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Yellow Machinegun/Stormtroopers of Death
Split 7" [Yellow vinyl] (Howling Bull America)

By: Jeb Branin

I just don't know what to make of the reincarnation of S.O.D. A decade and a half ago they were relevant, fun and probably even innovative... but that doesn't change the fact they were a one off side project and in many ways just a joke. Billy Milano's later attempts to recreate the "magic" with M.O.D were all pathetic and by today's standards those records aren't even listenable. This reunion is obviously meant as a way to cash in on glories of the past. S.O.D. are no longer pertinent in any way except as a novelty. It just seems to me that the joke has gotten old. That said, if you are into the novelty of the band, then the S.O.D. side of this split record may be the be all and end all for you because novelty is all it is. S.O.D. do a spoof of SLAYER that actually manages to imitate the thrash gods really well from the cover art to the vocals to the guitar solo. The tune is called "Seasoning The Obese" and is funny in an offensive S.O.D. kinda way (for whatever that is worth). The YELLOW MACHINEGUN side of the record is the saving grace for this record, frankly. These ladies know how to rip through extreme hardcore with all the fire and intensity the genre demands. They play with a relentless violence and force destroying all in their path.
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