Sodom - The Final Sign Of Evil
One of thrash's longest-running and most successful world-wide acts, Germany's Sodom have been a force off and on for the better part of two decades, and have recently enjoyed an envigorating rejuvenation on the scene. When Steamhammer approached them with a simple query; were there any tracks from their original "In The Sign Of Evil" EP sessions that didn't make it onto the album, the band responded with another EP's worth of material. What's more remarkable is what took place next; the entire original band, all three of the original Sodomizers, agreed to recreate all of the original songs together. This is the first time they've produced something as a unit since 1985. Pretty cool.
So, I bet you're asking; is there any rust? None that I can hear. They're still thrashing away, still carrying heavy black undertones and I for one am psyched to hear the original outfit go to town on these full-out thrash attacks. The unreleased songs fit in seamlessly with the originals, and the final results are a cohesive album of brilliant classic blackened thrash. I love the slow-paced grin of "Sons of Hell" and the punkish ruckus of "Where Angels Die" as my favorites among the "new" tracks. "Witching Metal" is still a favorite after all these years.
It's great to hear the original Sodom once again, and to hear them in such great shape after all these years. The last year they made any music was the year of my birth, a whole 23 of 'em ago. That's something. When you can come back after all that time and still produce great pieces of studio magic like The Final Sign Of Evil, you know you have something special.
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