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Album Review

S.O.D.'s Speak English or Die was an important record in the fusion of hardcore punk with thrash and speed metal, making even more explicit the connections that Anthrax's music implied. The tone of the music is crushingly loud, fast, and aggressive, but not at all serious — the record is filled with goofy, macho humor, some of which holds up well (i.e., the three-second "Anti-Procrastination Song," an ode to "Milk") and some of which is quite racist and sexist. However, the music blasts by at such a frenetic pace (22 tracks in under half an hour) that the more offensive lyrics are often incomprehensible, so some may find them easier to ignore. Still, it's the loud-fast-rules music that made an impact, and mosh fans will quickly understand why.

Customer Reviews

SOD dominates

This is one one of those albums you should play for your kids as they come into there own.... They should watch the Godfather, read the Lord of the Rings, then listen to Speak English or Die..... Alas.... It seems like they listen to lady gaga, read Harry potter, then watch, American Idol... Makes me want to Vomit...

A classic that few know

Gotta love this. I remember how long it took to get my hands on the vinyl for this back in the 80's in small town NM. Now, $10 and a few clicks and I have it again, sometimes technology is great. Pretty funny though, who's gonna pay 99 cents for all 5 seconds of Diamonds and Rust??!?


Pure Genius consideering it was written and recording in 3 days


Formed: 1985

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the crucial links in the musical chain linking hardcore punk with speed metal, the Stormtroopers of Death — known more commonly as S.O.D. — were actually intended to be a one-off novelty 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 a hyperspeed...
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