Sodom – Decision Day
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Growing up in the states as a young thrasher in the 80’s, the German thrash bands had a slight mysticism to them that our homegrown thrash bands seemed to lack. Their sound was more aggressive and usually just downright nasty. It was majestic and downright alluring to my ears. While the list of great bands from Germany seemed endless, there were three bands that stood at the top. The mighty triumvirate of Destruction, Kreator, and of course – Sodom were the “big three of Teutonic thrash.” Tankard, Protector, Darkness and many others also fought the fight, but in the end, there was no denying who the victors were.
Fast forward through the years and all three bands are still releasing quality albums. They may not be garnering the headlines and notoriety that they were once able to achieve effortlessly, but when it comes to the music, they still got it. This brings us to the new release by Sodom; Decision Day, their 15th album which displays all the aggression and biting commentary that we’ve come to expect from the politically aware thrashers.
Their sound is still tight as hell and the production highlights their strengths perfectly. Tom Angelripper’s vocals are just as vicious as ever and the man seems just as disgusted with society as usual. It is easy to see how he helped influence a generation of black metal vocalists. Touching on contemporary subjects as well as historical tales that lend themselves perfectly to the Sodom cannon, the band continues its reign of sonic terror. Contributing to the onslaught are blasting double bass from drummer Markus Freiwald, and guitars that cut like razors courtesy of Bernd Kost. Highlights include the slightly punkish “Caligula”; the monstrous title cut which is destined to be a live set staple; and the tempo-crazy “Belligerence”. This is an album that deserves many spins and is a worthy addition to Sodom’s impressive discography.
If you have never been a fan of Sodom, chances are that this one won’t turn you into one. There is nothing new or revolutionary when it comes to a new Sodom album. The thing is that most Sodom fans would not have it any other way. Decision Day is pure Sodom and a continuation of the chaos that we have come to expect from the band. Anyone who is into dirty and unrepentant thrash needs to give this a spin.