Changelog for update 0.26. “That’s it! It therefore comes as no surprise that this special elixir brings strange moments to light. Very similar to Bathory's first LP, and both of them were integral to the first wave of black metal a.k.a Blackened Thrash. The band was initially formed by Tom as a desperate attempt to get out of having to work in coal mines in his home town of Gelsenkirchen. Alongside Slayer and Bathory, Sodom is considered as a crucial influence to both the emerging black and death metal scenes. Each one of these five songs is unique and personal, and deserves to be dissected and analyzed in order to obtain a complete, accurate description. This ep quickly snags your attention with its cultist cover art. Their tenure within this style was relatively short, as on their first full length they were headed towards something closer to a pure thrash style, but along with the “Victims Of Death” demo, this little EP is about as good as it gets if your looking for something that really captures the darkened intensity of the early scene. Each of the three most well known German Thrash bands - Sodom, Kreator and Destruction in case you're curious - undeniably have their own sound; and Sodom's role in the gang is the simple, almost punkish but always heavy sound, tweaked regularly throughout their career. The intro for the aforementioned Sepulchral Voice is particularly haunting, and memorable moments are scattered throughout the cramped space ("Blasphemerrrr!!!!). I guess a strong current of utmost despair and burning desire can prick the social consciousness harder than a combined prayer unleashed by the entire Vatican personnel… three musketeers from the Isles called Venom, would you believe, have released a full-length titled “Welcome to Hell”. Genesis XIX (07:09) 05. The drums are the tightest aspect of this album. All things considered, In The Sign Of Evil is a very good piece of early black/thrash and a milestone in the road to nowadays black metal. In those days, there were only few groups doing that: Hellhammer, Bathory and Sodom. Alright, first things first - sloppy...oh yeah. But In the Sign of Evil is nowhere near as good as Sodom's future output, and suffers from tedium by the end. Its highlights, the two tracks mentioned above, are essential study for any musician wishing to explore this field, and the album as a whole has aged better than other Sodom releases, but its state of incompleteness - halfway to a new vision its authors clearly are unwilling to adopt, and reliance on older forms they can only partially stomach, producing anomie of musical development - makes it at best an occasional listen. Some regimen of the band's future, more complex metallic embellishments does rear its head from time to time, but for the most part, the songs here were written through simplistic structures that generally alternate between 1 or 2 riffs. in other words, the awkwardness of the formation built a bridge to the then juvenile listeners; they could perfectly identify with the "artists". Though this was probably much more influential on the later black metal scene than what most of what came after this was aimed at, every self-respecting thrash fan should have this in their collection as a historical proof that the thrash genre can be a lot more versatile then most give it credit for. The gloomy/punkish/thrashy riffs, the pounding drums up tempo. Since the beginning, Tom’s main influences have always been British heavy/speed bands: Venom, Motorhead, Tank, Raven and similar stuff, pretty much like most thrash bands which were forming in those years. Sodom on englantia ja tarkoittaa Sodomaa. The rest of them aren't too hot either, but it's their sheer fierceness that commands respect. Its as fast as Slayer, yet as sloppy as Venom...and it sounds fucking great! The timing is not perfect, the songs lack of compactness and 90 percent of the riffs are painfully simple. Their about as far back in the mix as the guitars, which adds to the raw nature of this EP. Vervollständigen Sie Ihre Sodom-Sammlung. This EP is perhaps an overlooked influence on the black and thrash that came after it. Listening to thrash landmarks like “Persecution Mania” and “Agent Orange”, the fan can’t help but fondly remember the band’s early days, when the chances for this semi-amateurish team to become more than redundant noise-mongers were very minimal… so this Manfred Schütz guy was right; the guys did sell a lot of records, and probably quite a few from the EP here as well… after all, it never hurts to check how bare-chested enthusiasm can make you heard, over the hills and far away, and probably inspire you to try and match the latter with at least a dignified sniff of musical dexterity. It’s this bent, hostile production, in combination with Tom’s (at the time) unique approach to vocals, that lends the blackened vibe so many pick up on within this EP. Finishing with stripped down and re-arranged versions of older songs, "Persecution Mania" is on the whole mid-paced and often lukewarm owing to its lack of clear vision, both aesthetically and musically, yet can be a fertile ground of study for those who are curious as to the prototypical state of death and black metal. All those “satanic” cliches and “evil” vibes that, in those years, were pursued by bands like Venom, Hellhammer and Bathory, are findable on this EP in the most extreme, most paroxysmal, yet most “primitive” way you could ever imagine, sounding totally “alien” in comparison to any other band of those years. 