M.O.D.

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M.O.D.
Also known as Method of Destruction
Origin New York, United States
Genres Crossover thrash
Years active 1986–1997, 2001–present
Labels Megaforce, Nuclear Blast, Index Entertainment, I Scream
Associated acts S.O.D., Ministry, United Forces
Website M.O.D. on Myspace
Members Billy Milano
Scott "The Rod" Sargeant
Michael Arellano
Mike De Leon
Past members Tim McMurtrie
Louis Svitek
Tommy Klimchuck
John Pereksta
Joe Young
Joe Affe
Ken Ballone
Jeff Wood
John Monte
Rob Moschetti
Keith Davis
Tim Mallare
Dave Chavarri
Darren Verpeut
Danny "DNA" Burkhardt
Chris "Dawson Clawson" Dawson
Tim Casterline
Derek "Lennon" Lopez

M.O.D. (Method of Destruction) is a crossover thrash band from New York City, fronted by former Anthrax roadie and Stormtroopers of Death vocalist Billy Milano. The band has been around for 28 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 and Nuclear Assault, mixing shades of hardcore punk with thrash metal and often humorous and politically incorrect lyrics.

History[edit]

First four albums (1986–1993)[edit]

U.S.A. for M.O.D., the band's debut album, was 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 admitting Rock and Roll was actually a black music.

M.O.D.'s second effort, Surfin' M.O.D., 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, as well as further expand their sound on Rhythm of Fear. It was around this time that Milano performed a reunion show with S.O.D. at The Ritz in New York.

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, TX, where Billy currently resides).

In May 2013, Milano announced a 25th Anniversary Tour dubbed "The Mexicans On Duty Tour" featuring the band's new lineup. [2]

M.O.D. is currently working on a new album. They are also offering a free download of a new song, entitled "Hermano".[3]

Current members[edit]

  • Billy Milano – Vocals
  • Scott Sargeant - Bass Guitar
  • Michael Arellano – Drums
  • Mike Deleon - Guitar

Previous members[edit]

  • Tim McMurtrie – guitar
  • Louis Svitek – 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
  • Rob Moschetti – 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

Discography[edit]

Date of release Title Label Chart positions US sales
1987 U.S.A. for M.O.D. Megaforce Records
1988 Surfin' M.O.D. Megaforce Records
1989 Gross Misconduct Megaforce Records
1992 Rhythm of Fear Megaforce Records
1994 Devolution Music For Nations
November, 1995 Loved by Thousands, Hated by Millions Megaforce Records
June 25, 1996 Dictated Aggression Music For Nations
May 20, 2003 The Rebel You Love to Hate Nuclear Blast Records
October 26, 2004 Devolution
re-issue – enhanced CD
Blackout Records
October 26, 2004 Dictated Aggression
re-issue – enhanced CD
Blackout Records
October 9, 2007 Red, White & Screwed Index Entertainment
October 12, 2007 Red, White & Screwed
Europe
I Scream Records

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