Sodom
Persecution Mania


4.0
excellent

Review

by Killahit USER (6 Reviews)
August 1st, 2011 | 19 replies | 3,970 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sodom's second attempt is definitely their best. Hands down.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Sodom are one of the “Big Three” of so-called “Teutonic Thrash” that includes Destruction and Kreator, and share their country with other savage acts such as Tankard and Exumer. Their 1987 album “Persecution Mania” stands out as one of the highlights of an already-superb scene, filled with great vocals (delivered in a German-accented bark), blistering riffs, and energetic drum beat, delivered by the mighty Chris Witchhunter, who tragically passed away a few years ago. In many ways, Sodom’s musical output during this time period could be compared to the trajectory that Sepultura took, in the sense that both were sloppy, raw, extreme black/death metal bands that tightened their sound and changed direction to produce several fine thrash metal albums (and Motorhead covers!).

“Persecution Mania” is one of those albums that goes straight for the throat right from the beginning, kicking things off with “Nuclear Winter”, one of Sodom’s most well-known tracks. The five-and-a-half minute thrasher details the common thrash theme of, what else?, nuclear war, a theme that shows up consistently in Sodom’s lyrics. The music matches the intensity of the lyrical delivery, especially when a “Disposable Heroes”-esque bridge riff is played at around the three-and-a-half minute mark that places the listener in the middle of an apocalyptic wasteland.

Luckily, Sodom is not a band that uses up all their energy on the first track, and “Electrocution” matches “Nuclear Winter” in terms of quality and speed. In fact, the entire album is astonishingly consistent, which is one of the reasons that “Persecution Mania” is widely revered as one of Sodom’s best, along with their 1989 masterpiece “Agent Orange”. Even in the album’s slower moments, there are still plenty of spots that are meant to inspire whiplash-inducing head banging. The guitar solos are handled well, and are a little more melodic than the usual extreme thrash fare, although in this case, “melodic” means “as opposed to atonal” (for atonal solos, see anything off Slayer’s “Reign in Blood”) and shouldn’t be an indicator of commercial traits, as nothing even vaguely commercial appears on the album.

Other standouts include album closer “Bombenhagel” and the Motorhead cover “Iron Fist”. Keep in mind, there aren’t any real low points on the album, and while some would say that this album sounds monotonous due to the lack of variety in the songwriting, many fans would counter that remark with the statement that this lack of variation helps create a consistent feel throughout the album (see Sepultura’s “Beneath the Remains” for a superb album that has faced similar criticism). There is one track that stands out from the rest, the interlude “Procession to Golgotha”, which contains some doomy guitar playing accompanied by haunting keyboards that contribute a substantial atmosphere to the song, and one can imagine being led on a death march to the Place of Skulls, and given the song’s title, this is likely intended. It’s a perfect lead-in to the next song, “Christ Passion”, a six-minute riff monster that contains some of the album’s best moments.

The production is very clear and crisp on this album, particularly with regard to the drums, which rarely cease in delivering thrashy beats. Tom Angelripper’s bass often utilizes distortion to great effect, especially in the title track and the aforementioned “Iron Fist”. The guitar tone is just right for thrash metal, as it’s very crunchy and enhances the quality of the many riffs on this album. The mixing is very good as well, as all the instruments are located perfectly in the mix. Apparently, the band self-produced this one, which proved to pay off, as “Outbreak of Evil” would sound quite different with a change of production style.

If you want to purchase this album (and if you’re, a thrash fan, you probably should) acquiring the version with the bonus tracks is highly recommended, as “Outbreak of Evil” and “Sodomy and Lust” (a tune often covered by Texas thrashers Hexlust) are among the band’s best tracks. Even if you can only get the standard, nine-track album, it’s well worth it, since this is one thrash classic that headbangers shouldn’t be without.

Recommended Tracks

Nuclear Winter
Persecution Mania
Christ Passion
Electrocution
everything else



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This is definitely Sdom's best album and it is also a classic german thrash-metal album....

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Killahit
August 1st 2011



311 Comments


Originally written for:

http://www.alleyofinfiniteangles.com/node/23


And yes, I know the one review a day rule, but this is a review I've been wanting to do today.

And I write this with the full intention it will not be better than metal-militia's or deththrasher's review. It's 1:30 and I feel great.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally written for:

http://www.alleyofinfiniteangles.com/node/23



This site has a strict rule for plagiarism. Than means that when you post a review here, it mustn't already exist elsewhere in the net, otherwise one may get banned for life (his current account at least).

However, since you declare that this review has been posted elsewhere, things might be different for you, but remember the general rule here is to post genuine reviews, which haven't been posted elsewhere.

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KronosRage
August 1st 2011



367 Comments


^ And that's why he negged, lol

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2011



17372 Comments


If it's your review you should be able to post it wherever the fuck you want unless one of the sites claims copyright to it.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't neg.

Pyosisified
August 1st 2011



2450 Comments


album is terrible

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011



7821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well their first records are considered by many Black Metal - 1 Wave BM. This record was their definitely turning point into thrash.

Pyosisified
August 1st 2011



2450 Comments


VH1 classic looooves this albm

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011



7821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I prefer the next one. But Persecution Mania is definitely a thrash classic!

Pyosisified
August 1st 2011



2450 Comments


agent orange is their best

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011



7821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

TIRED AND REEDD!!!

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Outbreak of Evil is pretty much the greatest song ever.

Pr0nogo
August 1st 2011



352 Comments


This is an excellent album.

Also, I review for several sites (and have done so for a while) and none of my reviews have been taken down for that reason.

KILL
August 1st 2011



67177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree balls

Killahit
August 2nd 2011



311 Comments


Well okay good I'm safe then

ThusSpokeZarathustra
August 3rd 2011



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don’t care how amateurish it is or that the drums fall behind sometimes, the disgusting Discharge influenced proto-bm on the first EP is still my favourite of theirs. This is pretty damn great too though.

Plunder
June 26th 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid teutonic thrash album, like Agent Orange better

ThrashK
January 5th 2013



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

PERSECUTION MANIA

driving

me maaad

Inveigh
December 26th 2013



24196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best Sodom album? i think so m/

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