2013 Epitome of Torture. They consist of Old school Blackened Thrash riffs based heavily on Venom and a good dose of punk. The least musically adept of this holy triumvirate, even more so during these early stages, Sodom managed to procure a niche for themselves in the mid-80’s if based on enthusiasm and drive, and little else. The first sign that this EP is complete Venom worship is that the band is a 3 piece outfit (just like Venom) and that they took shocking (and somewhat silly) stage names. Obviously, this is only the infantile precursor to the technical, focused riffing of the band's legendary efforts Persecution Mania and Agent Orange, and there might not be such a memorable piece here as "Nuclear Winter" or "Agent Orange", or even "Sodomy and Lust", but the band's boundless energy is already in place, and "Burst Command Til War" serves as a fitting foreshadow to the band's later obsession with warfare and post-warfare themes. Yet these are more or less exactly the lyrics that we also would have penned back in 1985, but we did not have the courage and / or stamina to buy instruments, learn how to play, write songs (or something that can almost be called songs), give concerts and neglect our bourgeois life. "Blasphemer" is an unholy mess held together by frenzied rhythms and a rabid chorus while vocalist Angel Ripper laughs at you like a demon thrilled to be throwing you into the fire. “In The Sign of Evil” is proof that you don’t need an extravagant production budget or anything more than adequate musical talent to create an exemplary heavy metal record. So, well, they are not only my favourite thrash metal band (with “Persecution Mania” and “Agent Orange”), but, thanks to their earliest releases, they’re also the peak of that kind of extreme metal I described in the first paragraph. This is the most Venom sounding song on the EP. Available with an Apple Music subscription. ”My life begins at midnight twelve... One of these was Germany’s Sodom, who stepped up to the plate with their spiked bat ready to take on all comers. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. One, maybe two Saxon albums blow by along with possibly an oddball Samson album, perhaps Michael Schenker Group and some Scorpions, Krokus, Y&T, Sabbath, Billy Squier (groan), and probably, oh I don't know, Status Quo and Ratt. An original middle 1980s black metal/thrash crossover that quickly became highly refined speed/black metal with albums such as "Agent Orange" and "Persecution Mania. I mean, at that time I was pretty used to bombastic sounds (even Iron Maiden, in the 80s, being signed with EMI, used to have quite expensive productions), but when I listened to songs like “Blasphemer”, I didn’t even bother to notice the difference between professional and amateurish engineering, nor I did for the extremely sloppy production of “Obsessed by Cruelty”. Department. You're just hoping something slipped in there that's going to rip the carpet off the floor when you put it on. Angelripper's vocals are screamed and true bestial, very evil; so forget the ones of the last period or even the ones on 1987-1990 period. Well, it can, and not only but this raw pristine recording becomes a sensation literally overnight, turning its creators into the stars of the show. Nicht mehr mein Land (04:29) 06. A tiny, then-scary intro leads into rumbling guitars backdropping animalistic snarls and a blurb of finger-tapping. Through the years, it has proven to be noteworthy not only for the punk undercurrents and venomous onslaught it gestates, but also its seminal influence upon the dire future of black metal. Who knows, or cares, they both rule). None of those were better musicians, but they somehow got luckier in intriguing the respective recording companies a bit earlier. There’s only one small obstacle on the way: the don’t really know how to play. Actually to be honest this album is complete Venom worship. Tom Angelripper's vocals are the blueprint for what many black metal bands would copy, and Witchhunter's drums, while sloppy, are full of energy and honesty. The refrain is one of the most extreme things at the time. The guitars are heavy, fast and unmelodic. As subtle as a tragic blimp disaster, this savage track unhinges anything that isn't bolted down and banishes all innocence to another plane...and he's still laughing. The vocals are very evil. I can say that this is my favorite EP from the 80's behind Haunting the Chapel, so anyone who enjoys real metal that would rip your carpet up at home should give this a spin. “Burst Command Til War” sort of preempts the mixing of vocal effects and synthetic sounds with the black metal formula, which a lot of black and death acts later picked up on. However, in this case, it’s not enough to describe each peculiarity of the record in a generic and ambiguous way. For example with this EP they had a more black metal approach and then they turned to a purest form of thrash. There’s a remarkable similarity with the main riff of Slayer’s “Chemical Warfare”, but the funny fact is that “In the Sign of Evil” came out some months before “Haunting the Chapel”. 