Sodom - Sodom review
|Release date:||April 2006|
01. Blood On Your Lips
02. Wanted Dead
03. Buried In The Justice Ground
04. City Of God
05. Bibles And Guns
06. Axis Of Evil
07. Lords Of Depravity
08. No Captures
09. Lay Down The Law
10. Nothing To Regret
11. The Enemy Inside
12. Kamikaze Terrorizer [Japanese bonus]
Sodom is like a big, ugly rock in the middle of a river. The currents change, the seasons change, hell - even the flora and fauna changes… but Sodom is still in the same place as before. Well, at least till now! For the first time ever these legendary thrash metallers decided to alter their traditional sound and include elements of other styles. The results might not be perfect but still - appreciate the magnitude of this event, people!
I suppose good ol' Onkel Tom finally realized that the world might have had enough of his main band recording pretty much the same album over and over again for over two decades. There is also the current renewed popular interest in thrash metal that certainly must have not eluded Mr. Angelripper. Well, the result of all this is that Sodom released the best album since their late 80s heyday and this should be great news for fans of this band's no holds barred, straight forward thrash metal approach. Don't worry, the old-school riffs are still here but this time they have been updated with numerous elements of black metal, more technical thrash and even death metal. The production is also better than ever with especially Tom's vocals getting the treatment they deserve. He sounds rawer and more aggressive than ever before. The album is divided between ultra-aggressive tracks such as "Wanted Dead" and "Lords Of Depravity" and surprisingly melodic numbers such as "Buried In The Justice Ground" and "The Enemy Inside" (the latter being an instant classic).
Sadly, not everything is perfect about this release. Sodom are still not as technically apt as their contemporaries and their music is still overly simplistic at times. Some songs blend together and the whole album still relies on a few too many Sodom clichés. Still, if you are a Sodom fan, you wont mind any of this at all since you'll be enjoying getting the best beating that this band has given out since Agent Orange. Definitely a must-have release for thrash metal fans this year.
||Written on 21.04.2006 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.|
|Finally! Sodom releases something new since 2001's "M-16" which was a decent album, but sounded a little uninspired in my opinion. What we have here in the new album, aptly titled "SODOM" is a hammer to the face of old school thrash with some melodic influences. Right from the start, the album pushes itself forth with intensity and speed. After a quick intro with acoustic guitars, the heavy instruments kick in and you can't help but love it. This is thrash in all its glory, folks. Of course, there are good aspects of this CD, which is the speed and intensity. Not to mention the guitar solos are sometimes really wicked (Especially in City of God.) But there also some bad aspects that can't be just simply overlooked. First off is the weak sounding guitars used on the album. The guitars lack a much needed crunch and sound almost garage-ish. Also, there is a problem with the double bass drums which can't be heard at all throughout the entire cd, unless you turn your bass up almost all the way. They seem to get muffled a lot in the chaos of every instrument being played at the same time.
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