M.O.D.

Crossover Thrash • United States
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M.O.D. (Method of Destruction) is a crossover thrash/hardcore band, formed in 1986 by vocalist Billy Milano after the disbandment of crossover pioneers S.O.D.. Their first album, U.S.A. for M.O.D., was produced by S.O.D./Anthrax guitar player Scott Ian. The intended irony of M.O.D.'s lyrics and the music is a pattern that Milano and company follow in an effort to make the music humorous, entertaining, and lighthearted. In this regard, the band followed in the footsteps of S.O.D., with intentionally politically incorrect, humorous lyrics. Milano's later lyrical content concentrates more on making fun of left-wing extremists such as Michael Moore and Rage Against the Machine.

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M.O.D. albums / top albums

M.O.D. U.S.A. for M.O.D. album cover 3.20 | 6 ratings
U.S.A. for M.O.D.
Crossover Thrash 1987
M.O.D. Gross Misconduct album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Gross Misconduct
Crossover Thrash 1989
M.O.D. Rhythm of Fear album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Rhythm of Fear
Crossover Thrash 1992
M.O.D. Devolution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devolution
Crossover Thrash 1994
M.O.D. Dictated Aggression album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dictated Aggression
Crossover Thrash 1996
M.O.D. The Rebel You Love to Hate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rebel You Love to Hate
Crossover Thrash 2003
M.O.D. Red, White & Screwed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Red, White & Screwed
Crossover Thrash 2007
M.O.D. Busted, Broke & American album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Busted, Broke & American
Crossover Thrash 2017

M.O.D. EPs & splits

M.O.D. Surfin' M.O.D. album cover 3.14 | 3 ratings
Surfin' M.O.D.
Crossover Thrash 1988
M.O.D. Megaforce Worldwide - Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Megaforce Worldwide - Volume One
Crossover Thrash 1995

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M.O.D. demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

M.O.D. re-issues & compilations

M.O.D. Loved by Thousands... Hated by Millions album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Loved by Thousands... Hated by Millions
Crossover Thrash 1995

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Surfin' U.S.A.
Crossover Thrash 1988
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Hermano
Crossover Thrash 2014

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M.O.D. Surfin' M.O.D.

EP · 1988 · Crossover Thrash
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UMUR
"Surfin' M.O.D." is an EP release by US crossover act M.O.D.. The EP was released through Megaforce Records in 1988 and bridges the gap between the band´s debut full-length studio album "U.S.A. for M.O.D. (1987)" and their second full-length studio album "Gross Misconduct (1989)". Four of the tracks featured on the EP had already been featured on the "Surfin' U.S.A. (1988)" single, but here those four tracks are accompanied by three additional tracks, and a 23:33 minutes long track titled "The Movie", which is a spoken word piece which features the music tracks from the EP in between the spoken parts. So side 1 of the original vinyl version of the EP features "The Movie", and side 2 features the seven music tracks without the spoken word sections.

Although the tracks are generally slightly more goofy and rock´n´roll oriented than the material on the debut album (which at times were also pretty goofy), this pretty much sounds like a natural successor to "U.S.A. for M.O.D. (1987)". The spoken word part of the project provides it with a slightly experimental touch, but this is at it´s core still crossover thrash. The biggest attraction here is probably the cover of "Surfin' U.S.A." by the Beach Boys, but honestly even that track isn´t that great (although not completely without it´s charm). Billy Milano struggles to hit the right notes, which gives the cover a pretty raw and flippant sound, but pretty it ain´t. To my ears the highlight is "Surf´s Up", which is a nice little catchy crossover track.

The band are relatively well playing, and the sound production is also acceptable, so "Surfin' M.O.D." is overall a decent release by M.O.D.. There´s little here which really makes my blood boil, but a 3 star (60%) rating is still deserved.

M.O.D. U.S.A. for M.O.D.

Album · 1987 · Crossover Thrash
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UMUR
"U.S.A. for M.O.D." is the debut full-length studio album by US, New York based crossover thrash metal act M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). The album was released through Caroline/Megaforce Records in 1987. M.O.D. was founded in 1986 by S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) vocalist Billy Milano after it was clear that S.O.D. was a one-off project (at least that was the case in 1986) and the other members of the band opted to focus on their main acts Anthrax and Nuclear Assault. Milano however didn´t have a main act to return to and as a consequence formed M.O.D. to continue what he had helped start with S.O.D....

