I begin this review saying that sometimes it is great to be proven wrong. That sometimes the most wondrous thing in this lonely and sad and pathetic world is to change your mind and go on. To let things go.
I confess that I wasn’t exactly the most loving and caring fan of Sodom. The very first contacts I had with them were the two albums I reviewed here 2019s “Out of the Frontline Trench” and 2018’s “Partisan.” I was really impressed by them all. By “Partisan” the most. Now a very, but very important person in my life told me that she loved the band. Of course, this led me to develop new eyes to the band and created a whole new relationship with the band. C’est la vie…
As you know, my child of the night, here at Metal Addicts we try our best to be fair and impartial with all the bands we review be them big guns, rising stars or adorable unknown ones. With all that I said before, I guess you think I could not be as impartial as I should to do my job. But I guarantee you that I am.
All that put, let’s go to “Genesis XIX,” shall we?
First of all, all the reputation that Sodom grew thrroughout the years is very well deserved. The band is consistent and coherent with their golden past and their shinining new future. “Genesis XIX” is an album puts them all together. The songs are thrilling, striking and varied in many ways. The thrash metallers of Sodom learned with the many years on the road that it is important to vary their themes. “Genesis XIX” is hard and heavy, fast and furious, angry and desperate, but with some finesse. There are tracks that please hardcore fans and newcomers as well. Take “Indocrination” and “Blind Superstion,” for instance. While the first has the taste of early songs, the second is more aligned with the new times of the bands. But both are great. The intro “Blind Superstion” is an amazing bridge to “Sodom & Gomorrah” and there is a certain taste of Venom’s “Black Metal” in it. But it is “Friendly Fire” that makes the bridge to their past very well. Killer guitar riffing with that fast-as-the-speed-of-light drumming that characterizes early Thrash. Title track “Genesis XIX” has a mesmerizing cadence that pleases and proves that the band really knows how to vary.
“Genesis XIX” is an album that proves that Sodom in a great form ready to atrike for many more years.
Sodom “Genesis XIX” will be released on November 27th via Steamhammer / SPV.
- Blind Superstition
- Sodom & Gomorrah
- Genesis XIX
- Nicht Mehr Mein Land
- Glock N‘ Roll
- The Harponeer
- Occult Perpetrator
- Waldo & Pigpen
- Friendly Fire
Watch “Sodom & Gomorrah” official lyric video here: