Sodom
Obsessed by Cruelty


3.5
great

Review

by SylentEcho USER (21 Reviews)
November 7th, 2007 | 91 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still very Venom influenced, although it finally sounds like thrash here and not just fast NWOBHM. A very solid German thrash album.

This is early Sodom, it's going to sound: chaotic, technically abysmal, unpredictable, menacing, threatening, evil thrash.

Band line-up in 1985/86:
Destructor (Michael Wulf) - Guitars (later Kreator) (1985-1986) R.I.P. 1993
Chris Witchhunter (Christian Dudeck) - Drums (1983 - 1992)
Tom Angelripper - Vocals/Bass (1982 - present)

This is the old school!

Sodom were giving up their Black Metal ways slowly and going towards cryptic and sublimely occult metal with this record. This album is a bit more beefed up compared to their debut Ep. Angelripper's vocals on this album are more mufled, a bit less exaggerated and more thrashy this time around. The music is still very Venom influenced, although it finally sounds like thrash here and not just fast NWOBHM. A very solid and evil German thrash album, Sodom has been able to create the ominous atmosphere in this album naturally but its got its good points and its bad points.

The riffs are really good but they cant be heard properly at all throughout the album, though there are some hysteric solos now and then. There aren't any excessively fast tracks or parts that would spoil the menacing, threatening atmosphere. The drums are really loud in the final mix and Chris Witchhuter's timing throughout the album seems pretty bad but he does some interesting drum fills here and there. The track listing is messed up too, the opening and closing of the album seems ...pretty odd. Doesn't give you that "album" feel if you know what I mean. Really creepy production & odd arrangements which adds to that menacing and threatening feeling that I had mentioned earlier.

But all that doesn't mean that this album is bad, This album was almost ignored upon it's release as a severe mis-step but Sodom would never make another album completely like this one again. Angelripper's vocals are muffled and guttural but it suits the atmosphere very well. The band change the rhythms and peaks of intensity as well as Kreator and this album has a very unique black metal sound to it, although its really extreme thrash recorded like Black Metal.
The display of Sodom's indiscriminate violence throughout this album is very entertaining. If you're into brutal thrash you're going to love this.

Pros:
Really good riffs though they cant be heard so well.
Better vocals this time.
Very evil atmosphere present.
Good changes in tempo and rhythm.
Re-issued many times, the American & UK version is re-sung by the band in a slightly different and more mainstream thrash kind of way.

Cons:
Bad Production
Mediocre drumming
Muffled Vocals
Riffs cant be heard so well
Track list should be rearranged

Recommended Tracks:
Witchammer
Equinox
Obsessed by Cruelty
Brandish the Sceptre
Deathlike Silence

Overall: 3.5/5

Though this album may have its bad points its almost essential for the old school thrash fan. Its pretty rare, so get your hands on this if you can.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SylentEcho
November 7th 2007


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feel free to comment. This Message Edited On 11.07.07

FR33L0RD
November 7th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice little review
my pos vote

I dont like early Sodom albums but later works are truelly good IMO

Confessed2005
November 7th 2007


3314 Comments


The cover art isn't very good. Still, Sodom are pretty cool.

TojesDolan
November 7th 2007


271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty cool album.

Slaytan
November 7th 2007


1186 Comments


Nice review. My favorite Sodom album has to be M-16 though.

FR33L0RD
November 8th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^^^^Yep me too & "Code Red"This Message Edited On 11.08.07

SylentEcho
November 8th 2007


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my fav is Agent Orange, followed by Persecution Mania, "In The Sign Of Evil", M-16 , Code Red and Sodom.This Message Edited On 07.30.08

Wizard
November 8th 2007


19406 Comments


Wow, its Sodom week here in Sputnik world! Nice, concise review. I will be checking these guys out soon!

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Dragonforce89
December 20th 2009


331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Im like the image. Its looks sooooo raw.

Dragonforce89
December 21st 2009


331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its so fucking Brutal!

Terrifyer
September 5th 2010


3403 Comments


ugh cant find the european version in good quality anywhere

TheNotrap
August 13th 2011


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Not really. Influential sure but stiil average IMO

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TheNotrap
August 13th 2011


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Agent Orange is definitely better IMO. These.guys still very immature here

Ire
December 30th 2011


41780 Comments


yea better demos too

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2011


50380 Comments


^what the fuck

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2011


50380 Comments


fuck

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2011


18483 Comments


yeah the demos are the best

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2011


50380 Comments


best demo is Black Sabbath 69 demo

Ire
December 30th 2011


41780 Comments


best demo is Black Sabbath 69 demo



lolno have you even heard post demo sabbath?

KILL
March 5th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

VOLCANIC SLUUUUUUUT

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