Gross Misconduct

M.O.D. - Gross Misconduct ©1989 Megaforce
1. No Hope
2. No Glove,No Love
3. The Colors
4. Accident Scene
5. God Zula
6. E Factor
7. Gross Misconduct
8. Satan's Cronies
9. In The City
10. Come As You Are
11. Vents
12. Theme
13. P.B.M.
14. The Ride

No one has ridden a gimmick and one-off album as long as Billy Milano. Known primarily as the loudmouth vocalist for Scott Ian's pisstake Stormtroopers of Death, Milano has somehow stuck around for well over a decade and a half on the strength of what was basically a joke record. Speak English or Die obviously has become an ironically endearing classic, but frankly, Milano is nowhere as endearing. His subsequent band, Method of Destruction (with the acronymn M.O.D. - note peculiar similarities), has unfortunately been around ever since and has released quite a few barely adequate albums.

Gross Misconduct is the project's 1989 effort and actually features one of the more notable lineups that Milano has assembled over the years. Guitarist Louie Svitek went on to play on Ministry's touring lineup and he and bassist John Monte spent some time in Mindfunk. Drummer Tim Mallare donated a few beats to Overkill along the way. But despite the notable pedigree of his musicians, Milano's M.O.D. still focuses on his point of view and undeniable lack of singing ability. Whereas S.O.D. at least had a wry theme working behind it, M.O.D. is simply Milano ranting about whatever topic comes to mind. Gross Misconduct features fairly bland thrash, completely derivative of the time period, and far too many moments of Milano shouting his head off on subjects such as safe sex, brotherhood and his record label boss. The cover of Fear's "In the City" is perfunctory, but proves Milano lacks the scathing and acerbic humor that seeped through Lee Ving's punk project. Granted, Gross Misconduct doesn't feature Milano's less sensitive moments that would pop up on later records, but it certainly doesn't fall into the category of "enlightening music". And since Milano isn't exactly blessed with a great singing voice, his monotonous delivery gets quite grating after a few songs.

M.O.D. tries to claim they speak for the common man and says what everyone is thinking. If that's true, how come they haven't written a song called, "Everyone Thinks My Band is Lame"?

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/2003

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Loved By Thousands...Hated By Millions

M.O.D. - Loved By Thousands...Hated By Millions ©1995 Megaforce
1. Noize
2. Aren't You Hungry
3. Spandex Enormity
4. A.I.D.S.
5. Hate Tank
6. Goldfish
7. Surfin' USA
8. Surf's Up
9. Mr. Dofus
10. No Glove No Love
11. True Colors
12. Livin' In The City
13. Get Up And Dance
14. Rhymestein
15. Irresponsible
16. Rally (NYC)
17. The Ballad Of Dio
18. Bubble Butt
19. Short But Sweet
20. Ode To Harry
21. Vents
22. Theme Song
23. Bonanza
24. Buckshot Blues
25. Clubbin' Seals
26. US Dreams
27. He's Dead, Jim
28. Get The Boot
29. Color My World

Billy Milano, in my opinion, tried to milk the cult popularity of S.O.D. far too much with his spawn band, Method of Destruction. Without the benefit of having certain members like Charlie Benante, Scott Ian or Dan Lilker in the lineup to help write somewhat interesting songs, M.O.D. has historically been a very second rate, mildly humorous thrash band that seemed to never quite go away. Regardless of countless lineup changes and mediocre albums, Milano never quite knew when to throw in the towel with this act. Loved By Thousands...Hated By Millions may be the only album one needs from this band and perhaps too much so. The compilation throws together nearly thirty songs from the band's repetoire and eliminates any need to ever get any of their proper studio albums.

M.O.D. tried very hard to recapture the confrontational approach of S.O.D. with perhaps a metalized dose of Fear but frankly the jokes presented here are almost without a doubt simply bad. Considering Milano's body size, ripping on obese girls in "Spandex Enormity" comes across as juvenile and a case where the kettle needs an introduction to the pot. "A.I.D.S." comes across as though a braindead football jock wrote the song. Some of the band's best humor came through in half-assed but amusing covers of "Surfin' USA" or "Color My World". On occasion when the band tried being a bit more serious about their lyrics, they could come up with some fairly decent, though not outstanding, thrash: "No Glove No Love", "True Colors". Naturally Milano is not going to add much to the music with his raspy shout nor will he ever compete for Van Halen's singer position.

Loved By Thousands... is a bit exhausting to sit through because so much of the material wears thin quickly and there isn't a whole lot of ingeninuity to set them apart from other second rate thrash bands of their era. The collection might be worthwhile if there are a few songs you do want to hear from M.O.D., but do try to find this for less than five bucks.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2000

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