Anthrax on their day off put Stormtroopers of Death on the musical map, and “Speak English Or Die” is a musical salute to all things silly about metal. I’m a techno fan, but this album has a permanent place of honor in my collection. People who find this album offensive can’t deal with life, either. This album is FUNNY, people. Get a grip, and buy it now.
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If you didn’t know this was the intro / outtro music of the hold headbangers’ ball with Adam Curry. This licks are heavy and rock, the lyrics are outrageous and a riot. Read into the lyrics what you want … no big deal. It is a silly album sung in character, and expresses feelings all have sometimes. It is just a fun, crazy thrash fest. get it!!
This album is a true trash metal masterpiece. It started all in 1985 as a side project by Scott Ian, guitarist of Anthrax. Recorded in three days it came out to be something like nothing else before: furious, mean, funny and heavy as hell. I still listen to it now in 2004 after almost 20 years from its birth!!
It’s unbelievable how well it aged through time. I heard that it caused a lot of controversy because of the lyrics but I dindn’t care 15 years ago when I dindn’t even get a word of english (i’m italian) and I don’t care now as I read the cd booklet. Besides the lyrics were never intended to be that serious. Anyways if you like trash metal bands like suicidal tendencies or anthrax you will love sod “speak english or die”!
“He’ll make you wish that you dindn’t exist,
Cause Sargent “D” is coming and you’re on his list!”
I remember the day “Speak English or Die” hit the scene when I was in high school. There was a real division beginning between punkers and metal heads where I was at and part of it was because of the violence from nazi skinheads beating up metal heads for having long hair. Since regular skinheads were kind of considered punkers and hard to tell apart from nazis, alot of metal heads were getting pissed at punks in general. Some of my better friends were head bangers and we were all bummed about the whole affair. Well, when we heard “United Forces” come ripping from the vinyl in a vocal and chord crunching assault testifying that “…it doesn’t matter how you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside your head…” we were stoked.Here was this band, 2500 miles from where we were at, talking about the same problem tellin’ everybody to lighten up. I listened to this album exclusively for almost a half a year, and there was a lot of killer music then. As far as I’m concerned, these guys are the god fathers of speedcore and if you don’t own it, at least hear it once. These guys were a major influence on metal to come!!
Speak English or Die is brutal, fast, and angry. It is also rude, intelligent, and surprisingly funny (check out “What’s that noise?” and “Milk”).Anyone who can handle the intensity of, say Slayer, Nuclear Assault, MOD, etc, will dig this album.If you are a Winger fan, it will probably make you cry.