It all started back in the '80s with
four young guys in a band. That band is M.O.D. (Method Of
Destruction), with S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) vocalist
Billy Milano, the axeman Tim McMurtrie, all-about the-bass man
Ken Ballone and sitting at the throne, Keith Davis. The
year was 1987 and M.O.D. made their debut with "U.S.A. for
M.O.D." and what a debut it was.
"U.S.A. for M.O.D". is a blend of
lyrical comedy and shock value offensive enough to make P.C.
Principal (Yes, that is a South Park reference) faint.
The songs ranged from six seconds to just over five minuets
long and helped fuse together thrash metal and hardcore punk
rock into what became known as the crossover genre.M.O.D.
confronted things that made you uncomfortable by showing you
it's OK to laugh.
Fast forward three decades and the
birth of M.O.D. Classic. In a matter of weeks Tim McMurtie and
Ken Ballone were joined by none other than Felix Griffin (DRI)
and Donny "The DRP" Polinske (Primer 55), began rehearsal and
hit the road under the name M.O.D. Classic performing
classic M.O.D. songs.
Billy Milano took M.O.D. through a
string of line up changes after their debut record, however
Tim McMurtie returned in '92 for the "Rhythm of Fear" album.
So,to clear up any confusion, yes, there are two M.O.D. bands.
There is M.O.D. with Billy Milano and there is M.O.D. Classic
with Tim McMurtie and Ken Ballone.
M.O.D. Classic came to The Nile
Theatre in Mesa AZ and were kind enough to let DaBelly
publisher Dave Schwartz and myself join them in their hotel
room. Tim and Ken shared the past, present and future of
M.O.D. Classic in the featured video interview. They were the
nicest guys and couldn't be more appreciative of their fans.