2010 In War and Pieces. If you are new to Sodom then this would probably be a good start. Grave Violator’s riffs are extremely simple to play even for a beginner thrash guitarist, yet they’re absolutely genial for that time and deliver unique, intense demonic atmospheres that no one else was able to create in 1984 (not even Celtic Frost); Chris Witchhunter’s drumming is still sloppy and unformed, but, despite his limited skills, the guy shows to be very exalted, grinding out headache-inducer fast tempos which are often very inaccurate with the actual paces of the songs (but, well... this just helps in terms of rawness! Then, a dark intro riff comes in, along with Tom’s maniac, squeaky growls; and, after a creepy little solo (which gives atmosphere), “Outbreak of Evil” opens the onslaught, with blasting, insane rhythms and a perfect, coherent series of wicked fast riffs which manage to be extremely catchy and memorable at the same time, if sometimes slightly sloppy and repeated too much times. Pedants usually pick up on Witchhunter's out-of-time drumming too...while I'm not drum buff, I might just have been listening to Sodom for too long and become immune to some of the failings, but I don't hear anything too out of place. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. Sodom, todos conocen a Sodom. and then… a miracle occurs, god forbid! This infernal blackened thrasher reminds us how without Sodom, there’d be no Toxic Holocaust, Hellripper, etc. Witching Metal is the one that brings the points down a bit. The song ends with some weird sound effects before a short outro stars up with the sound of an exploding nuclear bomb. A song that awkwardly transitions into follow-up “Sodom & Gomorrah.” So, that’s my first beef with Genesis XIX. At this early stage (now you can actually hear the songs - see the Witching Metal demo...) that sound was a Blackened Thrash one, god knows how long before people decided to put a label on what happens when two sub-genres that exist so naturally together get fused into a natural but nasty mass. There are also some clear hardcore punk influences, audible on the pre-chorus and the chorus, but these riffs sound surely more evil than anything ever created by Anti-Nowhere League, The Exploited, Discharge, Poison Idea or Charged G.B.H.. Tom’s vocals bring right in your ears some historical words of Sodom’s discography: In that sense, I’d say that Sodom’s mission was undoubtedly achieved. Tom Angelripper is a master of guttural vocals and proves it on this EP, he sounds quite demonic and sings on the lower side. They also have that chugging sound that thrash metal is known for. It has some normal singing but it's just not very catchy. If I only knew where my "In the Sign of Evil" shirt is. Okay yah, there may be those that say that Hellhammer sounds bad, so then you'll probably think this sounds equally as bad, but for what it is, it gets the job done. This leads up to a song called Burst Command Till War. and the rawest examples of 90s’ Scandinavian-derived black metal (Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone and similar names, usually excluding the most “symphonic” edge of bands such as Emperor, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir or Limbonic Art). Skip to main search results Amazon Prime. Statistics. This is a very important release for 1984. Satanic lyrics were the way of the day even for bands like Widow, Cloven Hoof, and Demon. Customer Review. Sodom opened me a world and worked as one of the biggest contributes to my true musical formation, traumatizing me deeply and clearing my mind about what extreme metal should be (still without any closed-mindedness towards other subgenres or stylistic variations, if I actually find them valid). In addition to the overall more black metallish atmosphere, there is a very punkish element through the constant use of power chords, and the general sloppiness. Songs: Nuclear Winter, Agent Orange, Code Red, What Hell Can Create, The Saw Is the Law.. Members: Tom Angelripper, Frank Blackfire, Yorck Segatz, Toni Merkel. One of the best on the EP. This song has weird vocal effects on Angel Rippers voice to make him sound more evil but it just makes him sound sillier than anything. Of the ‘Big 4’ of Teutonic thrash (at least my big 4), Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, and Tankard, I’ve always been