M.O.D.

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M.O.D.
Also known as Method of Destruction
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Crossover thrash, thrash metal
Years active 1986–1997, 2001–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website milanomosh.com
Members Billy Milano
Jason "Ginchy" Kottwitz
Tim Casterline
Michael Arellano
Ben Ballard
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
    Mike Deleon
    Scott Sargeant
    Derek "Lennon" Lopez
    Marc Mays

M.O.D. (abbreviation for Method of Destruction) is a crossover thrash band from New York City, fronted by Stormtroopers of Death vocalist Billy Milano. The band has been around for 32 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.

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 City.

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 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]

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".[3] 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.[4][5] The album has been referred to as the "Chinese Democracy of crossover thrash", due to its various delays.[6]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Billy Milano – vocals
  • Tim Casterline – bass guitar
  • Michael Arrellano – drums
  • Jason "Ginchy" Kottwitz – guitar

Previous members[edit]

  • 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
  • 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]

Year Title Label Chart peak[7]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - M.O.D". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "M.O.D. Moshing Europe 2014". milanomosh.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  4. ^ "An update from Billy". milanomosh.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "M.O.D. Announce First Album in 10 Years". Ultimate-Guitar.com. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mod Stream New Song Busted Broke American". screamingguitars.com. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "M.O.D. - Chart history - Billboard".

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