Best Songs on Stormtroopers of Death's Speak English or Die

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Speak English or Die is the debut studio album by crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) and it was released in August of 1985. Parts of the songs, "March of the S.O.D.", "Milano Mosh", "Chromatic Death," and "Sargent D and the S.O.D.", were used for commercial breaks of MTV's Headbanger's Ball in the early 1990s. After Anthrax finished recording Spreading the Disease, there was still some studio time left, so members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante called some friends, practiced some songs, and recorded it all within a week.
Many point to this album - and particularly, the song "Milk" - as one of the first songs to feature a blast beat, courtesy of Benante. When asked in 2009 if he invented the blast beat, Benante replied, "If you mean that I decided to sit in my room and invent it, no it wasn’t like that. The thing was something that had been around the NY hardcore scene for ages but hadn’t been used for other things. The first time it really happened was on S.O.D’s ‘Milk’ song, so I guess you could say I had a lot to do with it. Now a lot of bands are using it, and doing it really well."
The album had some controversy due to the politically incorrect lyrics. Dan Lilker stated, "The lyrics were never intended to be serious, just to piss people off."

Genre: Crossover Thrash

Personnel:

Billy Milano – Vocals

Scott Ian – Guitars, backing vocals

Dan Lilker – Bass, backing vocals

Charlie Benante – Drums, guitar solo on "United Forces"

The Top Ten

1 Milk
2 Sargent D and the S.O.D.
3 Speak English or Die
4 Freddy Krueger
5 March of the S.O.D.
6 Kill Yourself
7 Chromatic Death
8 Milano Mosh
9 United Forces
10 Pussy Whipped

The Contenders

11 Identity
12 Fist Banging Mania
13 Pre-Menstrual Princess Blues
14 F**k the Middle East
15 Ram It Up
16 Go
17 Pi Alpha Nu
18 Anti-Procrastination Song
19 What's that Noise
20 No Turning Back
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