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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Scott Batiste of Saviours

Andrew Moran

Although they formed in 2004, Saviours dish out the kind of songs that wouldn’t sound out of place in a mid-’70s biker flick. The Oakland-based combo’s four studio albums are packed with one sleazy guitar riff after the other. Their latest record, the just-released ‘Death’s Procession,’ is their finest moment yet, with killer tracks like ‘Fire of Old’ and ‘Walk to the Light.’ Fans of Thin Lizzy and Budgie need to check it out. Since they obviously have fine taste in music, Noisecreep asked Saviours drummer Scott Batiste to list the five albums that changed his life.

‘Master of Reality’
Black Sabbath (1971)

“I got their first album, ‘Master of Reality,’ and ‘Vol. 4,’ LPs from my stepdad in 7th grade. ‘Master of Reality’ is the first one I gravitated to. I played it over and over again. From the massive swinging stomp of ‘Children of the Grave’ to ‘Sweet Leaf’ to ‘The Sinister Solitude, it’s a flawless record that shaped my vision of songwriting, performance, tone and production.”

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‘Women and Children First’
Van Halen (1980)

“This album explodes with high energy, swagger and a bad a– attitude. I got this on cassette in 5th grade. I thought the songs were about really weird stuff because I didn’t quite get all the innuendos and double entendres yet. Once I did I only loved it more. Also I think ‘Everybody Wants Some’ subliminally made a me sucker for women in high heels for life.”

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‘Haunting the Chapel’
Slayer (1984)

“Slayer is the best metal band to ever walk the earth — period. Hungry, frantic, great songs — what more can I say? My cassette had the entire album repeated on both sides and I played it to death. The intro to ‘Chemical Warfare’ sounds like termites boring their way to the center of hell. I was sold immediately.”

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‘Back in Black’
AC/DC (1980)

“This is the first album that I learned on bass from start to finish. It’s also an integral part on how I went on to perceive and create music. I don’t think ‘Back in Black’ needs any further explanation.”

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‘…And Justice for All’
Metallica (1988)

“You can’t deny the influence of this one. From Kirk Hammett’s majestic guitar harmonies and solos and James Hetfield’s lightning rhythm chops, to the dark anger smothering through the entire thing, I jammed ‘Justice’ for all of sixth grade. I think it was actually produced for listening on boomboxes only – the modern digital master doesn’t do it justice.”

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