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Sodom
The Final Sign of Evil

Company: SPV
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Vinaya
Genre: Thrash

  • Hilariously bad



  • Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Now this is just too much. Having long harbored a passing interest in thrash, I thought it would behoove me to check out one of the bands considered among the German contingent of the genre's originators. Yes, Sodom's music is fairly new to me, and yes I am aware that many fans are already griping that this re-recording and expanding of the band's In the Sign of Evil debut EP from '84 isn't exactly their best work. And for the band's sake, it's a good thing this information has gotten out somewhat via their fans, because on evidence of this album alone, the idea of these guys as innovators in the thrash and black metal subgenres (or anything else for that matter) would be, frankly, laughable.

    On its own face value, in fact, The Final Sign of Evil is just that--an absolute hoot. Much like those pentagram-bearing Venom albums of old, this masochistic twelve-tracker is so hilariously bad that, through a truly twisted set of ears (and accompanying sense of humor), it's good! The vocals are troll-like, the guitars loveably muddy and erratic, and the playing of long-lost drummer Chris Witchhunter is just about the sloppiest I've heard on a CD with worldwide distribution in recent years--and understandably pretty low in the mix. The lyrics are a violent, Satan-courting joke, almost like the first Running Wild album without the intelligence and command of the English language.

    Of course, the informal nature of this release means that not much more can or really should be expected. The motivation behind it was apparently bringing In the Sign of Evil to its originally intended full-length status and allowing one last hurrah for the original lineup, so I guess it serves its purpose. And through the bush-league racket of tracks like 'Blasphemer," 'Bloody Corpse" and the awkwardly titled "Burst Command 'til War" (huh?), it also serves to entertain in a perverse fashion, like a Muppet throwing a drunken tantrum. Gotta love it!



    About this Writer:
    Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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