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“Rise Of The Infidels” by Stormtroopers Of Death

Artist: Stormtroopers Of Death
Title: “Rise Of The Infidels” – EP
Label: Megaforce Records
Release Date: 8/21/2007
Genre: Thrash Metal/Hardcore
Rating: 3/5

For a band that was launched as a side project to their already existing groups the Stormtroopers Of Death or S.O.D. as they are often called, managed to create quite a stir with their debut recording “Speak English Or Die”. With this album the band found themselves making a little bit of music history because they were the first to blend the elements of Hardcore Punk and Thrash Metal into a new blend of sonic assault that was often referred to as “Crossover Thrash”. The members of the group are Billy Milano (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Dan Lilker (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums) and since this time collaborations of this kind are rather commonplace and not always as interesting. When S.O.D. was doing it no one was sure how it was going to be received and given the original premise I am not sure that the band even cared. The songs that they did were fast paced like classic Hardcore and used to some effect the riffs from the growing Thrash Metal scene and made songs like “Pu$$ywhipped” and “Kill Yourself” among their most popular numbers. This EP finds the band reunited and delivering what comes off as the longest EP in music history with its 24 included numbers. It begins with a couple of songs where Milano speaks out against people’s complacency in life as things steamroll over them and also how many are willing to cow down to places like Starbuck’s. He finds amazement at the pricing for what the product is and I guess like Chris Caffery always laments “Starbuck’s pisses him off”. Tracks three and four are the bands chance to cover tunes by Hardcore legends Agnostic Front and Negative Approach. They come out swinging on these tunes and that makes sense since Milano and the guys were always deeply rooted in the original NYHC scene when it was in full-swing.
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