Sodom
In War and Pieces


4.5
superb

Review

by Pepe Silvia USER (15 Reviews)
November 20th, 2010 | 150 replies | 24,464 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sodom stays the course, with a slightly more melodic approach, and delivers

In War And Pieces is Sodom's 13th studio LP, and for the most part it's typical Sodom, feeling a natural progression from the 2006 S/T album, which displayed a little bit more melody than Sodom fans are accustomed to. It's also the band's best release since M-16, and belongs with that, Agent Orange, and Persecution Mania in the upper echelon of Sodom's staggering discography.

Angelripper is a monster, as usual, but I'll go right ahead and say it: Bernemann owns this record. His solos are dense, have multiple sections, and rare leave anything to be desired. Each one adds a lot to the music around it, and makes it better. Just like a guitar solo is supposed to do. The riffs, however, are in another universe. This is actually the one aspect of the record that sticks out, and feels just a little unlike Sodom (certainly not for the worse), as a few of them seem to dabble in melodic death metal territory. Check out The Art of Killing Poetry and Through Toxic Veins for examples. Bernemann's faster riffs are top-notch as well, with the riff to Nothing Counts More Than Blood being one of the more energetic and creative (and still simple) thrash riffs I've heard lately. Overall, think Kreator's Violent Revolution, just with a Sodom spin and not quite as... soft, as VR got at times.

Despite Bernemann's dominance, the other band members definitely aren't slacking off. Bobby Schottkowski meant business on this album, and his driving thrash beats lift Hellfire, Knarrenheinz, and Nothing Counts to a whole other level. His all-around playing is very impressive too. He's no Dave Lombardo, but Bobby delivers arguably the best performance of his Sodom career. Frontman Tom Angelripper is, well, Tom Angelripper. His Araya-like shout can get monotonous at times, and I'd wish he'd throw out more growls, but overall a solid outing. I won't lie and say he's aging like fine wine, but he is the voice of Sodom, and would have to try awful hard to actually take anything away from the music.

This record had a real chance to be perfect, but unfortunately there are a couple of duds. Soul Contraband and Styptic Parasite just aren't that interesting. Both are fairly mid-paced, and feature little of the forceful guitar melody that makes some of the other slower tracks so awesome. I'm not saying that they're terrible, but they're definitely the low points of the album. I'd recommend pretty much every other track on the album, as they're all very diverse, have their own unique perks, and just ***ing slay. In War and Pieces. Get it, through however means you deem appropriate.

Recommended Tracks:
Hellfire
Through Toxic Veins
Nothing Counts More Than Blood
The Art of Killing Poetry



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Jesuslaves
November 20th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's been released in Germany but isn't out officially in the U.S. till January.

I know the review sucks but this needed one. :]

KILL3
November 20th 2010


601 Comments


DUDE

Jesuslaves
November 20th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of those are troll 5's I think. Still, good shit.

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010


3403 Comments


not a troll 5 i just havent listened to it yet

ShadowRemains
November 20th 2010


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its going to get deleted man

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KILL3
November 20th 2010


601 Comments


yea i'd give this like a 4 only listened to it twice though

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010


3403 Comments


pretty sure this doesnt get released anywhere in europe until 22nd november

Jesuslaves
November 20th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its going to get deleted man


wtf its been released in germany

but you spooked me so saving and e-mailing to self.

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010


3403 Comments


edit: the album was freleased yesterday in germany so it should be fine

KILL3
November 20th 2010


601 Comments


same

ShadowRemains
November 20th 2010


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i would like to hear some more of the snarls from Tom though, he's one of the best at those in the business

Ovrot
November 20th 2010


10494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album Cover alone warrants a 5.
Album is really sick though.
Might be a actual 5. Album is so badass.


And shouldn't it be
Sodom SLAYS the course, with a slightly more melodic approach, and delivers

Hawks
November 20th 2010


35824 Comments


Nice review dude. I haven't heard too much from Sodom, but I really like what I have heard. I'm not too big on thrash.

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coneren
November 20th 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta get soon and thrash my cunt off

ShadowRemains
November 20th 2010


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you better

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010


3403 Comments


listen to their bm stuff then derp

ShadowRemains
November 20th 2010


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd also say this is their best since M-16

KILL3
November 20th 2010


601 Comments


breakbeat metal sonic

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010


3403 Comments


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bm = ~BlAcK~^_^~MeTaL~

Inveigh
November 20th 2010


24958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this review a lot slaves, dunno why you think it sucks.

Album thrashes hard too, good shit. I only have this, Agent Orange and M-16, but they all rock.

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