Bay Area thrash legends Sadus return with their first album in over seven years, the aptly titled Out For Blood. Led by the ultra talented and much travelled bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Death/Testament/Iced Earth), Sodom play a very 80's inspired thrash metal that is very technical, with small elements of prog and death metal thrown in for good measure. You get spacey, progressive thrash on the crushing "No More", raging speed on the intricate riffs of "In the Name Of...", insane Atheist/Death type breakdowns on "Out For Blood" and "Lost It All", as well as crunchy death metal on the rampaging and elegant "Freedom". The riffs from guitarist/vocalist Darren Travis work in perfect symmetry with the dexterious bass lines of Di Giorgio, and although the vocals of Travis take a little getting used to, after repeated listens he almost sounds like Chuck Schuldiner on the last few Death albums. "Cursed" mixes some Middle Eastern guitar passages, synths, and muderous power chords for a chilling ride, and "Crazy" features some guest death vocals from Testament's Chuck Billy. This track is a technical metal lovers's delight, with DiGiorgio and Travis laying down some intense unison lines alongside the nimble drum work of Jon Allen.
Out For Blood is a solid return for these thrash veterans, an album that should really surprise fans of technical death and thrash metal with it's intricate grooves and riffs. There's chops galore and plenty of aggression, so dig in and get soaked!
1. In The Name Of...
2. No More
4. Out For Blood
5. Lost It All