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Review of the Album "Code Red" by German Thrash Metal Band Sodom

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


A Lengthy Explanation About Why Code Red is the Best Album Written by Sodom

Sodom, one of the major thrash metal legends and giants in the industry with their 1999 album Code Red not only excited many of their fans by making their full return to thrash metal but they have also earned my respect not just for their speed or intensity but for the consistency of producing one good work after another. I discovered the work of this band far too late but the phrase of its better late than never applies here. If we ignore the first track which is just a 48 second introduction with the electric guitar in the background plus some atmospheric sounds the title track really will leave you impressed in such a way that words cannot describe here. Code Red is the best album released by Sodom in the entire decade of the 1990s for sure and there is little doubt about this in my mind. It does sound similar in style to the 2005 studio album by Holy Moses with a long title but the reason why this is the best album by Sodom in the 1990s is because of the superb songwriting. The end of this album has a song that I keep replaying because it is just that awesome and superb! That last song which is called Addicted to Abstinence and this song isn’t about the dangers of sex but rather a predatory human that is out to make the lives of others miserable. There are a few noticeable bass sections by Tom that show how skilled he really is. It isn’t a stretch to say that this song is better than Megadeth’s "FFF" song because it is. The only bad thing about this album is that the mentioned last song is way too short which is a real shame because that is one of the finest songs in the history of Sodom. We know that one song does not make a whole album but that is one awesome piece of a 13 song album. Even the song Liquidation which changes from fast to mid-tempo is a good song. Lyrically, this album is almost about the effects of endless war but not quite. In this album, the lyrics mostly center on the flaws and selfishness of humans.

"The Vice of Killing"

There are songs such as “Tombstone” that have various sound effects that show people being involved in battle. I know that some will say that Sodom is a musically diverse band having written songs such as Jabba the Hut. It is hard to argue that but with Code Red, Sodom rejoins the ranks of bands that practice the art of Teutonic thrash. There are other outstanding tracks such as “The Vice of Killing” which has a great mid-section with a riff that kind of sounds like it chugs along but those of you that have studied music will know what is being discussed here.

"Addicted to Abstinence"

Final Thoughts About the Album Code Red

Code Red is a sort of full throttle kind of intensity as the lyrics focus on the horrors of the battlefield but that does not detract from the songs in the slightest. Even the cover for this album is a significant improvement from their previous album ‘Til Death Unites Us. Code Red has the image of a warrior with a chainsaw in one hand and another tool in the other as he rushes through the battlefield trying to prove his bravery. Even though Code Red isn’t much different in terms of the style to albums such as Enemy of God it is an album that deserves some kind of musical award just for the riffs and songs alone. Tom Angelripper does not possess the raspy vocal style of his countryman Mille Petrozza but he has one of those voices that is good enough for the thrash metal genre. Code Red is easily the best Sodom album since 1987’s Persecution Mania and that’s really saying something. Even more mid-tempo songs such as “Cowardice” fit well in this album. This is one of those songs that does change from that beginning and speeds up before getting back to what it was earlier. 1999 was an awesome year for the metal genre perhaps for the first time in several years because there were so many notable releases for the last year of the 20th century. It took Sodom nine full length albums for them to reach their musical peak perhaps.

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