Sodom
Mortal Way Of Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by SylentEcho USER (22 Reviews)
November 4th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you want to witness how chemistry between band members and sheer creative spirit can suffice for a hell of a live album then purchase this!

This is Sodom's first live album. Persecution Mania was when Sodom began to hone their own sound which was less bestial, the pronunciation more polished and changes of pace were not so technically allocated.

Despite the turn of music in Persecution Mania, it seems that Sodom was still dealing with black-metal, Tom Angelripper had to tap into that "system" so to speak but now he found it necessary to put an end to the bands black metal ways and this was the way to do it: Persecution Mania followed by a double-live album!
Mortal Way of Live is the first of its kind in thrash, they toasted everyone else with this record, but many thought was a bit too early for this because they just had 2 Ep's and 2 albums out at that time but the timing couldn't be any more perfect. With a name like Sodom its crazy about the different things you can sing about; incest, lust , sodomy, murder, violence, this live album is one big evil package of all that along with its silly satanic lyrics. In Persecution Mania war was their new topic, a bit like beer for Tankard: delusions of persecution in Vietnam on "Persecution Mania," Nuclear War in "Nuclear Winter" and the bombing of civilians in "Bombenhagel" ... Gradually, Sodom builds an identity which was seen in Persecution Mania and Agent Orange with the help of this live album.
The classics "Sodomy and Lust" and "Nuclear Winter" are on here. Of course one of my personal best "Outbreak of Evil" is here too. These versions shine with their variety, a bit different from the studio versions.

At this time, the band still frequented rooms of average size. The heat must have been pretty bad in the small hall they were playing in but you can hear the crowd's enthusiasm & the intensity of hearing their favorite band play. The crowd sings along on many songs and chants of "Sodom" can be heard several times.

There's noticeably less tremolo this time round, some inventive drum fills too but pretty sloppy tempo shifts. The bass is audible.

Pros:
Not bad production for an 80's live album.
Tom Angelripper's vocals and pronunciation are pretty good throughout.
Very good music especially: Nuclear Winter, Iron Fist, Persecution Mania, Sodomy And Lust, everything

Cons:
Bad tempo shifts (but it's excusable because its live)
Some who are used to better production may not like the audio quality.

4/5
If you want to witness how chemistry between band members and sheer creative spirit can suffice for a hell of a live album then purchase this!



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SylentEcho
November 4th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm...feel free to comment on the review.

Can some mod please change the title of this album from "Mortal way of life" to "Mortal Way Of Live"? Thanks.

Dethtrasher
November 4th 2007


2211 Comments


Decent review, I not sure if I will check out any of Sodom's live albums. This one here still has many of my favourite songs, Nuclear Winter and Christ Passion are killer songs.

Wizard
November 4th 2007


20202 Comments


Well written review, I've never listened to these guys.

kalkal50
November 4th 2007


2386 Comments


Very short review, but it was fine. I'm not very interested.

rattlehead42147
November 4th 2007


1345 Comments


seems like you were very excited about the album when you wrote this
i'm intrigued....This Message Edited On 11.04.07

SylentEcho
November 4th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? why does it seem like that? :P

rattlehead42147
November 4th 2007


1345 Comments


dunno just because its so short, like you were so impressed with it that you were trying to fit the maximum details about it in minimum space. it's not a bad thing though. only one suggestion, you might want to make the part that starts "mortal way of live" a new paragraph. but i think the review is good, especially for being very short. i'll get this album eventually, but shouldn't the title be "live" instead of "life"?
oh and i forgot to pos :thumb:

SylentEcho
November 4th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I know its short, I cant write long reviews for some reason



btw, Ive corrected the album title. ;)This Message Edited On 11.07.07

RippingCorpse1986
March 10th 2018


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woooow this album hasn't been commented in more than a decade



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