M.O.D. (abbreviation for Method of Destruction) is an American crossover thrash band from New York City, fronted by Stormtroopers of Death vocalist Billy Milano. The band has been around for 36 years (minus one hiatus from 1997 to 2001),[1] and released eight studio albums. With M.O.D., Milano sought to continue on the musical path of the bands Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) and Nuclear Assault, mixing shades of hardcore punk with thrash metal and often humorous and politically incorrect lyrics.

M.O.D.
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Background information
Also known asMethod of Destruction
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresCrossover thrash, thrash metal
Years active1986–1997, 2001–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitemilanomosh.com
MembersBilly Milano
Jason "Ginchy" Kottwitz
Tim Casterline
Michael Arellano
Ben Ballard
Past membersSee below

HistoryEdit

First four albums (1986–1993)Edit

U.S.A. for M.O.D., the band's debut album, was released in 1987 and produced by S.O.D. bandmate and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. The first track, "Aren't You Hungry?", a reworking of an unrecorded S.O.D. song, is notable for the lyric "fuck those niggers' charity", referring to the then-common famine relief activism such as "We Are the World". Later the band apologized.[citation needed]

M.O.D.'s second effort, Surfin' M.O.D. (1988), was an anomaly, featuring little thrash metal, focusing more on humorous cover songs and a beach party atmosphere. The band would return to their roots on Gross Misconduct (1989), as well as further expand their sound on Rhythm of Fear (1992). It was around this time that Milano performed a reunion show with S.O.D. at The Ritz in New York City.

Aside from playing in support of bands like Anthrax, Megadeth, Exodus, Overkill, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Pantera, Lȧȧz Rockit and Pro-Pain,[2] and their music videos getting airplay by Headbangers Ball on MTV,[3] M.O.D. was never able to earn a mainstream audience and had temporarily disbanded between the releases of Gross Misconduct and Rhythm of Fear.[2] This was the first of many break-ups or hiatuses to come.

Devolution, Dictated Aggression, and hiatus (1994–1999)Edit

The following releases, Devolution and Dictated Aggression, suffered from poor distribution and going out of print, despite Milano's heavier style and more serious lyrics. The albums were eventually reissued on Blackout Records in 2004.

Following M.O.D.'s split in 1997, Milano reformed S.O.D., who released a subsequent album, Bigger than the Devil, in 1999.

Reunions (2001–present)Edit

In 2001, Milano reformed M.O.D. with a new lineup, and two years later, released The Rebel You Love to Hate, somewhat of a return to Milano's humorous past with jabs at white suburban rap fans and the war on terrorism. M.O.D. relocated to Austin, Texas, and released the album Red, White & Screwed in October 2007 through Index Entertainment, and launched a supporting tour in summer 2008. The band played its final touring show in the United States on September 13, 2008, however the band still performs periodically (mostly in Austin, Texas, where Milano currently resides).

In May 2013, Milano announced a 25th Anniversary Tour dubbed "The Mexicans on Duty Tour" featuring the band's new lineup.[4]

As early as 2014, M.O.D. began working on their eighth studio album, titled Busted, Broke & American, and later that year, they offered a free download of their first song in seven years "Hermano".[5] In May 2015, the group disbanded due to Billy Milano wanting to focus on his private life. All tours and album plans were cancelled as a result. A month later, however, Milano announced that M.O.D. was still together and planning to finish work on Busted, Broke & American, followed by a tour in support of it. On January 5, 2017, Milano announced that the recording of Busted, Broke & American was finished, and it would be M.O.D.'s final album. The album was released on July 7, 2017, and is M.O.D.'s first release on Megaforce Records since the 1995 compilation album Loved by Thousands, Hated by Millions.[6][7] The album has been referred to as the "Chinese Democracy of crossover thrash", due to its various delays.[8]

When asked in a March 2018 interview if Busted, Broke & American was their final album, or if there would be a follow-up album, then-bassist Jason French said, "I believe there will be another album. In talking to Billy, he has some things in the works he wants to accomplish and I want to be part of those things as well. If things work out the way we would like them to, I think people are going to be blown away about what's in store for the future."[9]

MembersEdit

Current

  • Billy Milano – vocals
  • Rob Moschetti – bass
  • Michael Arrellano – drums
  • Jason French – guitar

Former

  • Tim McMurtrie – guitar
  • Louis Svitek – guitar
  • Sean Kilkenny – guitar
  • Tommy Klimchuck – guitar
  • John Pereksta – guitar, bass
  • Joe Young – guitar
  • Joe Affe – guitar
  • Bernard Langendorf – guitar
  • Ken Ballone – bass
  • Jeff Wood – bass
  • Jake Landrau – bass
  • John Monte – bass
  • Chris "Dawson Clawson" Dawson – bass, vocals
  • Tim Casterline – bass
  • David "Ziggy" Reinhardt – drums
  • Keith Davis – drums
  • Tim Mallare – drums
  • Dave Chavarri – drums
  • Tony Scaglione – drums
  • Darren Verpeut – drums
  • Danny "DNA" Burkhardt – drums
  • Derek "Lennon" Lopez – drums

DiscographyEdit

Year Title Label Chart peak[10]
1987 U.S.A. for M.O.D. Megaforce Records 153
1988 Surfin' M.O.D. (EP) 186
1989 Gross Misconduct 151
1992 Rhythm of Fear
1994 Devolution Music for Nations
1995 Loved by Thousands, Hated by Millions (compilation) Megaforce Records
1996 Dictated Aggression Music for Nations
2003 The Rebel You Love to Hate Nuclear Blast Records
2007 Red, White & Screwed Index Entertainment
2017 Busted, Broke & American Megaforce Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - M.O.D". The Metal Archives. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "M.O.D. Tour Dates". metallipromo.com. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "Headbangers Ball- The Unofficial Tribute Site - Episode Database". headbangersballunofficialtributesite.com. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "M.O.D. Moshing Europe 2014". Milanomosh.com. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "An update from Billy". Milanomosh.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "M.O.D. Announce First Album in 10 Years". Ultimate-Guitar.com. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mod Stream New Song Busted Broke American". Screamingguitars.com. May 24, 2017. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "MOD Moshing Europe 2014 - Pics, footage and more..." Milanomosh.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "M.O.D. - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.

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