Aka Stormtroopers Of Death, this band initially came into existence as a one-off side project for Anthrax musicians Scott Ian (b. Scott Rosenfeld, 31 December 1963, Queens, New York City, New York, USA; guitar) and Charlie Benante (b. 26 November 1962, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA; drums). Taking time out during the recording of Anthrax’s Spreading The Disease in 1985, they asked Nuclear Assault bass player Dan Lilker (b. 18 October 1964, USA, originally a member of Anthrax) and roadie Billy Milano (vocals, ex-Psychos) to join them, to make use of three days’ free studio time. The result was Speak English Or Die, a manic fusion of thrash metal and hardcore styles that had both humour and considerable crossover appeal. Milano went on to form M.O.D. , using exactly the same musical blueprint (indeed, some of Scott Ian’s S.O.D. lyrics would be re-used in this project). Live At Budokan documents the band’s seventh-year reunion concert. Sporadic reunions have continued to occur over recent years, the most concrete one resulting in 1999’s Bigger Than The Devil.
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