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Released: 1999, Drakkar
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!
After taking a hard hit from the 90s, thrash metal was able to get its second wind during and a little bit before the new Millennium. 1999 is a fateful and crippled year as the dying thrash metal genre was revitalized then. In that year, Testament released THE GATHERING marking their own comeback, Metal Church released MASTERPEACE, an album close enough to their ‘golden years’. So did Sodom. They came back in thrash metal with CODE RED, probably their heaviest thrash metal album (during the 90’s the band undertook playing a death-type of metal).
CODE RED is a classic Sodom album, as time tells. The ‘INTRO’ that opens the album is a sample taken by the incredible Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket movie. The title track is an essential part of the live shows and when the band plays that song the earth starts shaking. ‘Liquidation’, ‘The Vice of Killing’, ‘Visual Buggery’, ‘Warlike Conspiracy’. How many thrash metal bombshells can seat in this ‘red’ cannon? Every listener-trigger was happy after this release.
A few months later and after the successful thrash recipe by Sodom, the other two big teutonic bands of thrash metal, Kreator and Destruction, released their own thrashing return with VIOLENT REVOLUTION and THE ANTICHRIST respectively. CODE RED is ‘what the red Hell can create’. CODE RED is one of the few and primal thrash metal comeback and the pure evidence that thrash metal as a genre is not a thing of the past. There are raspy vocals in the entire album, drifting, swirling guitar riffs (‘Code Red’, ‘Warlike Conspiracy’), slow-tuned imposing tracks (‘Cowerdice’), death metal-esque moments (‘Book Burning’) and mid-tempo hellish, delirium-inducing songs (‘The Wolf and The Lamp’).
Not only the sodomized fanatics, but also the entire metal community is proud of CODE RED as an album. This was a critically acclaimed return that many metal bands followed thenceforth throwing over the gothic metal or the Nu metal damn elements that embodied their music to be in.
The result is a jaw-dropping effort that takes the unique template of the band's ninth record, CODE RED, to the next level, fully cementing Sodom’s signature sound. Armed with their brute sonic artillery, it's certainly safe to say that CODE RED is a beast made up of pulsating, neck-snapping, wonderment.
2. Code Red
3. What Hell Can Create
6. Spiritual Demise
7. Warlike Conspiracy
9. The Vice of Killing
10. Visual Buggery
11. Book Burning
12. The Wolf & the Lamb
13. Addicted to Abstinence
Tom Angelripper – Vocals, Bass
Bernd Kost – Guitar
Bobby Schottkowski – Drums
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