Digging: Qualm - Tiefe. Better than I remember tbh. Songwriting is a step up over Get What You Deserve. Production is a small improvement too. Lots of fun and energy in Hydrophobia - Sodom - Masquerade in Blood (Vinyl 42 minutes. Murder in My Eyes genocides. I remember the interview Angelripper gave for this album in Metal Hammer Hellas, saying that the only sound work in this album is from sound engineers only.
No wonder why this still sounds fresh in the era of compressed productions. Sodom Masquerade in Blood 3. There are very few examples of bands that had a completely flawless career. I'm pretty sure that there were or are bands who manage to release albums that just makes above the average level, but Sodom and their fellow competitors Destruction and Kreator have released both awesome and poor albums.
The only difference between these bands and other metal bands in the world is that these guys have been playing thrash-metal for almost twenty years while others have just walked in and walked out just as fast. Sodom has the cruellest sound from the legendary German thrash-trio in my opinion, as they blended thrash-metal, black-metal, death-metal and speed-metal with ease, but that does not mean that they sounded like metal bands of today.
Persecution Mania balanced on a thin line between thrash and death-metal and Tapping The Vein was more like a death-metal album, Code Red was an album where the band tried to forge their old style with their newer style. But then we have albums like M and Sodom which sounded more like concentrated thrash-metal. Sodom perhaps didn't changed their sound so drastically as Kreator did for a short period of time but you can hear that there are differences throughout Sodom's material.
Masquerade In Blood might be one of their more overlooked albums, but it is not as bad as you thought it would be, because I think that this album is perhaps one of their heaviest albums but there are of course a few flaws in this album though.
This album delivers some of the bands most heaviest material yet in my opinion, with Tom Angelripper's throaty and harsh raspy Album), his mechanical and powerful bass and the songs have rushed and fast tempos, which makes this album to be quite repetitive but yet forceful thrash attack.
I said that the album could be a bit repetitive and by that I mean that the band seems to switch back and fourth in their music. And then we have additional songs like for example BraindeadMantelmann and Gathering Of Minds which sound more like death-metal creations, mostly because of Tom's growling vocals.
I'm pretty pleased by this album I must say, and the first thing I thought was good was that the bass was almost over powering the guitars, which I love.
This time it was the bass that stood for the thick wall of sound and not the guitars, Hydrophobia - Sodom - Masquerade in Blood (Vinyl, but I admit that the guitars are also quite strong and loud but the bass is the dominating instrument on this album. Another thing I thought was good was the variety among the songs, some of them had great riffs and structure like Masquerade In Blood and Peacemaker's Law making them quite heavy, catchy and somewhat of standout tracks.
Tom's vocals were also a good thing on this album, as he goes almost berserk with his vocals, switching from his harsh and raspy style towards Obituary -growls. You will find a good dose of energy in this album too, and I would say that this album only has two songs that Hydrophobia - Sodom - Masquerade in Blood (Vinyl a bit slower pace than the other songs, which are Gathering Of Minds and Hydrophobia. I think that this album was a bit repetitive at times actually and that was because of the drums.
This album had too much of the same drumming. Atomic Steif Guido Richter was the present drummer during this album and I thought he could've used other types of drum styles, patterns, or something out of the ordinary.
All the songs had basically the same drum pattern except that there was a small variety but within the actual patterns, and it made the album quite one-dimensional and I think that it will bore people a bit. This factor would be a bit too intimidating to people who want to hear how Sodom sounds like, as this album would rather scare people than impressing them.
Not a good beginner album in my opinion. Was this a bad Sodom record? Definitely not but it wasn't the best either, but fans would enjoy this quite much while beginners would perhaps reject it instead. I really liked the overwhelming bass, Tom's vocals for the majority of the time and the good variety of songs, but it gets a bit boring and repetitive with time and this is also an album where you pick a certain amount of songs that you like and then you don't pay attention to the rest of the material.
A great album for Sodom fans but not good for newcomers. This album is great for the moment but you will eventually get bored by it, final rating will be a 3. Rank: 0 for Opeth Damnation. Fleshcrawl Made of Flesh. Reset password. Already have an account? Log in, Album).
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