drawn to Sodom the least, so it speaks volumes of their quality that I still listen to them a good deal. Since I'm such a huge Venom fan it's not surprising that this is my favorite song on the EP. The Engrish lyrics aren't too hard to uncover, especially when laid out plain for you with a song title like Burst Command Til War, and admittedly can be fairly amusing. This EP now seems to be irrevocibly paired with Obsessed By Cruelty, which is highly appropriate and no problem to anyone. I first got into Sodom by listening to albums far later in their career. If they tell their parents they want money in order to become the rowdiest metalheads in town, they’ll be grounded for weeks, maybe even months, in the best-case scenario… it’s so sad, this situation, cause the youngsters know that even in their current, barely amateurish status they can still make an impact. (Today, I have no longer muscles and I also do not find this shirt anymore. The up tempo parts on “Burst Command ‘Till War" are awesome and really nasty, while the refrain is pure violence with screams and an orgy of riffs. The lyrics, too, manage to capture perfectly the pure essence of blasphemy in metal, offering what’s probably the greatest “blasphemous/satanic/antichristian” song ever made. This and "Obsessed By Cruelty" is what got me into Sodom. Its laurels by no means rest on musical merits, and its pioneering value would have been bigger if released a bit earlier. Artist: Sodom Album: Genesis XIX Country: Germany Genre: Black, Speed Metal (early); Thrash Metal (later) Quality: Mp3, CBR 320 kbps (CD-Rip) + Scans / FLAC (img.cue.log) + HQ-Scans / FLAC 24-44 Info Tracklist: CD 01: 01. SITE NEWS. I just went nuts for that music, listening to it over and over and beginning to love thrash metal and extreme metal in general. These are conventional Metal riffs played from fast to breakneck (for '84 I guess - see Sepulchral Voice) as opposed to conventional Master of Puppets Thrash-style riffs (and I know that album hadn't been released yet, shush) or traditional tremelo Black Metal riffs. ”It’s time to die, Imagine the zombies joining the SS and getting Angelripper as their commander. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. 1-16 of 24 results for CDs & Vinyl: Metal: Black Metal: Sodom. The album kicks off with a very short atmospheric intro that leads into the first song Outbreak of Evil. The album kicks off with my choice cut, “Sodom and Gomorrah”. Lyrics...about evil, war and Satan (black metal only existed back then as an album title and song, not really as a style. Alot of the riffs reflect what Bathory was doing at the same time, such as the evil riffs in "Outbreak Of Evil", or "Burst Command Til War". Though they don't push any boundaries for the genre in terms of musicianship, and were arguably at least being equalled at the time in extremity (certainly surpassed now), the idea is the same then as it is now - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is where the first thrash metal influences began to be mixed with another kind of violence and rawness that up till then it was unique and rare. There also seems to be some elements of Slayer as well. Grave Violater, winner of the local "Youth Researches" competition, has found out how to draw the most scrubbing tones from his guitar while running up and down the scales and Witchhunter is obviously possessed by inner demons. The production helps attain an evil atmosphere so necessary for black metal. Albums include Agent Orange, Persecution Mania, and In the Sign of Evil. With this definition, I’m practically classifying the whole 80s’ proto-black metal wave (heavy/thrash/proto-death bands with a raw/occult edge, like Venom, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Mercyful Fate, Sarcofago, early Sepultura, early Kreator etc.) death stands behind the door, “Blasphemer” gets extremely close to that same profane display of perpetually fast drumming and obscured speed riffing that was regularly employed by Bathory on their debut. Even Bathory’s debut (that was going to come out few months later) is a far cry from this level of rawness, which sometimes reaches even grotesque levels! The band's name also screams of an early black metal band. Therefore this is without a doubt a classic. Sodom discography - List of the top rated albums by Sodom. Even Quorthon didn't know what he was creating - this is not a difficult concept to grasp, people) with not a sign of prose in the bunch. star of this legacy. The band's name also screams of an early black metal band. Even Slayer's "Chemical Warfare" was not as fast as Sodom was in 1984. However, the guys did succeed in becoming the most brutal German outfit as neither Destruction’s “Sentence of Death” nor Kreator’s “Endless Pain” could match its over-the-top intensity. Sodom is a blackened speed metal band formed in 1981 by Onkel Tom Angelripper. There are only five songs here but this record clocks in at over eighteen minutes. The result? "Burst Command Til