Sodom
'Til Death Do Us Unite


3.5
great

Review

by SylentEcho USER (22 Reviews)
November 13th, 2007 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Sodom are a classic German thrash metal band that's been an enormous influence since the early '80s. Their earliest releases were raw, early black metal and they reached their peak with Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. Their subsequent albums like "Get What You Deserve" and "Masquerade in Blood" were really sub-par to the point of being boring and sloppy.
Many consider Sodom to have thrashed it out continuously without interruption throughout their career but the truth is they branch out here and there. "Til Death Do Us Unite" is the album that should have come after "Better off Dead" or after "Tapping The Vein". This is the return of Sodom to its thrashing ways and also adding a modern edge to the music, all in all its more like a thrash/crossover sound here.

The year was 1996, Tom Angelripper didnt get the success he was hoping or for the album "Masquerade in Blood". He was writing a new album by this time and knew he had to make some changes in the band. The current line-up wasn't creating the sound he was hoping for. So he changed both of the other band members for this album and the record label. Sodom left Steamhammer and went to GUN records, which may not have been the best thing to do. However the good thing was that they re-united with producer Harris Johns who said that he was really tired of all the average metal of the 90's until he heard this album.
Sodom never had a stable line-up from the very beginning, Strahli and Atomic Steif were removed from the band this time and Bernemann (Bernd Kost) (Ex-Crows) and Bobby Schottkowski - Drums (ex-Crows, ex-Tom Angelripper) were brought in. The line-up hasn't changed since then, the band has seen much success and its been eleven years with this perfect line-up, a Sodom fan couldn't ask for more.

Line-up:
Tom Angelripper: Vocals/Bass
Bernemann: Guitars
Schottkowski: Drums

The album kicks off with 3 of the best songs that Sodom had made in the 90's, "Frozen Screams" an all out thrasher, "*** The Police" which was their most famous music video and a highly controversial song and "Giesela" which is a German song. There is some non-thrash here too, "That's What an Unknown Killer Diarized" and "'Til Death Do Us Unite" are examples of horrible 90s metal. The albums low points. "Polytoximaniac", "Hazy Shade of Winter" (the Bangles & Simon & Garkunkle cover), and "Hey, Hey, Hey Rock'n Roll Star" which has one of the most hilarious solo's I've heard are examples of Sodom's signature rocking sound.
Angelripper can do some pretty harsh vocals which causes the music to border on death metal at times, but its not seen so much on this album. Certainly not as much as on the previous three albums.

Pros:
Fast paced and catchy thrash songs!
Some good hard rocking songs here too.
Good production.
Much better than the previous two albums.

Cons:
Not a complete thrash album for the normal thrash lover, this album deviates here and there.
Some songs aren't catchy and may seem a little boring.

3.5/5

To conclude, I had heard this CD only once before and remember liking only the first three songs, I heard it again the other day and to my surprise I discovered that I really liked a lot more songs than I had before, so if you think this album was just OK, don't fear, it gets a lot better after you listen to it again. So in short I recommend this to all thrash fans, it really has some good songs on it and the best Sodom line-up since "Agent Orange".



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SylentEcho
November 13th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feel free to comment.

Dethtrasher
November 13th 2007


2211 Comments


I think you should add a bit more info about the music, I can only think of ''Better Off Dead'' when I read this. Is this album similar to ''Better Off Dead''?

SylentEcho
November 13th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no its not....and dude, I Just realized,



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(although these are my real feelings about the album)This Message Edited On 11.30.07

Dethtrasher
November 17th 2007


2211 Comments


Seriously, avoid writing when you're baked. Either way, it's nice to see someone who reviews some thrash once in a while.

SylentEcho
November 17th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was drunk at that time

KILL
July 7th 2009


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cover rules lol

SylentEcho
July 7th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow first comment here in 2 years.

KILL
July 7th 2009


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yer man thats how i roll

Ovrot
November 20th 2010


13303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cover art does rule

Andrewffcc
August 22nd 2011


171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed it does

ohfoxxxycole
January 8th 2012


4352 Comments


cover art

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2012


8062 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Badass album.

Mickeymau5
February 23rd 2012


1614 Comments


cover is lol

KILL
February 23rd 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best ever

coneren
February 23rd 2012


11111 Comments


I agree

ohfoxxxycole
February 23rd 2012


4352 Comments


oh this again

KILL
February 23rd 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listen to it pussy

coneren
February 23rd 2012


11111 Comments


Oh man

KingHarkinian
November 3rd 2012


436 Comments


Probably the best album cover ever. No joke.

InFlamesWeThrash666
December 12th 2014


8558 Comments


Fuck The Police rules

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