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Sodom: In War and Pieces

Nothing Counts More Than Blood

Sodom is a band that, surprisingly enough, I hadn't even heard of until a few weeks ago. Although I've now heard other albums by the band, I'm still a "noob" in all senses of the word when it comes to Sodom. All I really know is that their latest album, In War and Pieces, is a high-quality, if clichéd, modern thrash album. In War and Pieces is the type of album where the fans of the genre will embrace, but more casual listeners will just moderately enjoy. Not because it's bad, but because it's simply not innovative enough to stand out in the thrash metal scene. Modern thrash fans will have everything that they want in this album, but this just doesn't stand out enough from the genre stereotypes to really pique my interests. With that said, In War and Pieces is still a solid album that fans of Sodom should check out.

There are 11 songs on In War and Pieces, which adds up to a 47 minute running time. That's a pretty good length for this album. There isn't a whole lot of diversity aside from tempo changes, so, thankfully, the album isn't long enough to get too tiresome. My favorite song by far is "God Bless You", which is a dynamic piece with a nice acoustic intro.

Sodom is an extremely talented group, and it's pretty easy to hear that throughout In War and Pieces. These guys know how to play their instruments, and they do it quite well. I especially have to applaud Bernd Kost for the standout guitar work. He's obviously very experienced with his instrument.

The production is great. It's heavy and professional, but is still pretty raw. This is basically everything that's essential for a thrash album.

Conclusion:

In War and Pieces is a competent album by Sodom, but does little to stand out in the modern thrash metal scene. Because of the great musicianship, production, and solid overall feel, I'll give the album 3 stars. This isn't an album that I'll put on often, but it's still enjoyable to hear from time to time. If you like Sodom and/or thrash metal, In War and Pieces is worth an acquisition.


Track Listing
1. In War And Pieces
2. Hellfire
3. Through Toxic Veins
4. Nothing Counts More Than Blood
5. Storm Raging Up
6. Feigned Death Throes
7. Soul Contraband
8. God Bless You
9. The Art Of Killing Poetry
10. Knarrenheinz
11. Styptic Parasite

Added: January 30th 2011
Reviewer: Jeff B
Score:
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Sodom: In War and Pieces
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-01-30 11:48:59
My Score:

The German thrash triumvirat of Kreator, Destruction, and Sodom continues to soldier on and create solid new material 25+ years after exploding on the metal scene in the early 1980's. Sodom's latest, In War and Pieces, won't reinvent the genre, but it's certainly a solid addition to their already lengthy discography.

Plenty of angry thrash anthems here, starting off with the instant classic title track, as well as burners "Hellfire", "Through Toxix Veins", "Storm Raging Up", and the more melodic "God Bless You". The ever present gravelly vocals of bassist Tom Angelripper lead the charge over Bernemann's crunchy riffs and Bobby's manic drum work, and it all works into the formula that Sodom have been perfecting now for many years.

In War and Pieces is without a doubt an album that will make loyal Sodom fans happy, but whether it will bring new listeners into their camp remains to be seen.

Sodom: In War and Pieces
Posted by Scott Jessup, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-12-28 06:48:06
My Score:

Kicking off with the title track "In War And Pieces" is the latest thrash metal offering from the long running German band Sodom, and what a great way to begin their angry collection of metal with than this memorable heavy metallic Sodom groover. I kept wanting to repeat this track, it's just so fricken catchy but I was neglecting the others.

In War And Pieces contains many traditional riffage charged, brisk, and in your face thrashers like "Knarrenheinz", once again that brutal cover art is backed up by the music of Sodom. It has been a few years since their last release, so Sodom's latest work will be promptly purchased by the band's fans as In War And Pieces is really worth taking a look at by any thrash fan, and there's an extra live CD captured at Wacken in 2007 with the special version to tempt you with.

So folks isn't it great to still have the opportunity to hear new material from another old school thrash band like Sodom, simply doing what they know best I wonder which other early metal group will surprise us next year?



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