Stormtroopers of Death, known as S.O.D., was a crossover thrash band formed in New York in 1985. They are credited as being among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal into a style sometimes called crossover thrash. The song "March of the S.O.D.," from their 1985 debut album, was the Headbanger's Ball intro anthem for many years.
The band had some controversy due to the politically incorrect lyrics. Dan Lilker stated: "The lyrics were never intended to be serious, just to piss people off." According to singer Milano, the 24-song extended "EP" of live and unreleased material called Rise Of The Infidels, released in August 2007 on Megaforce Records, is the final release by the band. Milano said, "(the EP) will finally be the last of S.O.D.," laying to rest rumors of another S.O.D. reunion.