|My Sodom Albums List WORST to BEST|
At one point in time, Sodom was one of the premier Thrash Metal band of the 80's and 90's. Founded in Gelsenkirchen, Sodom's music would influence Thrash Metal for the next 20 years. Here is my personal list of their albums Worst to Best.
'Til Death Do Us Unite
Despite being produced by the returning Harris Johns, 'Til Death Do Us Unite is the worst Sodom record of all time. From its rehashed tone and style to it's poor as Hell production, not to mention their absolute piss poor Simon and Garfunkel cover; TDDUU was a surprisingly bad album coming after a string of critical and commercial successes.
The Final Sign of Evil
Their first album since 1985 to have the original Sodom lineup, The Final Sign of Evil was another surprisingly poor output from a band known for doing better. When an original lineup returns it is usually a dream come true for fans, unfortunately it instead turned into a nightmare.
The prime example of Sodom refusing to even try at making good thrash anymore. This was just another churned out album with 0-no effort done to set it apart. On the bright side, "Rolling Thunder" was one of the best tracks Sodom had released in years.
In War and Pieces
Produced by Waldemar Sorychta, In War and Pieces showed signs of improvement, but ultimately failed to live up to its own expectations. Poor tracks, generic sound, and boring production.
When I talk about Sodom's s/t, the only thing that comes to mind is "Well it could've been worse." Bringing in Andy Brings as a producer proved to be the beginning of bad ideas for Sodom.
Epitome of Torture
Continuing the mediocre output of the mid-late 2000's, Epitome of Torture was another by-the-numbers output that continued Sodom's downward descent from their glory days and into much darker times. It was tough to listen to, but that's how the cookie crumbles.
Get What You Deserve
To be fair, Get What You Deserve wasn't going to top Sodom's 80's releases, but Get What You Deserve was a great release at a time where Sodom was experiencing massive popularity. It had great tracks, heavy production, and some off Angelripper's best vocals. Also, "Jabba the Hutt" is a guilty pleasure of mine.
After dropping the ball with Til Death Do Us Unite, Sodom went back to the studio with Harris Johns to find out what went wrong and how they could fix it. Code Red was the result of that introspection and was a massive improvement over their previous album.
Masquerade in Blood
The interesting thing about Uli Pösselt's production is in how he allowed the band to just be themselves, without providing much input except when digital effects are concerned. Still, Masquerade in Blood was a standout release as Sodom trail blazed straight into the 1990's.
Tapping the Vein
This was the final album produced by Harris Johns until 1997, and Tapping the Vein was a good sendoff for the longtime Sodom collaborator. Tapping the Vein didn't really change the style of Sodom much, but it made up for that fact in raw energy, organic production, and ripping vocals.
This was the absolute final album produced by the venerable Harris Johns, and it remains the tipping point between when Sodom was good, and when they began to drop in quality. M-16 retains the hard hitting quality that permeated Code Red, but with a more assured production and heavier sound. A cult favorite among fans, this Vietnam War concept album remains one of Sodom's finest post-80's albums.
Better Off Dead
The final album of the 1980's closed the chapter on Sodom's most distinguished and beloved era. Better Off Dead continued Sodom's ascent into critical and commercial success. It was a tremendous album, and the final album of Sodom's golden age.
Obsessed by Cruelty
Obsessed by Cruelty is one of Sodom's most underrated albums. Their debut shook the ground of Thrash Metal and propelled Sodom into the forefront of the Thrash scene of the 80's. Overlooked nowadays, Obsessed by Cruelty remains one Sodom's finest hours.
Much more focused than their debut, Persecution Mania added Frank Blackfire to the band, and he brought a breath of fresh air to their sophomore album. Featuring an even heavier sound, and a more layered production, Persecution Mania continued Sodom's dominance over the Thrash sphere that would extend over the rest of the 1980's.
There is no other Sodom album worthy of this title. After releasing Persecution Mania in 1987, Sodom hired producer Harris Johns to help redefine their sound. Angelripper applied his fascination with the Vietnam War into the lyrical content, and Harris helped the band apply new effects and rhythms that would define Sodom's later discography. Agent Orange was ambitious, and it matched that ambition with force, willpower, and manic energy.