Also known as Method of Destruction
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Crossover thrash, thrash metal
Years active 1986–1997, 2001–present
Associated acts
Website M.O.D. on Myspace
Members Billy Milano
Scott "The Rod" Sargeant
Michael Arellano
Mike De Leon
Past members Tim McMurtrie
Louis Svitek
Tommy Klimchuck
John Pereksta
Joe Young
Joe Affe
Ken Ballone
Jeff Wood
John Monte
Rob Moschetti
Keith Davis
Tim Mallare
Dave Chavarri
Darren Verpeut
Danny "DNA" Burkhardt
Chris "Dawson Clawson" Dawson
Tim Casterline
Derek "Lennon" Lopez

M.O.D. (Method of Destruction) is a crossover thrash band from New York City, fronted by Stormtroopers of Death vocalist Billy Milano. The band has been around for 30 years (minus one hiatus from 1997 to 2001),[1] and released eight studio albums. With M.O.D., Milano sought to continue on the musical path of the bands Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death and Nuclear Assault, mixing shades of hardcore punk with thrash metal and often humorous and politically incorrect lyrics.


First four albums (1986–1993)

U.S.A. for M.O.D., the band's debut album, was produced by S.O.D. bandmate and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. The first track, "Aren't You Hungry?", a reworking of an unrecorded S.O.D. song, is notable for the lyric "fuck those niggers' charity," referring to the then-common famine relief activism such as We Are the World. Later the band apologized admitting Rock and Roll was actually a black music.

M.O.D.'s second effort, Surfin' M.O.D., was an anomaly, featuring little thrash metal, focusing more on humorous cover songs and a beach party atmosphere. The band would return to their roots on Gross Misconduct, as well as further expand their sound on Rhythm of Fear. It was around this time that Milano performed a reunion show with S.O.D. at The Ritz in New York City.

Devolution, Dictated Aggression and hiatus (1994–1999)

The following releases, Devolution and Dictated Aggression, suffered from poor distribution and going out of print, despite Milano's heavier style and more serious lyrics. The albums were eventually reissued on Blackout Records in 2004.

Following M.O.D.'s split in 1997, Milano reformed S.O.D., who released a subsequent album, Bigger than the Devil, in 1999.

Reunions (2001–present)

In 2001, Milano reformed M.O.D. with a new lineup, and two years later, released The Rebel You Love to Hate, somewhat of a return to Milano's humorous past with jabs at white suburban rap fans and the War on Terrorism. M.O.D. relocated to Austin, Texas, and released the album Red, White & Screwed in October 2007 through Index Entertainment, and launched a supporting tour in summer 2008. The band played its final touring show in the United States on September 13, 2008, however the band still performs periodically (mostly in Austin, TX, where Billy currently resides).

In May 2013, Milano announced a 25th Anniversary Tour dubbed "The Mexicans on Duty Tour" featuring the band's new lineup.[2]

M.O.D. is currently working on a new album, titled Busted, Broke and American. In 2014, they offered a free download of their first song in seven years "Hermano".[3] In May 2015, the group disbanded due to Billy Milano wanting to focus on his private life. All tours and album plans were cancelled as a result. A month later, however, Milano announced that M.O.D. is still together and they plan to finish their new album Busted, Broke and American, and tour in 2016 in support of it.[4]


Current members

Previous members


Year Title Label Chart peak[5]
1987 U.S.A. for M.O.D. Megaforce Records 153
1988 Surfin' M.O.D. 186
1989 Gross Misconduct 151
1992 Rhythm of Fear
1994 Devolution Music For Nations
1995 Loved by Thousands, Hated by Millions Megaforce Records
1996 Dictated Aggression Music For Nations
2003 The Rebel You Love to Hate Nuclear Blast Records
2007 Red, White & Screwed Index Entertainment
2016 Busted, Broke and American


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