Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die


4.5
superb

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by The Writer Ov This Review USER (49 Reviews)
December 17th, 2009 | 352 replies | 17,903 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: CAN YOU DO THE MILANO MOSH?!?!?

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

Stormtroopers of Death (AKA S.O.D.) are a crossover band that was originally developed as a side project by Scott Ian of Anthrax who wanted to play around with a more crossover sound. They released one of the funnest crossover records ever in 1985 titled "Speak English Or Die", it is also regarded as one of the first.

If there is one thing that is well known about S.O.D. it is their politically incorrect lyrical themes, hence the title of the album for instance "Speak English Or Die". The lyrics on the album aren't meant to be taken seriously, and for the most part they are pretty funny. Former Anthrax roadie Milano belts them out with a ferocious amount of confidence. His voice is great for the style of music played throughout the record, it has a very rough quality.

In the course of the record they never stray too far away from the crossover sound, but with how fun the music plays out to be it is very hard to get bored during the fairly short running time of the album. Speak English Or Die contains some excellent, heavy riffs, and during this riff-fest the bassist Dan Lilker has his fair time to shine as well. The bass being audible gives this album a great groove to headbang to and thickens the sound a great deal. The majority of the songs on the album are extremely catchy, a very good example of this would be "Milano Mosh". On paper the lyrics seem like they wouldn't come off as catchy but the tone in Milano's mega, manly voice can make nearly anything catchy. The riffs also play a large part in the catchiness of the record.

One of the only complaints I have about the album is the fact that most of the songs are barely over or under a minute. It seems like just when each song is falling into a groove it switches to the next, this can get a little frustrating. Even with this problem Speak English Or Die still has great replay value from beginning to end. "Freddy Krueger" has the longest playtime on the album coming in at 2:32. The song consists of some very catchy riffing, but is one of the weaker songs on the album.

The shorter songs are best to be looked at as skits, when they begin to play prepare to laugh. "The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix" is hilarious, the guitarist plays the first three seconds of "Purple Haze" then Milano just yells "You're dead" with such a tone that words cannot describe.

While the short songs are funny the record as a whole can still be appreciated as music. It doesn't play out as just a joke record that one would forget about after a few listens, S.O.D. will have you coming back for more; Whether it be due to Milano's great delivery or Scott Ian and company's thrash influenced grooves. "Milk" starts out very sludgy which is a nice change of pace, but then it suddenly erupts into the fastest song on the record, it's moments like these that make this album worthwhile, it is evident that the band wasn't trying to impress a certain group and they weren't afraid to take chances regardless of whether the album was a joke or not.

Despite all of the lightheartedness the record shows, do not be detoured it is still very crushing and heavy, just not in the typical "I'm gonna slit yer guts" kind of way. If you have no sense of humor though don't get Speak English Or Die, you'll only be offended. It's a shame that people overlook this due to album and song titles, because it truly is a piece of heavy metal history and the same goes for hardcore. To anyone looking to get into crossover this is one of the best places to start. If you're a fan of crossover and you haven't heard Speak English Or Die consider this your swift kick in the ass to get on it.



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combustion07
December 17th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This wasn't supposed to be uploaded yet, I'll be editing

Parallels
December 17th 2009



6640 Comments


its good anyway, and even as silly as these guys are, they are heavily ignored and underrated
Nice joB!

Roach
December 17th 2009



2149 Comments


CAN YOU DO THE MILANO MOSH?!?!?

combustion07
December 17th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DUN DUN DUH DUN DUN DUH



Wizard
December 17th 2009



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They released one of the funnest crossover records ever in 1985

Win, Win, Win.

a very good example of this would be "Milano Mosh" on paper the lyrics seem like they wouldn't come off as catchy but

I think you need a sentence or some form of punctuation after ""Milano Mosh".

songs are barely over of under a minute.

Replace "of" with "or".

While the short songs are funny the record as a whole can still be appreciated as music it isn't just a funny record that one would forget about after one listen, S.O.D. will have you coming back for more,

I have no idea with this one. Maybe break this apart into a few sentences.

because it truly is a piece of heavy metal history same goes for hardcore.

"and the same goes...."

Sorry, just trying to help. Glad you did this review. I remember you digging this about a week ago and I commented hahahha. Album is fun.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

combustion07
December 17th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fixed, thanks for the help.
Also I like what you're digging wiz

Wizard
December 17th 2009



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I beat on small school children to that album! No prob dude ; ).

Roach
December 17th 2009



2149 Comments


yeah btu CAN YOU DO THE MILANO MOSH?!?!?


Roach
December 17th 2009



2149 Comments


**but

Wizard
December 17th 2009



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why wouldn't you just edit your post? hahahahahaha lazy bastards.

And I can do the Milano Mosh.

Roach
December 17th 2009



2149 Comments


niiice

illmitch
December 17th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album never really appealed to me for some reason, idk. i never liked the "chugga chugga" sound of anthrax-style thrash, so maybe that's it. good review though.

combustion07
December 17th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's not everyones cup of tea, but people should give it a shot anyway.

Inveigh
December 17th 2009



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm glad you chose to do this review out of that list earlier man; this disc just makes me smile. Very enjoyable review (good job listening to Wizard on those edits). Only one thing I noticed that you should consider changing:

"Whether it be due to Milano's great delivery or Scott Ian and companies. Thrash influenced grooves."

Change it to: "Scott Ian and company's thrash-influenced grooves." I feel like that should be one sentence, also, company should be singular possesive not plural.

Like I said man, I'm glad you reviewed this -- it was a lot of fun to read and you reminded me to listen to this on my way home from work when you put it on that list earlier. Take a pos my friend.

jingledeath
December 18th 2009



7104 Comments


nice review man, will get on this

RagingStorm
December 18th 2009



509 Comments


Good review, the album sounds pretty fun

Nagrarok
December 18th 2009



8169 Comments


Loving the album title.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2009



8317 Comments


nice review dude, will get

Lobotomie
December 18th 2009



58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Speak English Or Die contains some excellent, heavy riffs, and during this riff-fest the bassist has his fair time to shine as well."

I think you should name the bassist, Dan Lilker, as he is fairly well known and also started/played in Anthrax with Ian. Other than that, great review, awesome album.

Inveigh
December 18th 2009



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lobotomie your avatar is amazing. My favorite movie of all time (well, tied with Taxi Driver).



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