Released: 1995, 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!
1995 finds Sodom in a difficult condition as many metal bands were in then. 90’s were a very hard decade for metal bands and especially thrash metal acts due to the fact that were out of fashion. This factor has driven the bands into pretty different ways of playing. Many of them try to infuse glam metal elements and they looked like clowns and clones of other bands. Several bands make their sound groovier or heavier and dirtier as death and black metal flourished in the mid 90’s. One of those bands was Sodom. They tried to make their thrash metal trademark heavier and dirtier and the result was MASQUERADE IN BLOOD.
This is not a bad album. It’s an album by a confused trio who was (and still is) one of the top three bands of European thrash metal. The guitars are heavier and…steel. The songs have a faster tune with a smoldering punk feeling together with the Motorhead-laden attitude. MASQUERADE…is by far away from the all-time classic AGENT ORANGE or the PERSECUTION MANIA.
Sodom is the cruelest band of the German thrash metal trio with the lesser change in the sound in compare with the other two who changed totally their thrash metal into a weird gothic/atmospheric/deathy kind of metal. Something new we have here that there isn’t in any other Sodom record. Tom Angelripper undertakes singing two songs in German (‘Verrecke!’ and ‘Mantelmann’).
In all, MASQUERADE IN BLOOD is an album for the Sodom fans and not for the newcomers. Staying in thrash metal in 90’s is one of the most difficult things in metal music but there are bands that keep it up and do its best. And Sodom is one of them. Be patient because 1999 is too close and Sodom will release one of the thrashiest thrash metal albums of their entire career.