M.O.D. - _The Rebel You Love to Hate_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (
More than six years after M.O.D.'s excellent _Dictated Aggression_, Billy Milano has teamed up with guitar player Joe Affe and drummer Danny Burkhardt to record his new assault _The Rebel You Love to Hate_. The first surprise comes from the tracklist: _TRYLtH_ features thirteen songs, but two of them are two unnecessary remixes and three of them are "radio edits" which are no different from their originals. A letdown, which leaves only eight songs. Those eight songs are lyrically quite tongue-in-cheek, more so than M.O.D.'s latests albums; "Wigga" against white rappers, "De Men of Stein" against Rammstein, and then there's "Rage Against the Mac Machine" and "Ass-Ghanistan". Unfortunately, Milano's sarcasm seems to have declined to mere childish levels -- reading the lyric sheet is an almost embarassing experience. Which leaves the music. _TRYLtH_ is a solid, simple and unsurprising thrash/hardcore album, making especially "Wigga" and "The Rebel You Love to Hate" an enjoyable listen. However, the quality of the album gets progressively worse with each song: "Get Ready" and "Ass-Ghanistan" are absolute lows. _TRYLtH_, even though released seven years later, is much like a leftovers session from _Dictated Aggression_. Don't spend your money on this album unless you're into infantile lyrics, and mister Milano, I hope your next effort will prove you still have the touch. Someone who's managed to write killer albums as _Rhythm of Fear_, _Devolution_ and _Dictated Aggression_ must be able to do better than this.
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