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SODOM’s “Decision Day” Album Review

Genre: Metal
Released by: Steamhammer / SPV
Release date: August 26 2016

 

Tracklist:
1.In Retribution
2. Rolling Thunder
3. Decision Day
4. Caligula
5. Who Is God?
6. Strange Lost World
7. Vaginal Born Evil
8. Belligerence
9. Blood Lions
10. Sacred Warpath
11. Refused To Die

 

The Band:
Tom Angelripper– bass, vocals
Bernemann– guitars
Markus “Makka” Freiwald– drums

 

Sodom aren’t the greatest thrash metal band of all time. I mean, there’s Kreator, so they’re not even the greatest German thrash band. But you don’t have to be the greatest ever to be not only hugely influential on the genre, but to have had a consistent history of putting out some of the heaviest and most aggressive metal albums ever. Beginning their legacy way back in 1982, Sodom has forged a catalog of some very key albums that have defined the genre.

Sodom Article 1 Framed

Influencing bands spanning genre’s like black metal, traditional, and of course thrash, Sodom have never been a band to be defined by anything other than kick ass metal.

With the upcoming release of their 15th offering of heavy metal baddassery entitled Decision Day…

Sodom Album Article Framed

… it is without a doubt, that only remaining original member Tom Angelripper has had to make some major decisions during the many days of his lengthy service to the metal world. The one decision he constantly makes that is typically on point is writing and selecting the best songs that exemplify why Sodom have gained a tremendous following. Songs like “Rolling Thunder,” “Who Is God,” and “Vaginal Born Evil” are unabashedly heavy and delivered with an intensity many modern bands only wish they could achieve. The bass and vocals of Angelripper, a voice ripped from the bowels of hell, backed with the frenetic guitar of Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and the thunderous drums of Markus “Makka” Freiwald, the trio combine to create a cacophonous thrash assault laying to waste the unworthy along the way.

Perhaps not as widely known and widely regarded as the Big 4 of Thrash nor even the next four behind that, but Sodom are such an incredible band that deserves many more accolades than they get currently. In my estimation they’re one of those rare gems in the metal world that never seem to lose steam and never rely on the current trend to define them. Decision Day would make for a fine introduction to their music, as well as a welcome addition to an already powerful string of albums.

Reviewer: Chris Martin

Rating: 8/10

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