Sodom, Germany, Thrash, Steamhammer, 2021, Reviews

Genre: Thrash
Country: Germany
Label: Steamhammer
Year: 2021

‘Bombenhagel’ as ‘Bomb Hail’ or something in German, as we all know is the title of one of Sodom’s finest moments and classics, taken from the 1987’s legendary LP ‘Persecution Mania’ (that was the first record to feature guitarist Frank Blackfire in the band). In this year’s three track EP we have a re-recording of this thrash hymn plus two new songs. As the band stated this release is actually a shout out that they are alive (and screaming) trying to keep their fans busy until the band starts touring again as the pandemic put their plans on ice. Bombenhagel’s new recording is awesome without losing any of its raw power and its primitive way; with the help of technology Sodom overcome the 89’s thin production and it is like taking this song to the future. The current members plus the legendary producer Harris Johns as a guest guitarist seem to feel like partying and create a heavier version that respects the original and creates a bridge that connects their glorious past with the brilliant future that they dream.

The brand new songs can shows us where the band wants to go. Not far away from the path they marked with last year’s highly acclaimed ‘Genesis XIX’, an album that both fans and press loved.  ‘Coup De Grace’ that is written by Yorck Segatz (their new lead guitarist ) is a pure Thrash song. Fast with allegorical lyrics about the climate change and the disaster that is coming for humanity. ‘Pestiferous Posse’ starts a bit slower and has some excellent breakdowns but it gets really fast and furious in its climax. Once again it has allegorical lyrics as it is based on Gunfight at the O.K. Corral ( you know the one with Doc Holiday and Earp brothers), probably the most famous shootout gunfight in Wild West but actually it speaks about the quarrel between republicans and democrats, the only political parties in the United States.

Nevertheless Sodom with this EP prove that remain musically strong while keeping their eyes wide open dealing with  today’s issues of the society without sounding like preaching boomers…