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Album Review

The 13th album by German thrash/death metal institution Sodom deviates not a bit from the pattern established over its dozen predecessors. The group bashes through aggressive, Slayer-esque songs with lyrics about death and war, never letting momentum flag for an instant. Songs like the title track and "Hellfire" could easily be outtakes from the Slayer songbook circa Seasons in the Abyss, and Tom Angelripper's hoarse, shrieking vocals are extremely close in spirit to Slayer frontman Tom Araya's fevered shouting. Even when they offer a slow intro, as on "Through Toxic Veins" or "God Bless You," it soon erupts into another burst of staccato riffing and machine-gun drumming. Sodom are a lot like Motörhead in that you basically know what you're going to get from album to album; it just depends whether the band is particularly "on fire" or not. While this album does nothing to move Sodom's music to the "next level," whatever that might be, it's a strong dose of what fans have been coming to them for since the late '80s.

Customer Reviews

Trolol

Godzilla warfare or whoever the reviewer before me better be trolling. He says Sodom is an new band, yet hasn't he ever heard of sodom's agent orange album. What and idiot, good album though.

Killer!!

These guys just make great music. I always look forward to new work from Sodom. Clean, crisp, no nonsence metal like "Through Toxic Veins" is what I'm talking about. If you are an old school or new school metal fan, this album will get your freaking head banging!!!!!!

Awesome New One from Germany's Best Thrash Band!

Unlike some others who have revewed this before, Sodom has been around for 30 years (2011 is their anniversary) - its so funny to see what ignorance there is. Just two minutes of research could have shown that this is Sodom's 13th full length release and first since 2007's The FInal Sign of Evil (which was a re-recording with original members of what was intended to be what their first EP In the Sign Of Evil wasn't). In any event, this is Sodom's finest album since Better Off Dead. The stuff is more catchy and memorable than "Code Red," "M-16" and self-titled "Sodom" where (although for pure thrash, they are awesome). Sodom has proven yet again that they are one of Germany's finest thrash bands along side Kreator and Destruction. Its so great to see all of these great bands still alive and putting out albums consistently. Looking forward to Destruction's "Day of Reckoning" in February!

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This German black metal band's early lineup consisted of Tom Angelripper (bass/vocals), Aggressor (guitar/vocals), and Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek (drums). They were heavily influenced by thrash/speed metal bands like Motörhead, Venom, and Mercyful Fate, exploring the darkest subject matter possible. Aggressor quit the group before its first full-length album was released and was succeeded in turn by Grave Violator, Destructor, and Blackfire. Mortal Way of Life, recorded on a European tour, was the...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jan 11, 2011

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