Sodom
In the Sign of Evil


4.0
excellent

Review

by SylentEcho USER (21 Reviews)
September 4th, 2007 | 155 replies | 14,774 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrash debut scores. Excellent phrasing, guitar solos boiled alove, lots of fun. Not just raging like Kreator, but genuinely scary stuff (when they're not dropping lines like "I masturbate to kill myself").

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

In the Eighties, the term “black-metal” existed already, but did not have the same meaning it does now.
Labeled as black-metal, these bands would make quite a fast disc with occult lyrics (and give a nickname to each member). The list was quickly drawn up: Venom (“spiritual” fathers which gave its name to the kind), Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory and Sodom.

Destruction demos and the first Slayer album were out by this time. Early Venom, Possessed, Mantas and Tormentor's Demo material all were out and somewhat heard of. But there was nothing out there by mid 1984 that was as sick, perverted and evil sounding as this EP. Black Metal owes so much to this that it isn't even funny, and one can only imagine the reactions of the first-time listeners back in 1984. The dawn of Sodom's career blowing away the scene with one of metal's most defining moments.

Just like Kreator's early years, the influences are more than apparent. The first three tracks of this EP totally reek of Hellhammer and Venom which is clearly evident not only in the sound itself but in the appalling technicality and the simplicity of it all. It is simply wondrous how much they were able to achieve so much with so little. There's also a strong Motorhead influence, which gets more apparent towards the end of the EP, especially on Witching Metal. The structures are formulaic despite the fact that they went out of their way to disguise this with unnerving intros. Lots of grinding sinister sounding riffing is accompanied and accentuated by demoniacally possessed growling bass and as they echo all throughout this recording, along with its unconventional drumming, they give it its trademark aura of bare, perverted evilness that it is notorious for. The Lyrics are abysmal.

Tom Angelripper is God-like on vocals. Perhaps Demon-like is more appropriate here. He rips his chords with what is, in my opinion,the most passionate grunt of the time. His performance is simply outstanding, whether he's vocalizing, laughing like a possessed madman, grunting or breathing ruggedly into the microphone as if he's masturbating or infected by a nasty lung disease. To all dilettantes out there and the dime-a-dozen "evil" bands of today, this is how you do it.

Blasphemer's main riff is identical to that of Slayer's amazing Chemical Warfare, but if there's one band that should worry about getting the accuser's finger pointed at them, it's Slayer, because this preceded Haunting The Chapel by a month or so. Though with such a short time period between the releases the most likely explanation is simple coincidence.

Unfortunately, as is the case with all good EPs, the fun doesn't last long, but fortunately, In The Sign Of Evil is now released on the same CD with their first full length (albeit with a messed up tracklist) making it an absolutely essential purchase. I cannot adequately explain what you are missing if this personification of the old school has not found its way into your collection. Hope you check out this album soon if you're a Thrash fan.

4/5 for this Ep.



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SylentEcho
September 4th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know its a short review but theres not much more than this to write about.

kalkal50
September 4th 2007



2386 Comments


Good review, although you should run it through spell check. I'm quite interested in this.

SylentEcho
September 4th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=kakal50]Good review, although you should run it through spell check. I'm quite interested in this.[/quote]Done.

FR33L0RD
September 4th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

IMO,"M-16" "Code Red" "Agent Orange" & "Tapping The Vein" are their best work.

Also IMO, early works by Sodom/Kreator/Destruction are not good but later works by them ruuuuullllllleeeee.

rattlehead42147
September 4th 2007



1345 Comments


good work, i just got this 2 days ago

and finally, the review site is back up!This Message Edited On 09.04.07

kalkal50
September 4th 2007



2386 Comments


damn i was about to buy sputnik

Dethtrasher
September 5th 2007



2211 Comments


Finally some good ol' thrash! I will probably check this out, but as FR33 said, I prefer the newer stuff instead of old stuff. But Persecution Mania still slays Agent Orange imo.

AAH! I can comment stuff now! If you see this Spat Out, don't bother the email I sended to you.This Message Edited On 09.05.07

SylentEcho
September 5th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was waiting for your reply!

You should hear old Sodom, they were awesome, also check out the "Expurse Of Sodomy" Ep by them. My best album by them is "Tapping The Vein".

Dethtrasher
September 6th 2007



2211 Comments


There are hardly any people review thrash on this site nowadays so I have to check out those who do.
Tapping The Vein is pretty damn sweet, but I prefer M-16. I hope you know that Sodom has released a new album, go to metal-archives.com and read about it there.

SylentEcho
September 7th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes of course I know about it. Im going to buy it.

FR33L0RD
September 7th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

^^^Someone need to add it to Sputnick with a review ;)

SylentEcho
September 7th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:D yeah ill try to review it before Deththrasher does but his review will be better than mine

Dethtrasher
September 7th 2007



2211 Comments


Nah, my interest in the ''classic'' thrash bands has somewhat cooled off at the moment. I'm trying to expand my metal interest so go ahead and review it. :thumb:

Set
December 15th 2009



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This came out in 1984.

1984, holy shit.

Dragonforce89
December 21st 2009



325 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome

KJAnsia
January 15th 2010



24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sloppy, raw badassery at it's finest.

ShoeSoup
January 11th 2011



782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the earliest traces of black metal production

ShoeSoup
January 11th 2011



782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and keep in mind this is the same year as ride the lightning, before megadeth or possessed had released anything, and Mantas had just become Death. Sodom is very overlooked in terms of their influence.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2011



16125 Comments


Pretty good album. But they really tear it up on Agent Orange and M-16.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2011



16125 Comments


Sounds awesome. Cygnus X-1 would be pretty easy to turn into a black metal song.



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