 27, 2001)

hey I went to the Whisky show too, yep one of the best show ive been there. They played songs from the 1st, 2nd, and 4th album mostly. From the s/t they only played permanent holiday and that ska song sincerity. The crowd when wild and most people were singing along. I love this album a lot. THIS CD got me into the suicide machines back in 98 and got me more into the ska-punk stuff that was out there at the time. Defenitely a 10. I think i'm liking steal this record more and more everyday, from day one I knew I was gonna like it more everyday. This may be my fav. Suicide Machines album in a way. Hopefully they play next year a lot more than this year.

sXe_nick (November 27, 2001)

Suicide Machines at their very best. nuff said.

Anonymous (November 27, 2001)

uhh. the suicide machines have had a "new" drummer for their two latest albums. His name is Ryan V., he kicks ass, and he's in a few local bands here in Detroit, like Bottomed Out and Nipon. These bands are really cool, and Ryan V is certainly not the reason the SM's went a little poppy. Nipon is hardcore, and thats an understatement. Anyway, the SM's still kick major ass live anyway.

mrkenzington (November 27, 2001)

Excellent review. BH is definitely an incredible album and an extremely impressive follow up to DBD (I didn't think they could top that album, but they did). I think BH separates itself from most albums out there by the shear diversity that each track displays. Some tracks are pure punk, some make you want to skank while others like DDT put you in a hardcore frame of mind. While I agree that S/T was a bit of a dissappointment, I would have to say that I actually like STR a lot. I think STR is a natural progression for the band from DBD and BH and ideally should have been their 3rd alubm to be released. While I would have loved both S/T and STR to be duplicates of BH or DBD, it just isn't going to happen. At least STR is a good comprosise with the old Machines' and their newer sound. Who knows, maybe (hopefully there is one) their next album will in fact be as hard as BH. In any event, I still think they are a great band and one of the best live shows out there. Saw them a few weeks back at the Whiskey and they fucking tore the place apart. Hour and a half set and all the old Machines' songs you could ask for. Break the fucking glass.

Anonymous (November 27, 2001)

Steal this Record is not really a piece of shit. It has some decent songs... i dont know any of the names of the songs but number 8 is really good... number 2 and 4 are pretty good too.

Anonymous (November 27, 2001)

steal this record is a piece of shit. how can you even PRETEND to like that album. what the hell happened to these guys?

pat41 (November 26, 2001)

I think it is an ok thing to say that steal this record was better than the s/t record but you CAN also say that all the albums went downhill after battle hymns. I mean yea maybe downhill isnt that best saying for it since steal this record is a little uphill from s/t but still you cant catch people on technicalities like that.. does it really matter? Battle Hymns and DBD are classic albums s/t is pretty bad and steal this record is mediocre at best maybe the suicide machines are moving there way back up? I'm praying that they are because I miss the old SM.

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

Yes this album is rad. Yep who could forget the catchy guitar intro of the song "Someone". Who remembers the lyrics of "CONFUSED", "DDT", or "STRIKE". Or those catchy drums of that hardcore anthem "HATING HATE". Or those two hardcore-ska songs like "SIDES" and "WHAT YOU SAY". Don't forget those catchy songs "Black and WHite WOrld", "GIVE", and "STEP ONE". Well yes this is one of the radest punk album ever! But why is everyone capping on Steal this record, now thats also another cool Suicide record. Its like so mixed. Funny how you could find out when someone is being a hypocrite. 1."yes STEAL THIS RECORD is much better than the last one", 2."after BATTLE HYMNS the other 2 went downhill. Yep these two phrases were given from one person, or maybe like a lot of people.

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

Good call fathead. Great fucking album and the drummer is fucking amazing. I didnt know he left the band, god damn how much does that suck!! Maybe he left because they kind of suck now except for 3 or 4 songs off of steal this record.

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

This is a great album, and so is DBD. The new album "Steal this Record," isn't bad either. In fact, it is reminescent of these past two albums. And Derek quit A3 too.

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

DBD was much better, but this isn't half bad, your right, it all went downhill after this.

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

No question a great album, but I think Destruction by Definition was a better album. Too bad it's all downhill after this album, or is it?

Anonymous (November 26, 2001)

I love this album. Brilliant work. Best thing this band ever did, and most likely the best thing they ever will do.

-CG

sickboi (November 26, 2001)

Decent album but highly overrated. Derek is one of the best out there, and yes, sadly, he left. Which is why the s/t album sucked so bad. Derek is now A3's drummer.

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