...and that`s politically incorrect crossover thrash metal delivered with an attitude. While "U.S.A. for M.O.D." isn´t as surprising nor as revolutionary as "Speak English or Die (1985)" by S.O.D., the musical style of the latter is pretty much continued on "U.S.A. for M.O.D." with very few changes to the overall musical/lyrical concept despite most of the personel having changed.

Most tracks are structured with a heavy groove oriented section first and then a fast-paced hardcore section to close the track. There are exceptions to that formula like some of the very short tracks in "That Noise" and "Short but Sweet", which are respectively 13 and 7 seconds long. There are a couple of more tracks that are as short as those two, but most tracks on the 22 track, 40:32 minutes long album are between 1 and 3 minutes long. Short bursts of aggression and often oddball politically incorrect lyrical themes (like making fun of fat people on "Bubble Butt" and "Spandex Enormity", or of gays on "A.I.D.S."). But the lyrical themes are actually quite varied as you´ll also find social/policial commentary as in "Aren´t You Hungry" and "Get a Real Job", or some silly humorous lyrics like in "Don't Feed the Bears" and "Ode to Harry".

"U.S.A. for M.O.D." was produced by Alex Perialas and Anthrax/S.O.D. guitarist Scott Ian (who also handles some guitar/backing vocals, and co-wrote some of the material featured on the album), and the sound quality is decent. The guitar tone is a bit thin and the punch is slightly lacking from the sound, but considering the fact that "U.S.A. for M.O.D." was recorded and mixed in 4 days, the sound production is of a pretty good quality. The organic and somewhat lo-fi nature of the sound is definitely not without it´s charm.

So upon conclusion "U.S.A. for M.O.D." is a relatively entertaining debut release by M.O.D.. It doesn´t quite live up to the quality of the legendary "Speak English or Die (1985)" by S.O.D., but if you enjoyed that album, there´s a good chance you´ll find at least some enjoyment in "U.S.A. for M.O.D.". A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

M.O.D. Loved by Thousands... Hated by Millions

Boxset / Compilation · 1995 · Crossover Thrash
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Vim Fuego
In the all-time list of good ideas, Billy Milano's use of the phrases "fucking n***er charity" and "anally inflicted death sentence" in songs must rate somewhere near waterproof teabags and helicopter ejector seats. Not that Billy gives a shit. His motto? "It ain't easy being scum".

So here we have a 29 song best of album from a band who has never had a hit of any note in the mainstream. It's full of political incorrectness, vulgarity, childishness and stupidity.

Spawned as the bastard child of Stormtroopers Of Death, M.O.D. has been Milano's outlet for a number of years. Lyrical mishaps aside, the band made hardly a false move. Huge grooves, massive guitars, piss taking fun, NYHC unity, what more could you want?

Beneath the silliness, there was sometimes a serious message. Sometimes. "No Glove No Love" touches on safe sex, "Irresponsible" deals with parenting, "US Dreams" is about crime and punishment, and any number of tracks, like "Rally (NYC)", True Colors", "Rhymestein" and "Get Up And Dance" are about friendship, loyalty and unity.

But what do people remember M.O.D. for? Their political views? Nope, it's the silly, fun songs and to a lesser extent, the hardcore style covers. Tracks like the misogynistic 14 second blast of "Vents", the chant of "Bubble Butt" ("If your ass is wider than your shoulders then you've got one"), "Spandex Enormity", "Hate Tank", "Mr Oofus" and "Ode To Harry" have appeared on albums.

A number of new tracks were recorded for this album. "Bonanza" takes the theme song from the famed Western TV show and twists its nipples. "Clubbin' Seals" is a redneck style ballad, like you've never heard before. "The Ballad Of Dio" and "Buckshot Blues" carry on the S.O.D. "ballad" tradition. "Livin' In The City" and "He's Dead Jim" are raging covers of Fear and Functional Idiots' songs.

Ultimately, if you're not a fan of M.O.D., you won't understand this, and may even find it offensive. If you are a fan, it's essential, even if you have all the other albums. The best tracks on show here: "Theme", "Clubbin' Seals" and "Bonanza", but really this is a high quality collection from start to finish.

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