If you were to ask us what the acronym S.O.D.O.M. means, we’d have to be honest with you. We don’t know. Storm of Death of Metal? If Sodom were Czech, it might work. Sacrifice of Dead on Mars? Maybe Giorgio Tsoukalos were involved in the song’s conception, then we’d give it a 86.5% match. Or, perhaps it just is the word “sodom” capitalized and punctuated in an unconventional way. It’s possible.
We do know Sodom have returned after a two-year break on new album, Epitome of Torture. Decibel detailed previous effort, In War and Pieces, in great detail (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE), so it’s no wonder the powers behind Germany’s greatest thrash act (OK, Kreator and Destruction count, too) have come to us to present the group’s latest barn-burner, “S.O.D.O.M.”
Typically, we don’t get into arguments about is new Sodom better than old Sodom or mid-era Sodom. Old Sodom rules, in fact. There are at least two Hall of Fame-worthy albums in ’80s era Ripper and co. But we can’t live forever on “Brandish the Sceptre,” “Persecution Mania,” and “Ausgebombt” before feeling, well, ausgebombt. So, we look and listen forward. Take Tapping the Vein or the self-titled. Or, better yet Epitome of Torture. Heshers with a sore spot for German thrash can’t go wrong with “S.O.D.O.M.” or “Stigmatized” or the title track.
For now, here’s the uncompromising “S.O.D.O.M.”
** Sodom’s new album, Epitome of Torture, is out May 7th on Steamhammer/SPV. You can get it HERE or stick your finger where the sun don’t shine. See what we did there? Self-sodomy. What a concept.