Sodom
Code Red


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
December 12th, 2006 | 26 replies | 9,157 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Code Red is Sodom's attempt to forged some of their newer music with their past, and they really succeeds to create a heavy and cruel thrash-metal album.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Thrash-metal was first invented by Metallica when they mixed punk and NWOBHM (New Wave Of Brittish Heavy Metal). Along with Metallica there were three other bands: Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. All these bands took thrash-metal to new and different levels and later the thrash-metal explosion flooded the market in the U.S. Hundreds of bands picked up instruments and started their own bands, but there were not many that lasted long in the spotlight; only the strongest survived. But what happened to all the other countries of the world during the thrash explosion? Did thrash-metal grow just as fast as it did in the states? Unfortunately, no. It didn't grow with such speed and there were not many bands that really stood out, but instead, the European thrash-metal showed a different angle of thrash-metal. Most bands in the U.S. became with time more generic and people focused only on the biggest bands, while in Europe thrash-metal was more aggressive and intense but there were, of course, more "standard" and generic thrash bands as well. Germany produced perhaps some of the world's greatest thrash-metal giants of all time, with Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. They didn't became as huge as Metallica or Slayer, but these German bands stayed within their own sound more or less and they only made a few errors along the way. Weak albums, various line-ups and experimenting with music were some of the things that plagued these bands but all of them came back and released ferocious and modern thrash-metal albums. Kreator were responsible for influence and technicality, Destruction were more of an energetic and anti-religious band and Sodom became a heavy, cruel, war-hollering band. All these veteran bands have managed to stay alive through all these years and they are still kicking *** with their high voltage thrash-metal.

Sodom perhaps didn't get so much time in the stoplight as competitors Kreator did, but nonetheless, Sodom is without a doubt the most succeeded band in my opinion, even if they didn't released high-quality albums all the time they still stayed within their music and front man Tom Angelripper has always been solid member in band. This was also the only band to display several other metal genres in their material. Death-metal and black-metal influences ring throughout their work, and it's combined with lethal and raw thrash-metal. The album called Better Off Dead would be one of their most weakest albums, as it almost stepped onto hard rock or even glam rock at some moments but the album was saved because of a few moshing songs. Tom Angelripper perhaps noticed that his fans was starting to leave and he had to make a new move, because according to sources the band was starting to get a bit sloppy and their energy was starting to slightly fade for a period of time. Code Red was an attempt to reinvent their old material with some of their newer music, and it was also with a different line-up the band. Code Red perhaps sounds a bit rehashed but the variety among the songs is more than great. The album starts hard with berserker thrash tracks like Code Red and What Hell Can Create, and after that we have slower but heavier track called Tombstone. Sodom also succeeds to mould some small Slayer influences in the three upcoming tracks, and by that I mean both in song appearance and vocal work. Liquidation sounds like a death-forged song with a sinister yet groovy and catchy riff. Spiritual Demise and Warlike Conspiracy are two very incredibly catchy and head banging tracks filled with lovely thrash riffs,. Covardice takes on a heavy but yet easy-approaching song structure, and this is probably the slowest track in this album. The Vice Of Killing, Visual Buggary and Book Burning have blend of maniac riffing blended with slower, more technical riffs. Book Burning might though be similar to the opening tracks. The Wolf & The Lamb is another easy-approaching track with similarities with the previous tracks, it still offers a good head banging moment. The band finally ends the chaos with Addicted To Abstinence, which is one last lethal thrash assault that takes you back to ‘’Tapping The Vein’’ or ‘’Persecution Mania’’-era.

Wow, what an album! It sounds incredible when you turn up the volume on your stereo. There were many strong tracks here; I can't actually find any major negativity about this album. The only things that would bother me a bit would be the fact that most songs (or even the whole material) feel a bit rehashed but not much though, and that would be the only negative thing. Everything else was nearly flawless; you had riff after riff after riff, and the tempo variety was perfect because the songs don't have limited drum work. Tom is a great thrash vocalist, with his torn, harsh and raspy cruel voice giving the material a great contrast or blend between thrash- and death-metal. All the instruments sound great too; no instrument is overpowering by another and all they get a few moments to show off for a second. You have some clear bass fills here and there, chaotic and blistering solos are included and double bass kicking is shown. One thing that I thought was pretty cool was that this album felt like a prototype for their then up coming M-16, because tracks like Warlike Conspiracy and The Vice Of Killing could've easily been included on that album. The complete lay-out of the songs was great, since all the bad*** songs were not just placed at the beginning or at the end. You had first some faster songs, than a slow song and later some medium paced songs.

