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S.O.D.

One of the crucial links in the musical chain linking hardcore punk with speed metal, the Stormtroopers of Death -- known more commonly as S.O.D. -- were actually intended to be a one-off novelty side project, done as a lark during a gap in Anthrax's recording and touring schedule in 1985. Guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante were joined by former Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker (then in Nuclear Assault) plus Anthrax roadie Billy Milano on vocals; Ian and Milano had recorded a hyperspeed demo for the project under the name Crab Society North. The resulting album, Speak English or Die, was recorded in three days and released later that year, and it gained as much notoriety for its silly, sometimes racist and sexist humor as it did for its raw musical power. The group played a small number of concerts, after which the musicians returned to their full-time projects and Milano went on to form M.O.D.

S.O.D. had ostensibly been put on permanent hiatus, but a dedicated cult following grew around the record, as well as critical acclaim for the band's freewheeling melding of heavy guitar styles. Milano eventually spearheaded a full S.O.D. reunion in 1992, which produced the live album Live at Budokan (actually recorded in New York City), consisting mostly of Speak English or Die material mixed in with a few new covers. S.O.D. then broke up again, reconvening in 1997 for a few concerts; in 1999, they reunited once more and finally released an album of all-new studio material, titled Bigger Than the Devil. After a successful tour and a hilarious followup video/DVD (Kill Yourself: the Movie), the various members went their own ways. But when Anthrax's Behind the Music special appeared on VH1 in 2002, Milano took offense to not being included and began speaking poorly of Ian and Benante in the press. He claimed to have thought of the gimmick of wearing shorts in concert, as well as having riffs stolen for various Anthrax tracks. He even began saying that Ian had sabotaged his career by forcing him to do the second S.O.D. album when Ian was being investigated by the IRS. The Anthrax camp had no response, but Milano's press outbursts looked to have sealed the S.O.D. coffin for good, that is until the release of Rise of the Infidels in 2007, an "extended EP" (nearly an hour long) that featured four unreleased tracks, as well as a full concert recorded in Seattle. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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I like how they add in raining blood
Hearing this brings back some good times \m/
I love their song Fountains of girl s**t
S.O.D. Although a project band better than most bands that been together a decade.
Most intense concert I ever went to was SOD & Exodus. Hell of a pit !!!! Billy Milano For President !!!! Follow for a follow \m/
Fuk yeah!!! Trash metal rules!!!
Duck yes love them
Do a slamo of meth and do the Millano mosh!
Damn! Thats hard..
Best ever! I wore out my Speak English or Die tape and had buy a new one!
STILL KICKS A$$ !!!
Greatest opening track ever
Thraaaaaash !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
SOD f**kin rules !!!
Keep you comments comming f**kers , SOD will be coming back ... You know it!!!!!!!!!! !
nybo_9
Politically correct
first album rules!!
wwjudasdo
Carve a swastika into your head!....bru t a l
riverman172
Irishstar I'm soooo jealous!!! You'll never see that combo again. Rip wow!
perryman.bry c e 5 7
i love crossover!!! ! ! ! !
i saw S O D at the old ritz in NYC as a X-Mas show with wendy O and Motorhead in 86 i think it was
fist bangin mania!
At the risk of showing my age, I was at that reunion show in 92. It was a helluva good time! Morbid Angel & Agnostic front warmed everyone up and once SOD hit the stage, pure mayhem. When they busted into Raining Blood, the ENTIRE floor was a whirlpool of moshers. Ah, the good ol' days.
Anyone remember M.O.D.?
SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE! SHOULD BE AMERICAS NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM. www.natall.c o m
damn gotta go spank it now. f**kin love this s**t
I've never heard of this band.....loo k i n g at the cover of Bigger Than The Devil, it looks like they ripped off Iron Maiden.
Billy Milano is was and will always be one of the coolest people on the music scene
SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I love this s**t!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
one of the best metal bands to not even be a real band. bigger than the devil is even better than speak english or...thanx guys.
porturkin1
If you don't like SOD, just go throw yourself in a wood chipper! These guys thrash HARD and are pretty funny at the same time. Plus, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante = rhythm thrash gods! Simply stated.
Still love it 25 years later
a rip off of Korn? wow are you bass ackwards...
SOD - Still making me smile after all these years.

My skateboardin g days in the mid 80's would have been gray without them (and Anthrax and all of the rest).
THE MARCH OF THE SOD B**CHES! Yeah, man, I remember picking the Speak English album up when it was BRAND spankers... yeah, it still kills. C'mon now, Erin, without Scotty on Anthrax's crew we'd not of had such glorious gems as the Anthrax covers of Discharge on the Killa Bees, who btw none of the young uns would know jack about if not for the 'thrax, and how 'bout some EFFIN PE, people?! I'm thinkin' @ takin a midnight ride just to listen to the It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back al
Speak English or Die really shows what a waste Scott Ian was in a semi-cheese metal band like Anthrax. This stuff is light years ahead of anything Anthrax ever did.

They need to get USA for MOD on here too.
vagina!
Hey Gorby give a shot. Bleeargh.
woot f**k the middle east !!
Ballad of Jimmi Hendrix... best 5 second song ever!
What ever you do... Don't feed the bears!!

Where is Billy Malono? Bring back SOD! March!
Some of the songs on Speak English were sophomoric, but it was still a great album.
No Malevolent Hate,
SOD = Stormtrooper s of Death.
SOD = watch out now you 'Border Jumpers' = Speak English or Die!!!
Then the winner would have to fight trogdor!
I think Sgt. D would beat the s**t out of Vic. I don't know who would win the next battle... The winner of that should have to fight GWAR! Lol
mooomoo007: wat the hell is your problem? u r way too annoying and by the way, good luck in the 9th circle of hell!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
How was I being a douche billy? I really don't understand. I was stating that they are missing an album. I wasn't trying to being a dick I was just stating something.
"who would win in a fight Vic Or Sargent D. and the winner would fight Eddie?"
I really don't have a clue how I was being a douche asking that. That was just a friendly question. just wanted to see what people would say. I would like to know what I did that was so bad that it pissed you off enough to call me a douche bag.
jaderbug1967
Quit being a douche Billy
there missing one album from these guys.


who would win in a fight Vic Or Sargent D. and the winner would fight Eddie
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