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Epitome Of Torture
Released: 2013, Steamhammer Records
It’s almost unbelievable, but EPITOME OF TORTURE is the venerable Sodom’s 21st release (excluding compilations, but including EPs and live albums); these guys have certainly been busy over the years. Anyway, by this point everyone pretty much knows what to expect from Onkle Tom and his band of warmongers, as they have very rarely steered their fans wrong.
So yes, this album presents exactly what you’d expect from a Sodom release, with perhaps a few surprises included just for fun. These would include the quietly strummed guitars that begin the album’s opening track, “My Final Bullet”, the Ural-sounding melody that begins “Katjuscha”, or the excellent melodicism of “Invocating the Demons” and “Into the Skies of War”. Incidentally, the two latter songs are my favorite ones one the album. Elsewhere, the standard Sodom thrash attack is fully intact and fans will easily lap this album up, whether it’s the anthemic “Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow”, or the neck-breaking strike that is “S.O.D.O.M.”. Perhaps fans will not find a song that fits into their personal Top 10 from the band, but EPITOME OF TORTURE easily stands as a strong album, start to finish.
I’ve seen some reviews that find this release to be a letdown, but I have to disagree. Sodom is as strong as ever and is still releasing Teutonic thrash better than almost anyone else. Buy with confidence.
1. My Final Bullet
3. Epitome of Torture
6. Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow
7. Invocating the Demons
9. Into the Skies of War
10. Tracing the Victim
Tom Angelripper: Vocals, Bass
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