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New Sodom, Just As Good As The Old - 86%

Peacesells215, January 28th, 2014

Sodom, being one of the veteran thrash metal acts in the 1980s, has released as string of constant and powerful thrash albums in the past few years. Unlike most bands from the "Golden Age" of thrash, Sodom never sold out, they never conformed. Now given the fact "Masquerade In Blood" and "Get What You Deserve" suffered from poor production, Sodom had more of punk influence in their music, than say the popular thrash feeling the band is known for, or the death metal influence that one would find on "Tapping The Vein."

However, somewhere between 1999 and 2001 (Post "Code Red", Pre "M-16"), the thrash metal, evil, war influenced, Sodom returned. In 2006, these thrash titans released yet another great album to the awaiting masses. Simply titled Sodom, this release would be their most melodic and controlled album in recent years. Tom Angelripper's bass throughout the album is reminiscent of "Persecution Mania" except for a few improvements. One, the production clearly helps the sharpness and clarity of the bass on this album. Two, while not as heavy as their 1987 release, the bass clearly holds a lot of muscle on this album, and is the essential piece of the band that propels this album from 0 to 60 in about three seconds. Bernemann's guitar work isn't overpowering or annoying. Instead, it adds a sense of lethality, one that was felt on M-16. In my opinion, his is the best guitarist Sodom had through their whole career. The drum work, is not necessarily bad, I don't think the production puts it in the spotlight. Seeing the fact the same drummer (Bobby) was used on M-16, in which I find his drum work an essential part to that album's success, this is a small let down. Lyrically, this album covers a variety of topics. From killing, religion, hate, and war, Sodom also throws in a few melodic pieces simply to throw the listener off balance. Example: the great solo from "Blood On Your Lips" or the melodic underlying guitar work on "City Of God."

Best Four Tracks:
"Blood On Your Lips"
"Buried In the Justice Ground"
"City Of God"
"The Enemy Inside"

Overall, Sodom's 2006 release is definitely worth listening to and checking out. Rarely does a veteran thrash metal act release a string of great albums that rival those in their "prime." As with the pervious album, Sodom continues to defy what is acceptable for aging metal bands. They prove that they can still play just as heavy, just as fast, and yet, retain their identity in the process without sounding like another band. All hail the Lords Of Depravity.