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Sunday Old School: Method Of Destruction

Heavy metal contains some worldwide rock stars, from Ozzy Osbourne to Metallica. But in addition to the famous names, metal also has a large number of underground icons and cult favourites. One of these beloved people in this category is a man named Billy Milano, who’s known for his large presence and sometimes hilarious lyrics, two things he brought with him when he formed Method Of Destruction in 1986. Method Of Destruction, (or M.O.D. as they are often referred to,) was started by Milano after Stormtroopers Of Death (S.O.D.,) a thrash metal supergroup for which he was the vocalist, placed themselves on hiatus.

In 1987, the band recorded and released their debut album, "U.S.A. For M.O.D.," the title of which was a play on the planned Stormtroopers of Death album, "U.S.A. For S.O.D." It was co-produced by Anthrax guitarist (and Milano's S.O.D. bandmate,) Scott Ian and continued on from where the previous group left off, spouting tongue in cheek diatribes mostly written from the point of view of their mascot, Corporal Punishment.

The album was a critical success and was also well received by thrash metal fans, pleased that Milano would still be entertaining fans after S.O.D. It was followed a year later by the somewhat bizarre EP, "Surfin’ M.O.D.," which toned down the thrash metal style people expected and centred around the beach party vibes created by bands such as the Beach Boys, whose song, "Surfin’ U.S.A.," M.O.D. covered on the record, in addition to covering songs by Chicago and the Isley Brothers.

Crossover thrash returned to the group’s sound on their sophomore full length, "Gross Misconduct," which was nevertheless deemed more accessible and less controversial than previous releases. It also spawned their first music video for the song, "True Colours," which began with a dig at Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash, namely having a lookalike of the guitar hero pushed aside by Milano.

After three years, the group released their third album, and first as a trio, "Rhythm of Fear," which also saw M.O.D. begin to move in a more serious direction, as well as the return of guitarist, Tim McMurtrie, who came back after Tim Mallare left to join Overkill. The record was not particularly well received however, with some fans accusing the group of jumping on board the emerging "tough guy" hardcore style. Critics were not much warmer to the following albums, "Devolution" and "Dictated Aggression," which were separated by the release of their first compilation album, "Loved by Thousands, Hated by Millions." A year after the release of, "Dictated Aggression," the band decided to call it a day and Milano once again teamed up with Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth bassist, Danny Lilker for a second S.O.D. album, "Bigger than the Devil."

Four years on from their dissolution however, M.O.D. returned with a new lineup and released their sixth album, "The Rebel You Love to Hate." It was seen as something of a return to form for the band, not least owing to the return of Milano’s humourous lyrics. After another four year period of silence, M.O.D. released another album, "Red, White and Screwed" and once again was laid to rest shortly after. Last year, Milano brought back M.O.D. once again for a 25th anniversary tour, though he was still the only original member remaining. They are currently working on a new studio album, though it is currently unknown when it will be released, fans will surely be hoping for some more old school crossover thrash, laden with the humour which makes Billy Milano one of the favourite names in the thrash metal world.

M.O.D. - "Spandex Enormity"

M.O.D. - "True Colors"

M.O.D. - "Get Up and Dance"

M.O.D. - "Devolution"

M.O.D. - "Silence Your Sin"

M.O.D. - "Wigga"

M.O.D. - "Red, White and Screwed"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. Carlos Santos writes:

Billy Milano always fell into the 'controversial' category. But it was all about sarcasm, not irony. I liked the music and what they seemed to want to achieve.

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2. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

These guys are hilarious.

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