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The pionners of speed laughing thrash - 75%

skolnick, January 19th, 2003

This is the one and only big classic in S.O.D´s long short lived carrer and marked the first time Sargent D came to terrorize the thrash world.... These freaks that got together in 85 and hanged out for about seven gigs after the recording of this gem (and eventually regrouped fourteen years later, but that´s another story...) are Scott Ian and Charlie Benante from thrashers Anthrax, Billy Milano from M.O.D and Dan Lilker from Nuclear Assault, the true pionners of the "Speed laughing thrash" style...

These fellas really assured the quality of this album that´s kind of a "more thrashy and fueled up Anthrax", and they just make me laugh myself off everytime i listen to those lyrics...
It has three particular sections that can be divided by the following: The "Bang my head off until it hurts" section, the " Laughing ´till fall on the floor" section and the "Anthrax´s lost riffage and forget about it" section...

The first three songs of this album are part of the first section and are some good speed/thrash classics, starting with the dark and really heavy " March of the S.O.D" going through their anthem, "Sargent D and the S.O.D" and advancing to a anti- suicide song properly entitled "Kill Yourself"...

The parade continues with the mosh hymn "Milano Mosh", being followed by the most anti-immigrant song i´ve ever heard, "Speak English or Die" and next by the 40 sec brutal "Chromatic Death" Instrumental.

After "United Forces" and " Pi Alpha Nu" comes a drunken recording session where Billy freaks out completely with the band´s producer Alex Perialas while being constantly mocked by the other band members that just won´t start the fuckin' song...

Then, with the exception of "Milk" and "Pre Menstrual Princess Blues" the album enters in the "...forget about it" section with some preety boring numbers like "Pussy Whipped", Fist Banging Mania" or "Fuck the Middle East", that altough not being some bad numbers just don´t catch the feeling of the first songs and we start to think that from this point the album is in downhill, but...

Finally comes the "Laughing 'till fall on the floor" section with one of the longest ballads i´ve ever heard a thrash band playin'. "The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix" starts off with the introduction of Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and finishes with a killer "YOU´RE DEAD" before the song even gets started, being followed by their amazing 2 sec version of Priest's classic "Diamonds and Rust"...Just heavy fuckin' hilarious...

This is a good album, and i think that every speed/thrash maniacs could eventually try to grab this album but, although being very heavy and somewhat funny, those middle section songs just don´t make it enough to consider this an "essential" record. Anthrax fans are the ones that definetively should own this one.