S.O.D. – “Speak English or Die” Live in New York 1992

S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death) is an American crossover thrash band from New York formed in 1985. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian decided to form a hardcore band based on Sargent D, a comic character painted by Scott, with his band mate Charlie Benante on drums, ex-Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth) on bass and Psychos bassist Billy Milano on vocals. Their debut album “Speak English Or Die” was recorded and mixed over three days, released by Megaforce records in August 1985. This album has since been considered the landmark album that was among the first to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal. After touring for this album, the members went on each musical carriers, so the band was split out.

This memorable live footage of S.O.D. is taken from their live video “Live at Budokan” (VHS, Megaforce, 1992), which is also released as audio material. S.O.D. reformed for a one-off gig at The Ritz on 21 March, 1992 in New York City alongside Agnostic Front and Morbid Angel, which was recorded and released as this album, although its title refers to Budokan, the Japanese most famous concert hall.

Vocalist Billy Milano described about S.O.D. that “This is the deal, this is what crossover, hardcore and speedmetal is making one unified scene, this is History, this is peace!”

S.O.D. released two more studio albums, “Bigger Than the Devil” (Nuclear Blast, 1999) and “Rise Of The Infidels” (Megaforce, 2007), whenever they reformed.

Lineup

  • Scott Ian – Guitars (Anthrax)
  • Dan Lilker – Bass (Brutal Truth)
  • Charlie Benante – Drums (Anthrax)
  • Billy Milano – Vocals (M.O.D.)

Setlist of Fullshow

  1. “Intro”
  2. “March of the SOD”
  3. “Sargent D and the SOD”
  4. “Kill Yourself”
  5. “Momo”
  6. “Pi Alpha Nu”
  7. “Milano Mosh”
  8. “Speak English or Die”
  9. “Chromatic Death”
  10. “Fist Banging Mania”
  11. “The Camel Boy”
  12. “No Turning Back”
  13. “Milk”
  14. “Vitality”
  15. “Fuck the Middle East”
  16. “Douche Crew”
  17. “Get a Real Job” (M.O.D.)
  18. “The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”
  19. “Livin’ in the City” (Fear)
  20. “Pussy Whipped”
  21. “Stigmata” (Jourgensen)
  22. “Thieves” (Ministry)
  23. “Freddy Krueger”
  24. “Territorial Pissings” (Cobain)
  25. “United Forces”

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