Ian Mackaye and Guy Piccioto have gained iconic status in underground music due to their ability to transcend their influences. Raw, discordant and technical, Fugazi's sound seems too serious and straight-edge to be appreciated, but their energy is unparalleled in tracks like 'Full Disclosure' and 'Epic Problem' where intros prepare you for an abrasive hardcore onslaught which puts Cobain's 'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter' to shame.
The track that stands out is 'Life is Limb' with its teasingly soft fretting and a dulled vocal display from Piccioto. Comparing Fugazi to Mackaye's Minor Threat is interesting because it seems he is shying from the authoritative punk style, now developing subtler alternative leanings. While Fugazi may rarely gain a slot on mainstream radio stations, their musical philosophy is an inspiration for up-and-coming bands and this album along with '13 Songs' and 'Repeater' in top 10 lists for decades to come.