War" has very demonic vocals and the song itself appears to be war oriented. Mid ranged mostly, though some lower pitched growls appear. They have very basic knowledge of how to handle the guitar and the bass, of how to bash the drums until they crack, but what comes out of their combined efforts so far is a bit more than semi-organized noise. En sus comienzos estaban bastante alejados de la escena Thrash, estaban orientados al Black/Speed Metal fruto de la influencia como podría ser la obvia Venom. "Blasphemer" breaks out a broken thrash melody before the drums charge forward, and I've always found it curious how similar the primary guitar rhythm in the verse feels to Slayer's "Chemical Warfare". They subconsciously know that the already started metal revolution needs raw unpolished teams like them… only if they weren’t so shy and so indecisive; they don’t want to become the laughing stock of the underground with their very first (un)officially released tunes… The classic era, when the bands sound was more proto-black metal and Sodom released its undisputed classics Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. Sodom - Obsessed By Cruelty (Metal Blade, 1986) To some extent, the 80s was about discovering the black within metal and like many of the entries on this list, one could interpret a lot of early Sodom as simply evil-sounding thrash. Now for hardcore metal fans Venom's popular song Witching Hour and this song not surprisingly sounds JUST LIKE a Venom tune. Emerging in the early 1980s, the group took cues from Mercyful Fate, Accept, and Venom, among others, and from the New Wave of Brit…. Blind Superstition (01:02) 02. This is a pretty raw and evil sounding EP. The music seems to have a bit of an early black metal influence, maybe even punk too. As those tendrils grew and enveloped the world, new appendages began to grow from the dirty, terrifying entity that was just burgeoning into what we now call extreme metal. “Witching Metal” is another straight-to-the-point song: it features a single, catchy riff which sounds extremely wicked and really genial in its simplicity. After this intro, an extremely intense fast riff comes in, and Witchhunter goes nuts behind the drumkit, hammering like a fucking animal without control. The production overall is not bad considering but it doesn't help the potential some of these songs have. It wasn’t until after those Bay Area barons of evil exploded with Show No Mercy, however, that Sodom began to garner world notice, with this, their debut EP, In the Sign of Evil. Sodom evidently had a very bad understanding of english at this point. The vocals are always so extreme and raw… The intro to “Blasphemer” with fast guitar riffs and distorted laughs/screams is awesome. Listen free to Sodom – Thrash Black Metal. BLASPHEMER!” This is not so much about impressing the listener with the music, but showing just how far metal was capable of going in 1984, and though its speed would be surpassed, it remains a landmark in Germany's speed/thrash history (not to mention black metal on the world stage), and still sounds pretty good by today's standards, when compared to all the retro underground acts who trip over themselves to achieve the same archaic appeal. They please with a certain degree of catchiness (the legendary "shrill cries, angel dies" chorus of "Outbreak of Evil" is an earworm) and the three-piece keeps an eye on variety, as far as that is possible in view of the musical limitations. Now comes Witching Metal. The thing that still nowadays shocks me the most if I think about those old times is that, the first time I listened to this EP, the bad production didn’t remotely annoy me. With stage names reminiscent of Venom and Hellhammer, eye make-up ala Slayer's first lp, bullet belts and leather, you give this five-songer a shot. If these Venom lads can bathe in fortune and glory playing like that, so can we! It's an interesting release but not necessarily a "must have". You got it. This is pretty much what you would expect from an underground thrash metal band that's just starting out. Since they are one of my all-time favorite bands is safe to say I am also VERY familiar with their sound. The drum-sound is pretty “over-the-top”, while the guitars sound very, very muffled and confused, at the point that sometimes you can’t even distinguish the palm-muted riffing, and you have the doubt that they were being played in a punkier way, rather than the common thrashy style of the band. It’s an appropriate opener as it’s a throwback to the band’s original black metal sound. Band Biographies. "Witching Metal", one of the band's earliest tunes, having appeared on both demos prior to this EP, is possibly my least favorite of its contents, sounding heavily like a sloppy, charging Venom track with a swift kick in the ribs, but I do enjoy the lead sequence and I find it hard to fault lyrics like 'Metal War Sodom, Wildfire Sodom, Bloodlust Sodom, Witching Metal!' 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