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Sunday Old School: Stormtroopers Of Death

New York undoubtedly created some of the best hardcore music of all time, producing such bands as Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law and Sick Of It All. Not only that, it also birthed some of the best bands in thrash metal, such as Nuclear Assault and Toxik, so it was inevitable that the two extreme genres would eventually meet. The band that became known for eventully bringing these two genres together would be the sometimes hilarious, always controversial, Stormtroopers Of Death. The nucleus of the band began when Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian befriended hardcore punk fan Billy Milano at one of the legendary CBGB matinees, before Ian deided to create his own hardcore band centred around a character he created named, "Sargent D." Ian asked Milano to be the group's frontman, and completed the lineup by recruiting Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, along with Nuclear Assault bassist Danny Lilker (who had also spent some time in Anthrax.) They were able to grab the attention of Johnny Zazula's Megaforce Records with their demo, "Crab Society North," which featured no less than sixty three songs. They quickly signed to Megaforce and recorded and mixed their debut album in just three days. The album, "Speak English Or Die" attracted some controversy due to it's title and politically incorrect, though tongue in cheek lyrics, which Lilker admitted were written with the sole intention of offending people. Nonetheless, the record has gone down as one of the true classics of thrash metal, as well as a blueprint of crossover thrash and earned plenty of good reviews, as well as a spot opening for Motorhead at the time.

Although a second S.O.D. album entitled, "U.S.A. For S.O.D." was planned, it never materialised and the members returned to their respetive bands, while singer Billy Milano formed a new group called Method Of Destruction, whose debut album, "U.S.A. For M.O.D." featured many lyrics written by Scott Ian. Even while the members were busy with Anthrax, Nuclear Assault and M.O.D., the band still retained a cult following and eventually reunited for a one off show at The Ritz in New York in 1992, which was released as the live album, "Live At Budokan." The live album featured not only their own material, but also covers from such a diverse range of artists as Nirvana, Ministry and Fear, along with performing the Method Of Destruction song, "Get A Real Job." Five years later, the band reunited once more, which resulted in their first European show taking place at Germany's With Full Force festival. Not only did the band perform again, but they released a new studio album in 1999 entitled, "Bigger Than The Devil." Again, the album contained many songs with humourous lyrics, that ranged from parodying other bands like Slayer, ("Seasons Of The Obese") and Celtic Frost ("Celtic Frosted Flakes,") to downright silliness ("Monkeys Rule," "King At The King," "Frankenstein and His Horse.") The album received mostly positive feedback and the band toured all over the world to support it's release, resulting in the live DVD, "Speak English Or Live."

Following the release of another DVD entitled, "Kill Yourself: The Movie!," the band broke up after reported disagreements between Scott Ian and Billy Milano. A posthumous album named, "Rise Of The Infidels" was finally released in 2007, which was described as an "extended E.P." and featured previously recorded material, including covers of Agnostic Front and Negative Approach, as well as live recordings and many of their "Ballads" (which were merely small parts of songs by a famous, deceased musician with the phrase "You're dead!" thrown in.) Despite the positive reviews the E.P. garnered, Milano has stated that the record is "the last of S.O.D." and that fans shouldn't expect a reunion to happen. Today, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante are still in Anthrax, Billy Milano continued Method Of Destruction until it's final show in 2008 and Danny Lilker performs with several bands, including Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth. S.O.D.'s influence on heavy music can still be heard today, with many big names of modern metal and hardcore citing them as an influence, including Corey Taylor of Slipknot/ Stone Sour and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Kingdom Of Sorrow.

Stormtroopers Of Death - Pussy Whipped

Stormtroopers Of Death - Celtic Frosted Flakes

Stormtroopers Of Death - Ballds Of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Tupac

Stormtroopers Of Death - Speak English Or Die

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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. Nekromaniac writes:

I still remember when I first heard the riff of 'Sargent D'. Fell in love with the band.

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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

The best thrash-core band ever!!

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3. Ken B writes:

When I heard S.O.D. I knew I had to hook up with Billy and do a project...M.O.D.
S.O.D. is one of the bands I feel influenced the NYHC scene to come together.

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4. KMADD writes:

It doesn't matter what you wear, its what inside your head! United Forces=one of the best thrash/punk songs of all time.

# Sep 26, 2010 @ 4:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. quietus writes:

One of my favorite MOSH METAL bands from the 80's. You know, you can't really classify S.O.D. as thrash metal. They kinda started the whole Mosh metal scene. Theres more in that genre out there, you just have to find them.

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6. Diamond Oz writes:

I personally class them as Crossover thrash. I've never once heard the term Mosh Metal.

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7. hellrat writes:

ya oz, i don't know what the hell that dude is talking about either

but then he probably knows all about it eh?

hell, there's prolly even 'mosh-core', 'mosh-over', 'norsk svart mosh', 'extreme death mosh', and all sort of even more obscure subgenres in this elusive Mosh Metal scene

fvckin radical man

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8. Cynic writes:

Brutal norwegian slam mosh-over, that's all I listen to these days.

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9. zMETALlica writes:

two fav songs are f*** the middle east and speak english or die...

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10. gripper writes:

it doesn't get any better than The ballad of Jimi Hendrix
kinda like the mosh metal tag

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11. TheProkrastinator writes:

hey ozz, whatever happened to celtic frost?

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12. Diamond Oz writes:

They guest starred in A Touch Of Frost.

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