The digipak edition contains two tracks taken from the Witching Metal demo recording. The intro sample in "Napalm in the Morning" is taken from the film Apocalypse Now. The sample in "Marines" is taken from Full Metal Jacket. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. It wouldn't be until "M" in that this band would begin to reclaim their rightful place as respectable and an ever lethal thrash act. Now, "M" is a concept album of sorts, based on various aspects of the Vietnam War, of which the album title eludes the firearm used by most anti-communist forces in that conflict.
I must say that the concept of war and thrash metal has always gone well, and this album is certainly no exception. To be entirely fair, I wouldn't call this a purely thrash album through and through. Sure, fans looking for that spark of greatness that "Agent Orange" had can be found here in songs like "Cannon Fodder," "Minejumper," and "Little Boy," all of whom cook fairly well and consistently.
However, there are traces of mid-tempo post-thrash metal to be found. I don't count this as a negative to the listen, as these elements are usually balanced out with enough variations and different influences to keep the songs from becoming tedious and boring. Examples of these include "Genocide," some parts to "I Am the War" and most notably in "Napalm in the Morning," whose sound clip of Robert Duvall's famous line from "Apocalypse Now" really drives home the message and atmosphere of this album.
In the grand scheme of Sodom's career, "M" gets lost in there somewhere. I don't see many fans talking about it, which is a shame since song quality and even thrash quality is still there, its just mixed in with a number of other styles that keeps this from becoming the next "Agent Orange.
From the raging thrash influences, Tom Angelripper's fierce vocals and the bad ass artwork, "M" is a definite keeper that any Sodom fan should look into. The year was a very important one for the return of the main German thrash metal bands. Well, with this new album we go back to the roots of thrash metal, the one and only of the 80s. The production is again old fashioned but powerful, in Agent Orange style!
Even the songs' structure is more thrash than in the past. The following four tracks are the best here. The title track is total thrash metal with a great main riff and a growing of intensity under fucking heavy mid paced parts.
Than the bass drum tempo parts increase a bit in speed. The dramatic and intense melodies are always well-done and they add a sense of loss and tragedy to the sound. Awesome and so fun at the vocals!!! All in all a fucking thrashtacular return! Sodom at high levels!!! United to thrash!!! Who would expect Tom Angelripper of all people in the world to release a concept album soully based on the classic film "Apocalypse Now"?
Having skimmed through previous reviews, I have not seen mention of this obvious and important fact, which disturbs me. First of all, "Apocalypse Now" is one of my alltime favorite movies, and Sodom is one of my alltime favorite thrash bands.
Thus, for the two to collide would obviously be a mindblower for me. Not only is this album cool because of the movie and the album's own message, they music is also astounding. This album features some wonderful, ferocious tracks such as "I Am the War", "Napalm in the Morning" I love the sound of Robert Duvall's voice in the morning!
Most aggressive thrash tends to be pro-violence. That's just the way it is. The violence proves a point and provides a message. This message is that war is hell, and that human nature is sickening and terrible. Sodom knocked me out with this album. If you haven't seen or heard of the film "Apocalypse Now", you must have no idea what I'm talking about, in which case you must go out and rent it ASAP. It's an absolute classic; an amazing film. Angelripper obviously thought so too!
Now this is the first Sodom album I've listened to so I cannot compare it to any previous Sodom albums, so instead I'll judge it based on current thrash and other German bands like Kreator and Destruction. The first song: Among the Wierdcong starts off with an awesome drum roll introduction, the starting riff is pretty brutal but you know they're just getting you started.
The singing, wow, that's a cool voice, not as good as Kreator's and definately nothing like early Whiplash or Overkill, but it's definately the type of voice that makes a band unique and recognizable. The solo is great. Definately a good song. I Am The War is a pretty decent straightforward thrash song, a few nice tempo changes. Napalm In The Morning is a much different song then the first two, sound a little odd, not a great song in my opinion, but I like the main riff.
Minejumper is a good song, starts out fast and keeps on going, simple and heavy, true thrash. Genocide kicks things up a notch in heaviness from the getgo, it's slower but it's definately brutal until the chorus, which sounds a little stupid. Little boy follows the tone of Genocide, slower guitar. M is a pretty decent song, not as a good as Among the Wierdcong same for Lead Injection.
Cannon Fodder is the only song that's on par with Among the Weirdcong for me, it's great headbanging music, it's definately a high point in the album, and the next song Marines is damn good as well. Surfin Bird is hilarious, and the next two tracks are average. My first Sodom album experience has left me wanting more, it might not be quite as good as Violent Revolution, but it certainly is something that has gotten me interested in the band.
Another year and another excellent Sodom release. On some songs they decide to abuse tremolo picking to a ridiculous amount, such as on Among The Wierdcong and Minejumper but others manage to create a really brooding atmosphere such as that on Marines. The former is a blitzkrieg of anger and hate that steamrolls forward, crushing anything in its way.
It opens with a barrage of military drumming and then takes some time to build up before launching into an insanely fast-paced tremolo picked riff during the chorus with Angelripper roaring over the top of it all. Marines has the most infectious chorus on here and is one that will have you attempting to mimic Angelrippers's snide, sneering tones all day.
The solo to M is one of the best the band have ever recorded and does not require on playing as fast as the band can as with many thrash bands out there. Napalm In The Morning opens with the immortal quote of "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse, Now and then proceeds to show off a beautiful, atmospheric section. Then, in comes the riffs and when they hit they hit hard. The verse riff to this song chugs along at a slow pace and is a guaranteed moment for any listener to thrash their neck off.
Overall, this album stands out in my opinion as the best in the band's discography but the cover of of The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird is absolutely unnecessary for this album. Sodom covering a garage rock song was the worst idea on earth and it transfers to recording every bit as bad as it sounds on paper. Stay away from this cover, and what you have is the perfect Sodom album.
Every song is very well structured with a huge variety of well paced riffs and headbangable sections aplenty. Make sure to listen to this. Tweet Recent reviews by this author. Thursday 15 October Friday 16 October Saturday 17 October Sunday 18 October Monday 19 October Tuesday 20 October Wednesday 21 October Thursday 22 October Friday 23 October Saturday 24 October Sunday 25 October Monday 26 October Tuesday 27 October Wednesday 28 October Thursday 29 October Monday 2 November Tuesday 3 November Wednesday 4 November Thursday 5 November Friday 6 November Saturday 7 November Sunday 8 November Monday 9 November Tuesday 10 November Wednesday 11 November Thursday 12 November Friday 13 November Saturday 14 November Sunday 15 November Monday 16 November Tuesday 17 November Wednesday 18 November Thursday 19 November Friday 20 November Saturday 21 November Sunday 22 November Monday 23 November Tuesday 24 November Wednesday 25 November Thursday 26 November Friday 27 November Saturday 28 November Sunday 29 November Monday 30 November Tuesday 1 December Wednesday 2 December Thursday 3 December Friday 4 December Saturday 5 December Sunday 6 December Monday 7 December Tuesday 8 December Wednesday 9 December
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