ANTHRAX members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante joined LAMB OF GOD on stage last night (Tuesday, January 19) at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia to perform a cover version of the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH classic “United Forces”. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH was a crossover thrash band formed in New York in 1985. They are commonly credited as being among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal into a style sometimes called “crossover thrash.” The track “March Of The S.O.D.” from “Speak English Or Die” was the “Headbangers Ball” intro song for many years.
After finishing his guitar tracks on the ANTHRAX album “Spreading The Disease”, Scott Ian would draw pictures of the face of a character known as “Sargent D.” The pictures would be accompanied by slogans such as “I’m not racist; I hate everyone” and “Speak English Or Die,” and Ian would write lyrics about this character. He decided to form a hardcore band based on Sargent D, so he recruited ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante, ex-ANTHRAX bassist Dan Lilker, and PSYCHOS bassist Billy Milano on vocals.
The 30th-anniversary edition of STROMTROOPERS OF DEATH‘s classic debut album, “Speak English Or Die”, was made available on November 27, 2015 via Megaforce. The set includes the original album as well as the demo recordings from the pre-STROMTROOPERS OF DEATH project CRAB SOCIETY NORTH.
LAMB OF GOD and ANTHRAX are currently touring the U.S. with support from DEAFHEAVEN and POWER TRIP.