Thursday, August 30, 2007
Logo #37: Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.)
Drawn by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (although some sources credit drummer Charlie Benante) in 1985, Sargeant D graced the cover of "Speak English or Die," the debut S.O.D. album for Roadrunner. With titles like "Kill Yourself," "Pre-Menstrual Princess Blues," and "Fist Banging Mania," it was all, in the words of Friend from "Zardoz," "just a joke" - although their 24-second magnum opus "F*ck The Middle East" still hits like a smart-bomb, timely as ever. Purportedly, Ian drew the good Sargeant as the epitome of - to strangle a phrase - life after hate. If he were drawn today, two decades later, how intense might that hatred be? Twenty years can be a long time. A new album was announced for 2005 and might just come out before the Mayans kill us all. The Not Man and Sargeant D will celebrate with beers. With Fear!