(Steamhammer / SPV)
Sodom is prepping for a new album to be released in 2015. The figured they would whet the fans’ appetite with this single. The release has nods to the old school through its bonus live tracks, vinyl release and the cover. “The cover will feature a re-paint of an old design from the 80s which I did for a demo cover, painted in oil by Christian Erm.” Tom Angelripper, Sodom’s pith of piss and metal, is excited to provide this new track dressed with all the old school celebration.
The cover is an anachronistic soldier kneeling in blood among severed heads. The thrash titans continue to punish the stagnant with this great song. And if you haven’t heard Sodom recently, then you fell off of the boat. They are not in some reunion or rekindled phase since the thrash revival a decade ago. Sodom has consistently been releasing full-lengths since beginning in 1981. Evil metal, with no dips into commercial aspects, is what Sodom delivers again and again.
“Sacred Warpath” opens with a Hellish bellow. The guitars kick in and all system are go. Angelripper wanted to release this tune because “the world is falling apart at the seams, we’ve decided to make our voices heard.” It’s difficult to ignore when the guitars buzz, the drums crush and vocals are searing and demonic. The intent was to reflect these apocalyptic harbingers that barrage us each day. Sodom sure do provide the soundtrack with vivid description. Angelripper’s raspy vocals form a synergy with drummer, Makka’s, double bass gallops that ride to victory. Bernemann’s guitars chug and churn and burst into a solo two thirds through this six minute adventure.
The three bonus tracks sit on side B. The classic crowd favorite, “The Saw is the Law”, is opened with a weird but fun “The Bird is the Word” intro. “Stigmatized” is played with vitriol and energy. “City of God” closes out the release. Each live track is balanced and recorded well. I usually avoid live tracks but this is a powerful addition. Heavy German thrash with drums and vocals and all recorded cleanly and thick. (Hutch)