Sodom
Agent Orange


3.0
good

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 12th, 2006 | 68 replies | 14,930 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


2 of 9 thought this review was well written

During the rising metal-scene during the 80's there was three bands in the thrash-metal genre in Germany who are called �Kreator�, �Destruction� and �Sodom�. These bands were some of the most biggest leaders and/or pioneers in Germany because of their quite raw and straight-ahead thrash-metal which is quite extreme too. �Sodom� is quite extreme in their music-style, combining elements from bands like �Hellhammer� and �Venom� with aggressive thrash-metal. The band members has always been three members, also when new line-ups was a fact they still remained as a trio and the lin-up for this album was:

Tom Angelripper - vocals and bass
Frank Blackfire - guitars
Witchhunter - drums

This album is called �Agent Orange� and it has a few quite big contrasts among the songs, most of the time there is fast and aggressive songs. Some songs sounds more like death-metal songs and the songs also sounds similar to black-metal material. But the biggest contrast songs sounds more like regular rock songs which sounds quite mellow compared to the other tracks. Some songs is also classic thrash-metal, fast drumming and aggressive singing but some songs sounds pretty similar to ealry �Anthrax� for example. Many people have considered this album to be equally as good as the album �Persecution Mania� and/or even better.

Some things that I liked about this album was this kind of 'contrast' for example, I think I would not liked this album if the songs were similar to each other. You can take short pauses between the songs and relax a bit than just listen to the same frantic noise all the time. Another thing that I thought were good about this album was the great balance between the instuments, the only little thing that I always look for is the bass but unfortunatly there is not a lot of bass in this album. The guitars are very good, they don't sound overdone and they are not to low, the riffing is the common high-speed riffing which is also quite uncatchy and chaotic. The drumming changes between maniac fast and hardrock slow, the drum patterns are variating and sometimes quite catchy. The vocals was not a special thing that I noticed so much, Tom sings very aggressive and his vocals appears to be more directed towards death-metal singing. His voice suits their music very well though.

Some things that I didn't enjoy so much was the lack of catchiness in the songs, there was not many songs that grabbed my attention because of the quite big contrasts in the songs. Songs that I found enjoying was songs like �Remeber The Fallen�, a quite mellow song with some catchy tunes and good rhythm. The band is always balancing between death and thrash and I don't enjoy this kind of 'old-school' death-metal. Some songs that I didn't found as good was songs like�Incest� and �Tired And Red�, both songs sounds more like death-metal than thrash in my opinion. �Ausgebombt� is the song that I thought were very similar to �Anthrax� style of thrash but an extremer voice, though I didn't found it good because the structure felt so 'simple'.

I guess thats all my friends, this is the first �Sodom� album that I have heard and I thought it didn't sound so good. I listen to much thrash-metal nowadays but I didn't found this album amusing, the songs sounds pretty much as old-school death-metal and that was the thing that disappointed me a bit. The other two bands �Kreator� and �Destruction� is far more better than this band, but it is wrong of me to judge this band now when I have only heard one album of many from this band. Anyway, if you enjoy extreme-thrash or death-metal you should get this album. I would not recommend it to people who like the more melodic thrash-metal bands.

PROS
+ Good balance between the instruments
+ Pretty good variation of songs
+ If you want extreme music, this is something for you

CONS
- When the band turns on the extreme it may sound like other similar sections in the songs
- Even some songs may songs quite similar
- There is not many catchy moments in the songs

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Agent Orange
-- Remeber The Fallen
-- Exhibition Bout

The overall album rating will be: 3/5



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Apocalyptic Raids
July 12th 2006



810 Comments


Classic album, and at least a 4. :mad:

It's Sodom best IMO, just infront of Persecution Mania.

Nice review, and great to see someone who likes reviewing Thrash.This Message Edited On 07.12.06

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Many thanks, and yes I guess I did a low rating on this album so I might fix it.
It seems that I'm one of few that has reviewed such many thrash-metal bands (yet). I just love this kind of music which I think is the most important metal-genre. It is the root to all metal-genres IMO.

FR33L0RD
February 22nd 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review by the Thrasher
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Good album (for me)
but last 3 songs are just bad fillersThis Message Edited On 02.22.07

Dethtrasher
February 22nd 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm pretty bored by this album nowadays but ''Remember The Fallen'' is a true classic.

blackmilk
August 18th 2007



584 Comments


"Remember the Fallen" is the worst song.

jrowa001
August 18th 2007



8750 Comments


i have yet to listen to this sodom album yet. i might just stick with m-16

blackmilk
August 18th 2007



584 Comments


Or you could actually listen to their good albums.

FR33L0RD
August 18th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Deth
Indeed, "Remember The Fallen" is a good piece of Thrash Metal

SylentEcho
September 5th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Nice review! I love this album.

Dethtrasher
September 6th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@FR33
If you liked that song you must get the cover that Dark Funeral made, it's even better.

FR33L0RD
September 6th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^^ i will, thanks

SylentEcho
September 17th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sodom were big fans of Tank and the last song "Dont Walk Away" is a Tank cover. :D

rattlehead42147
October 30th 2007



1345 Comments


yeah.... i was wondering what the hell was wrong with you when i saw you reviewed this for a 3 deth being the big thrash guy of the site but this album really is only worth a 3. PM and M16 kill this.This Message Edited On 10.31.07

Dethtrasher
October 31st 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True rattle, Remember The Fallen is the only song I listen to from this album.

SylentEcho
November 4th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Incest, Tied and Red, Exibition Bout, Baptism of Fire are classics IMO, much better than Remember the Fallen.

ReturnToRock
November 6th 2007



3448 Comments


Ausgebombt = great.

Agent Orange = even better.

Haven't heard anything else, but the prospects are good, eh? ;)

ZombieMetalhead
September 8th 2008



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

R.I.P Witchhunter, may you be in the heart of Thrash Metal Forever

thrasher1348
December 8th 2008



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

classic

rip Witchhunter

quaazi
January 10th 2009



200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The riffing on the title track is so evil it denies King and Hanneman entrance to hell. :P

hellohelicopter
January 10th 2009



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely prefer Persecution mania



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