Sodom
Persecution Mania


5.0
classic

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
October 20th, 2006 | 97 replies | 19,156 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

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

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Background Information
Sometimes you wonder if German thrash-metal was or is better than any other thrash-metal in the world, as many thrash-metal bands all over the world were either disbanded after a short period of time or were affected by the mainstream. But some thrash bands still produce good quality thrash like Overkill or Destruction while other bands became "lamer" and the thrash elements are replaced by "radio rock" or something like that. But Germany had a trio of three bands who paved the way for German thrash-metal, Destruction, Kreator and Sodom. These three bands were like pioneers for German thrash-metal during the 80's with their intensive and aggressive music, and they played with intensity and speed right from the start and all of them are still concentrated and hard-hitting even Today. While those three bands didn't make flawless careers, especially Kreator, with front man Mille Petrozza tried to expand or broaden their sound but the band got more industrial rather than thrashier. Kreator did though made a comeback when they revived their early technical thrash formula with the left overs from their experimental time. Destruction was probably the best band of these three but front man Schmier left the band for a short period of time to work with one of his side-projects, but Destruction was charged with new massive thrash energy when Schmier returned to the band. And now we focus on Sodom (finally), this was probably the only band that never mixed their music with other musical genres or anything like that. Sodom were often a step away from the death-metal scene, mostly because of the fact that the band was influenced by bands like Motorhead, Venom and Hellhammer, but Sodom still had enough of thrash in their material to stay within the thrash-metal genre. They did though an attempt to play death-metal in the album called Tapping The Vein but their basic formula has often been fast, frenzied, chaotic and somewhat sinister or evil thrash-metal.

Album Information
Persecution Mania and Agent Orange are two of Sodom's greatest moments but some fans think that Persecution is far more better than Agent and vice versa, and this review will take you on a journey through some of the best German thrash-metal ever created. Welcome to Persecution Mania! And here we go, this album was released in 1987 by Sodom and is (roughly) considered to be their greatest achievement. The crew who made this album possible were Tom Angelripper (vocals and bass), Frank Blackfire (guitars) and Witchhunter (drums). Here you have a good mix of songs, classic "sodomizing'' thrashing energy and even a Motorhead cover (Iron Fist). This album does not deliver highly skilled or very difficult music, as most of the riffs in these songs will remind you of Metallica'searly still of riffing and then mixed with some splashes from Slayer's riffing style. The drum performance is above average drumming, as there are both fast classic thrash patterns and a bit slower and simpler patterns. The overall material has a good variety and the songs have good structures, with songs like The Conjuration and Persecution Mania being straight ahead thrash assaults which have quite intense paces. Then you have songs with more variety, that mix fast and slower tempos one song, like Christ Passion, Bombenhagel and Nuclear Winter are a few songs with this kind of variety. Anyway, this album may not deliver extremely well performed thrash-metal but this is high class thrash, as there are lots of catchy riffs, simple but very heavy and demolishing rhythm sections, intense and varied drumming and you also have chaotic but yet very skilful soloing (Slayer solos but in German style). Tom's vocal work perhaps wasn't top-notch at this album but it still sounds very good. He literally speaks instead of singing at points. Personally I think these vocals gave the album a very cruel atmosphere alongside the half-fuzzy and messy guitar and bass sound.

My Conclusion
Slayer is the only band who could express the right vibes or feel when it comes to pure evil but Sodom were or perhaps is the only thrash-metal band who could express pure cruelty, and especially in this album. There is a very thin or hyper thin line between thrash and death-metal in this album, and it truly is high-voltage thrash but is on the very edge of becoming a death-metal album, and it sounds awesome. I admit that this is not advanced music but it does grabs you by the balls and it won't let go. All the instruments are clearly heard; I enjoy almost every song and I also think that this is Sodom's finest hour. Heck I even think that this is a thrash-metal classic and perhaps one of the greatest albums from the German thrash-trio, ever. Maybe not a full blown classic but it is very close. Thrash-metal fans must have this album in their collection, this album would suit thrashers best but old-school death-metal would probably also enjoy this album a bit.

Pros
+ A very cruel atmosphere is always present
+ Simple but a very catchy and heavy thrash-metal
+ Only these harsh/raspy vocals could make this album sound so good
+ Impressive and skilful solos
+ Good variety in the songs

Cons
- This might not be a good album for those who want to get into the band
- The simplistic music might disappoint the listener

Recommended Tracks
-- Nuclear Winter
-- Bombenhagel
-- Christ Passion
-- Electrocution

This is the best Sodom album yet and is almost close to become a thrash-metal classic, this album will be given a 4.7/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
October 20th 2006



3709 Comments


Good job, I really like your style. Interesting read.

You gotta love those Germans. They talk funny. They've got bands like Sodom. And they've got German power metal. Yay Germany.

south_of_heaven 11
October 21st 2006



5428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, Sodom is quickly become one of my favorite bands. This album is a complete thrasher, and I especially love "Christ Passion". I do like Angelripper's vocals on "M-16" and their self-titled a bit more though.
Good work buddy :thumb:
Oh yea, I'll be getting your 'huge' review back to you today.

Dethtrasher
October 21st 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks
This is my favourite format so I think I will use it for a while. I think these vocals were a bit better, a bit more unique for the band. I like his newer style bit it sounds a bit similar to Schmier.

thrash_fanatic
October 26th 2006



33 Comments


Interesting Review style, and an excellent album!

FR33L0RD
February 23rd 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Beautiful Review
============
My fav tracks:
Christ Passion (4.5/5) .......RRRRRuuuuulllllleeeeesssss
Bombenhagel (3/5)
My Atonement (4/5)
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I prefer Agent Orange(3.5/5) & M-16(3.5/5)
This Message Edited On 02.23.07

WARPATH_88
February 24th 2007



514 Comments


Good review. I love these guys.

SylentEcho
November 4th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Really good review! Youre one of the best.

check out my soundoff for this album.This Message Edited On 11.25.07

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
August 31st 2008



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Must check them out....Quickly......

Satana
November 30th 2008



204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album fucking slays!!

razedtotheground
January 9th 2009



366 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i've been meaning to get this

Possessed
May 28th 2009



37 Comments


killer album i've been meaning to get this for years but i always for get gonna buy it as soon as possible

KILL
September 16th 2009



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nuclear wintaaar!

Digging: Pink Fairies - Never Never Land

Dragonforce89
December 20th 2009



325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. Much better than Agent Orange.

KILL
December 20th 2009



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

false

Dragonforce89
December 20th 2009



325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nope
Rate this 4,5 Instead. This is rawness as best with M16.


BallsToTheWall
February 28th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Outbreak of Evil is well.....pure evil. I find myself growling at my wall.

KILL
October 22nd 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NUCLEAR WINTER

bringing the thrash threads back but i know your all too busy posting in joe doe like fags its cool

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010



19559 Comments


i fucking love nuclear winter.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing for Us Here

KILL
December 28th 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

persecution mania m/

ShoeSoup
February 2nd 2011



782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nuclear winter...



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