Final judgement then: definitely not a bad Sodom album by any means. This album shows the listener that this is a fire which is going burn for a long time; the band really manages to mould their past with a promising future. There is energy, heaviness, brutality and cruelty in Code Red, and while it might still not be a groundbreaking album in Sodom's career, it really hooks you...maybe even enough to make you stick to their music. Sodom has released many awesome albums but most of them might not be great albums to begin with if you want to get into the band's music, but this album is. Get Code Red and you will know what Sodom is all about, and later you can basically advance to the other albums. Thrash-metal fans of all kinds should experience album, as it is a perfect all-round Sodom album that will stick around for a long time. If you find it then get it without hesitation, because it won't let you down if you enjoy any kind of thrash-metal.

Pros
+ A perfect all-round Sodom album
+ Newcomers will get a great perspective of Sodom by this album
+ The band really succeeds to bring back the past
+ The essence of heaviness and cruelty is revived
+ Awesome variety among everything

Cons
- It might perhaps feel a bit rehashed
- Some songs could've needed a bit more fuel to their fire

Recommended Tracks
-- The Vice Of Killing
-- Addicted To Abstinence
-- Spiritual Demise
--- Book Burning
-- Liquidation

If you enjoy thrash-metal and most of all Sodom's material then this won't let you down, this album will actually receive a 4.5/5



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wakeupdead
December 12th 2006



2204 Comments


Hey, this band sounds all right! Nice review. I guess I'll check these guys out then. :thumb:

south_of_heaven 11
December 12th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great, and so is this review. "Code Red" is probably one of their best songs ever...but "Tombstone" kinda sucks

Angmar
December 12th 2006



2689 Comments


Awsome Review Ive never heard this though.

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 12th 2006



3709 Comments


I should hear more Sodom. I'll check this album out next soon, Soulseek is working again. :D

Good, descriptive review. Almost at 150. :thumb:


Dethtrasher
December 14th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys
I think that ''The Vice Of Killing'' is an awesome song, I also agree with you Soh11 that Tombstone is the only bad song here.
And Wakeupdead, you have to check Sodom, Destruction and Kreator. Since you like Slayer none of these bands will disappoint you.

south_of_heaven 11
December 23rd 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ddamn this album is awesome. "Code Red" and "The Wolf and the Lamb" are probably my two favorites.
And Deth: My email is completley f*cked to hell.

metallicaman8
December 23rd 2006



4677 Comments


So, that's like THE most badass album cover in the history of badass album covers.

south_of_heaven 11
December 23rd 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I personally think "M-16" has the best album cover...but yea, it's a friggin' dude with a chainsaw for an arm. Now that's just cool.

metallicaman8
December 23rd 2006



4677 Comments


Reminds of Army Of Darkness :lol:

south_of_heaven 11
December 23rd 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude, you're right. It really does remind of me that now! :lol:

Too bad he doesn't have a double-barrel in the other hand though This Message Edited On 12.23.06

metallicaman8
December 23rd 2006



4677 Comments


Meh, I'd say his muscles make up for the lack of shutgun-ness.

Dethtrasher
December 26th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NO! Can't you fix it maybe Grant? I'm pretty eager to submit my new fav album.
Btw, their album cover on ''Ten Black Years'' is pretty sweet too, this one is quite awesome but I would replace that mace/club with a gun or something.

Dethtrasher
December 26th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NOTHING HERE; IGNORE THIS COMMENT! Problem fixed! (thank God)This Message Edited On 12.26.06

SylentEcho
September 9th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One thing is wrong about your review.

You say thrash metal was invented by Metallica. This is wrong, Overkill is considered to be the first thrash band.

Dethtrasher
September 10th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really? Maybe I wrote wrong, but according to another metal website the auther claims that Metallica was the first band to release the first thrash metal album. But I have also seen that Overkill is considered to be the first thrash metal band. I don't care really, Metallica plagues my ears but Overkill still has delivers good ''untouched'' thrash. They have also released a new album! I have to check it out.

SylentEcho
September 13th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Metallica was alright till Ride The Lightning but theyre nothig special.

Check out the albums "The Killing Kind" and "The Years Of Decay" by Overkill. Two of their best! :

FR33L0RD
September 13th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe, but i hate Overkill and i love Metallica(before-black_album era) especially live they are godly

Dethtrasher
September 13th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think that The Years Of Decay is a classic, but all the albums after W.F.O is horrible imo.

Dragonforce89
March 2nd 2009



326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Code Red RUles

Possessed
May 28th 2009



37 Comments


awesome album



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