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SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE
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Speak English or Die (30th Anniversary Edition) [Explicit]
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One of the crucial links in the musical chain linking hardcore punk with speed metal, theStormtroopers of Death - known more commonly as S.O.D. - were actually intended to be a one-offnovelty 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 ahyperspeed 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 rawmusical power. The group played a small number of concerts, after which the musicians returned totheir 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
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To be clear, I love this album. I grew up in the early 80's when metal was transforming into thrash. So much happened in such a short amount of time, when I look back on it. A function of everyone being young and hungry I suppose. At any rate, I don't need to describe how heavy Scott's guitar tone is, or how polarizing Billy is...you know that.
I was looking forward to this reissue but unfortunately, it's NO DIFFERENT that the "2000 Silver Edition" (or whatever it was). The track listing is identical...except the "Crab Society Demos" which are in fact, unlistenable due to the poor quality.
The songs "Go" and "Identity" sound suspiciously like they were recorded closer to when they made "Bigger Than The Devil" (listen to Billy's voice), so not sure why they wound up on this re-release? The live songs are the same as well.
Stupidest of all - the inside band pics are the same as the 2000 edition, AFTER they had reunited (i.e. - Scott is bald, Billy w/ goatee, etc.) The original pics from 1985 are there, but they're tiny, you can hardly see them.
Maybe it sounds like I'm quibbling about trivial details...after all, it's the music that matters right? But so much more care and thought could have been put into this. A disappointing re-release.
Does it hold up? From the opening track of ominous riffs to the last thrashfest I felt my adrenaline rush and the appreciation for their singular creativity soar.
How as it aged? Like a fine wine, whose sole purpose is to get you drunk on the sheer energy of it's epic groove. It is dated, sure, but in the sense that no one does this *like this* anymore today. This is a time capsule from an unrivaled era. The combination of Billy Milanos vocals, Charlie Benantes speed and staccato drums, Dan Lilkers rumbling bass, and last but absolutely not least, Scott "Not" Ians signature crunch on the guitar. These are songs that will forever be anthemic in the hearts of those who grew up on them, and they still inspire to this day.
The vinyl aspect only adds edge and depth to the sound of the music. I am not an audiophile, but I do recognize a more hearty and throaty bass tone and some "nuance" if the word can be applied to thrash... The only thing I don't love about it is the need to flip the record, and that is what we call a first world problem. After listening to this record only on cd or mp3 in the last 20 years, this is a great swift kick in the nuts.
If I had to sum up this record in 3 words or less, I would say "Diamonds and Rust"
March of the s.o.d. speak English or die and the Milano mosh just some of the in your face kick as metal on this disc highly recommended.