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R-814640-1361923046-6458.jpegWhen I think of Crossover Thrash which is the combination of Thrash Metal and Hardcore mixed into one, the Stormtroopers Of Death (often stylized as S.O.D.) immediately comes to mind. They were a bad ass band that contained two members of Anthrax in Scott Ian (Guitar) and Charlie Benante (Drums) and mixed it with a former member of Anthrax in Dan Lilker (Bass), and then you throw in Billy Milano (Vocals) and you have S.O.D. which formed in 1985. After Anthrax had finished recording Spreading The Disease, Scott realized that they still had plenty of studio time left so they used the one week to record their first album Speak English or Die which was officially released on August 30, 1985. The album was very influential on the scene and I guarantee that most people don’t know that three of the songs were used for MTV’s Headbangers Ball for a little while. Al Jourgensen of Ministry has claimed that this album was the reason he had thrash guitars into his music and saying that it was, “one of the best records ever.” Revolver Magazine included the album in their 14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own list and it has been re-released twice by Megaforce Records and it has sold one million records worldwide.

71oEROBDjsL._SL1050_1. March Of The S.O.D.- a bad ass opening track with a monstrous hammering opening riff and it’s the perfect instrumental intro to the next track 5/5

2. Sargent D and the S.O.D.-a bass heavy track that kicks your ass as soon as it launches in this track about Sargent D who is not a guy to mess with cause he’ll kick your ass. 5/5

3. Kill Yourself– One thing to remember is not to take the lyrics too seriously, but the track is them telling someone they hate to kill themselves. The lyrics are very literal. 4.5/5

4. Milano Mosh-Another personal favorite of mine on the record and it’s Billy’s song challenging anyone in the moshpits. 5/5

5. Speak English Or Die– Imagine if this song was played today, the backlash these guys would receive would be insane. What do you think the lyrics are about? 5/5

6. United Forces– a cool track that is an anthem of sorts for Crossover Thrash where they are trying to unite both sides to create one bad ass side. 5/5

7. Chromatic Death– this might as well be an instrumental because the music is in your face, lightning fast, and they just say Chromatic Death twice. 4.5/5

8. Pi Alpha Nu– All about partying with a fraternity and the craziness that is involved. 4/5

9. Anti-Procrastination Song– a six second song where he screams out the title of the song followed by a quick riff. 4/5

10. What’s That Noise?-a funny track where they are playing a riff and it sounds like Billy is getting pissed over some noise that he keeps hearing on his headphones. 4/5

11. Freddy Krueger– a track about you know who considering the film was released a year earlier and it describes some of the scenes in the film. 5/5

003f154312. Milk– a cool bass riff by Lilker opens the song in where the narrator is very pissed off because he has no milk to pour into his cereal. 5/5

13. Pre-Menstrual Princess Blues– a track that is sure to piss off any feminist out there about a woman who doesn’t have her maxi pads and complains about how easy men have it. I love the bass heavy riff to this one, reminds me of the opening track. 5/5

14. Pussy Whipped-a great opening riff before the band goes 100 MPH about guys who are too afraid to say no to their loved ones. 4.5/5

15. Fist Banging Mania– This one’s an anthem for the fans that show up to every show and are right in the front row ready to get crazy with the band. 5/5

16. No Turning Back– every album is not complete with the post-apolcayptic track of the 80’s on it and here is S.O.D.’s right here. 4/5

17. Fuck The Middle East– Like I said, do not take their lyrics too seriously because with this one, it may seem like they are racist with their erase the middle east message in this one. 4.5/5

18. Douche Crew– a song where Billy is calling out all the posers who think they can do what S.O.D. does. 4/5

19. Hey Gordy– a six second track of someone saying Hey Gordy give me a shot. 4/5

20. Ballad Of Jimi Hendrix– five seconds of a Jimi Hendrix styled song with it saying he’s dead at the end. 4/5

21. Diamonds And Rust (Extended Version)– a two second track of them saying Diamonds And Rust. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– An unbelievable album that helped jump start a sub-genre of Thrash Metal that would influence other great bands like Municipal Waste, etc. March Of The S.O.D., Sargent D And The S.O.D., and Freddy Krueger are still my favorite tracks. My least favorites are the last three tracks. I am going to give the album 4.5, stars out of five for a final grade.

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amongthelivingThis is one of those albums that I wish I covered in the first 100 of these albums of the week, but as I have stated before here’s to the next 100. The next album I am covering comes from one of the members of The Big Four of Thrash Metal in Anthrax and there is a significance to it besides the fact that it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Among The Living came out in March of 1987 and it was one of the albums to complete the stellar line up of albums that were released by what people would eventually coin The Big Four. It’s the album that really put the band which was made up of Joey Belladonna (Vocals), Scott Ian (Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), Dan Spitz (Guitar), and Charlie Benante (Drums) on the map in the metal world. The album was produced by legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton) and it was recorded both in the Bahamas (it did the trick for AC/DC) and in Florida. The album cover has Rev. Henry Kane from The Poltergeist films on it which is what Benante claims was the inspiration. The album itself peaked at number 62 on The Billboard Top 200 which was a big deal then and it still is today if a metal band cracks the 100 mark.

Anthrax_1987_Among the living_21. Among The Living– This is one of the most famous tracks that starts off with a very dark and eerie riff that makes you feel like you are entering the depths of hell. The song’s lyrics deal with the character Randall Flagg from Stephen King’s The Stand. 5/5

2. Caught In A Mosh– The ultimate mosh anthem with the hard charging bass line that is in your face. This is still one of my favorite Anthrax songs to hear live. 5/5

3. I Am The Law– This sledgehammer like riff attack is the band’s ode to their favorite comic book character in Judge Dredd. This was also one of the final songs credited to old bassist Danny Lilker. 4/5

4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)– or Nise Fukin Life’s lyrics deal with the life and death of Jon Belushi. I love’s the band ability to go superfast and then get melodic out of nowhere which is evident in this track. 4/5

5. A Skeleton in the Closet– The band must have been obsessed with Stephen King because this track’s lyrical content deals with the Stephen King novella Apt. Pupil. This track is more of the in your face thrash metal that Anthrax was known for. 4/5

indians6. Indians– This is another one of those tracks that was just absolutely huge for the band as it’s named as one of their most famous tracks. It’s starts with it’s stereotypical Indians War Dance music in a track that get’s social conscious about the mistreatment of the Native Americans. 5/5

7. One World– This is one of my favorite less famous tracks on the record with that bass line that is punchy and in your face with amazing guitar playing from Ian and Spitz before they kick into a new riff that will melt your face off. 4/5

8. A.D.I./Horror of It All– Apparently, the A.D.I. in the title stands for either Arabian Douche Intro or Arabian Douchebag Inro. The song starts off with some clean acoustic guitar playing that is eerie and dark before it absolutely rips into some sledgehammer like metal madness. 4/5

9. Imitation of Life– This is a remake of Scott Ian’s other band S.O.D.’s (Stormtroopers Of Death)’s track Aren’t You Hungry? 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of my favorite Anthrax records and one that proves that Joey Belladonna was the right singer for the job and always will be. Every track on the record is phenomenal and to let all of you know the album was dedicated to the memory of Cliff Burton which I forgot to mention in the beginning. If you want to get to know The Big Four, this is definitely an album to start with. Ca you imagine getting Master Of Puppets (Metallica), Reign In Blood (Slayer), Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (Megadeth), and this album all in a one year period. Oh my lord! I am giving this record 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.