M.O.D. - U.S.A. for M.O.D. (Megaforce) 1987
1. "Aren't You Hungry?"
Basically a continuation of the S.O.D. project, without the Anthrax members. What is similar to "Speak English or Die" is the politically incorrect lyrics, the hardcore/thrash crossover song writing, and the mix of short and shorter songs. Just like S.O.D. there are some pretty funny lyrical ideas on this album, although there are also some disturbing lyrics as well. What is different is that the riffs aren't nearly as good or as memorable on this disc as they were on "Speak English." Overall, not a bad disc, but I really think Millano and Co. got better as time moved on. Produced by Anthrax's Scott Ian.
A b-side from this album called "If the Shoe Fits" was also released on the "Deeper Into the Vaults" compilation.
Double cd, German import re-issue of two M.O.D. classics. Both original inserts are contained as part of the package as well.
M.O.D.-Rhythm of Fear
M.O.D.-Gross Misconduct (Megaforce) 1989
Well now, Billy Milano and Co. are starting to take themselves a little more serious. I don't know whether that is a good thing or bad thing. Musically the band is still the mix of punk, hardcore and thrash metal, but lyrically the band is less silly. Well, with songs like "Satan's Cronies" maybe it's not too serious, but still the band comes off more serious overall. The photo of the band busting through the brick wall is pretty funny. Drummer Tim Mallare went on to join Overkill after the tour for this album.
M.O.D.-Devolution (Energy) 1994
1. "Land of the Free"
'Devolution' picks up where 'Gross Misconduct' left off. Fast mosh thrash riffs mixed with a bit of hardcore attitude and Billy Milano's distinctive metallic shout. Once again, Milano goes for more serious, political themes, although as expected he is far from politically correct. Musically, Milano and crew are not bucking the trends, going for a slightly less hardcore/punk sound on this one, and a more metallic speed metal punch, which may also have to do with the addition of, ex-Raven drummer, Mark 'Wacko' Hunter behind the mixing board. This one almost sounds like Anthrax, only not quite as commercially accessible.
M.O.D. - Dictated Aggression (Music For Nation) 1996
1. "Dictated Aggression"
1996 and Billy Milano is still mixing it up, thrashing out his "Milano Mosh" blend of hardcore and metal. This time around Billy's vocals are a bit more brutal and aggressive, as is the music. Also, There are a few standout cuts in the title track, "One Was Johnny" and "Empty Vision." The disc ends with a rapcore barrage that would scare the pants off Limp Bizcrap, matched in intensity only by Stuck Mojo. "Brutal Beats" is probably the closest thing I have ever heard to a death metal rap. Picked up this disc used for $5.99 through SecondSpin and it turned out to be a Japanese copy, which I believe includes one extra track. (At least is contains a track not on my U.S. cassette copy that I can now get rid of.)
M.O.D. - Rebel You Love
to Hate (Nuclear Blast) 2003
M.O.D. has long been know for their humor, their comedic posturing and for Billy Milano's outspoken opinions of political and social issues. "Rebel You Love to Hate" is more of the same and touches on subjects from Milanošs dislike of the Middle East (Ass-ganistan), to pot shots against bands (Rage Against The Mac Machine, The Men Of Stein), to criticism against anti-Americans (Makin Friends is Fun) and even a hilarious song about all the rich, urban white boys trying to act like gangstas (Wigga). Man, I laughed out loud at the lines "pull your hood up, you look stupid. Pull your pants up, will you pull your pants up!" Milano uses rap style of lyrics in this song, but it is hillarious and stresses the point of of the lyrics pretty well. Musically the band continues to mix a heavy mixture of hardcore and metal and Milano's forceful hardcore shouting sounds as good as it ever has. Some of the riffs have a slightly more modern tone than the more thrash stuff he did in the past. However, I don't think any fan of the band's older material will be disappointed here either.
fan of the band's older material will be disappointed here either.
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