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.
Cat No: MEGA2000
Packaging: CD Regular
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