Released: 1997, Steamhammer
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Editors Note. Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards our 10,000th review and the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any website were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Sodom find the way back to thrash by TILL DEATH DO US UNITE, even the album’s cover is weird enough and does not contain any thrash metal aesthetics. This is an album that made the thrash metal fans proud of that metal genre.
After seven albums (TILL DEATH… is the eighth one) Sodom are full of metal ideas and synths (counting the punk elements). This album would have been a great follower of AGENT ORANGE, but unfortunately it follows the bad moments of BETTER OFF DEAD (1990), TAPPING THE VEIN (1992), GET WHAT YOU DESERVE (1994) and the cautiously good MASQUERADE IN BLOOD (1995).
TILL DEATH… consist of great metal diamonds like the opener ‘Frozen Screams’, ‘Hanging Judge’, the punk hymn ‘F@@K The Police’ (Do not forget to check out the music video of this track) and the one and only ‘Wander In the Valley’ with the great drumming and its varied rhythms while the vocals and guitar are steady (This is a great example of songwriting!)Also, the track contains one of the greatest breakdowns in thrash metal history (together with ‘Raining Blood’ of course). There is another one song that is the epitome of punk noise, the exorbitance itselfand the definition of the anti-hit: ‘Hey, Hey, Hey Rock'n Roll Star’. I do confess that if I have told that Sodom would cover a Simon and Garfunkel song (‘Hazy Shade of Winter’), I would say: No way! They cannot do it well!. But they did!
Sodom made it in the 90’s with this album and its successor-success, CODE RED (1999). With TILL DEATH DO US UNITE, Sodom excels at both sprawling punk atmospheres and righteous thrashing guitar-worshiping riffery.