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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

Rise of the Infidels

Anger lurks in every corner.

Spurred by downtime from the Anthrax recording sessions of Spreading the Disease, S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) began as a venting process, a way to release commentary not intended for the likes of Anthrax.  With components of Anthrax as the nucleus of S.O.D., they began a journey in 1985, with sporadic breaks and resumptions until they called it a day not too long ago.  Their initial beginning included their popular Speak English or Die album, saw them break in December of the same year.  However, a reunion in 1992 brought the guys back together for another stab at their intensity.  In 1999, they recorded anew.

This release is interesting in that it is being marketed as an EP with 4 unreleased songs but has the added benefit of a 24-song live show from Seattle.  The 4-songs are good but the real deal is the live set with its fast, furious, and decimating decibels that reveal a band tight and in full control.  With plenty of between-song banter, mostly introducing the next song, Live at the Fenix Club is a raucous assault that is representative of the band better than the unreleased songs reveal. The sound isn't the best quality but then I don't think that this was their intent other than to release a final batch of unreleased music and caulked with a live set.

There are a string of short musical ballads of 6 personas that include Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, INXS, Frank Sinatra, Nirvana, and Freddy Mercury, all irreverent, all well-done pieces that play key recognizable parts of notable songs.

The new songs are 2 originals, “Stand Up and Fight,” and “Java Amigo!,” and two covers, “United and Strong” (Agnostic Front), and “Ready to Fight” (Negative Approach).

If you like your music full of aggression and irreverence, S.O.D. packs the grooves with plenty of it.  With 4 unreleased songs from the band included, you get a value called Rise of the Infidels, their final offering to fans.

Release Date: August 07, 2007
Produced by: S.O.D.

Format: CD

Track Listing:

Stand Up and Fight / Java Amigo / United and Strong / Ready to Fight / 24-song Live set.



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