Posts Tagged ‘Spreading The Disease’

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.

File:Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime cover.jpgSince I had already reviewed Queensrÿche’s new album with Todd La Torre, I figured I would choose one of my all time favorite Queensrÿche albums entitled Operation: Mindcrime. This album featured Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, and Scott Rockenfield. It was the progressive metal band’s third release that came out on May 3, 1988 and it was a concept record and a rock opera. The best description of the story is as follows, “its story following a recovering drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders.” The album was a success and has only been performed in it’s entirety on two tours (Empire 90 and Mindcrime II 2006) and I Don’t Believe In Love was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal performance.

a2The album starts off with two intros in Remember Now and Anarchy X. I Remember Now starts off in the hospital where the nurse administers a shot to a patient. Then we hear, “I remember now, I remember how it started. I can’t remember yesterday, I just remember doing what they told me.” as it fades into the metal cadence of Anarchy X where you get some audio of protests. Revolution Calling is one of the best songs on the record and it’s very political in it’s lyrics. The lyrics basically describe how pissed he is at the system and how it let’s us down. It features some of the best guitar playing I have ever heard from the band. The title track on the album starts off with the phone ringing and the opening riff to the song starts. He hangs up the phone and it rings again, this time we can’t escape the riff. The opening riff has a wicked bass line from Jackson and the solo in this song is phenomenal  The lyrics are about how Dr. X uses the word Mindcrime to make Nikki do his dirty work. Speak is the next track on the record and it opens with some killer guitar work before it calms down. The riff has this intense build up like something big is about to happen. Spreading The Disease is one of my favorite songs that talks about the origins of Sister Mary with a riff that has hard rock swagger with razor sharp riffs. One of my favorite parts comes later in the track where everything stops, but the drums. All you can hear is Geoff saying, “Religion and sex are powerplays, Manipulate the people for the money they pay. Selling skin, selling god, the numbers look the same on their credit cards. Politicians say no to drugs, While we pay for wars in south america.” Meanwhile while this is happening you get some clean guitars before it explodes back with Geoff’s amazing vocal range. The Mission starts with our main character loading a gun while a evangelist preaches about God. We hear our main character ask God for forgiveness before he shoots his gun. The song opens with some haunting guitars mixed with an occasional bass thump. Then before you know they explode right into the track like a bullet from a gun. The harmonizing the band utilizes through multi tracking is amazing, it gives a great effect for the listener. Suite

File:Queensryche - I Don't Believe In Love cover.jpgSuite Sister Mary is a ten minute opus by the band that starts with Dr. X’s instructions for Nicki to kill Sister Mary. Then you get some omen type stuff while the clean guitars are playing before the guitars come in like thunder. While Geoff sings you get instances of Sister Mary (Pamela Moore) talking to Nicki. The song is epic in where it has climatic parts with Pamela laying some vocals down as well. The Needle Lies contains some of that old school Queensryche from the first EP that’s razor fast and pretty kick ass. Electric Requiem is an intro track that leads right into Breaking The Silence. Breaking The Silence is an amazing track that sort of foreshadows where the band will eventually go with Empire when it comes to their sound. I Don’t Believe In Love is another of my favorite tracks on the record that is just a straight up rock classic that is played in D Minor. Waiting For 22 and My Empty Room are intros that will lead into one of the best tracks on the whole album Eyes Of A Stranger. It’s got that iconic bass riff that starts the track off before DeGarmo and Wilton kick into heavy metal overdrive. The track was recorded in  E minor, with a short interlude in F# minor near the beginning of the track. and it also summarizes the whole story in a nutshell. What else can be said about the album other than the fact that it’s iconic. I give the album 5 stars out of five.