Sodom – “Out Of The Frontline Trench” EP (Steamhammer / SPV)
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Continuing on from last year’s “Partisan” EP, Tom Angelripper and his amazing new line up unleash yet another spectacular mini assault prior to their upcoming 2020 new album! Comprising 3 new tracks, 2 of which are exclusive to this release, “Out Of The Frontline Trench” also contains a re-recorded classic in ‘Agent Orange’, which of course recently rejoined guitarist Frank Blackfire originally played on, and a ripping live version of ‘Bombenhagel’, recorded at Schalke’s Veltins Arena in the band’s hometown of Gelsenkirchen – complete with the outro of ‘Das Lied der Deutschen’ (the German national anthem!). Opening bombastically on ‘Genesis 19’, a tale about Sodom and Gomorrah, Husky’s heavy duty double bass drums piston pump and drive this mid tempo number as guitarists Blackfire and Yorck Segatz add their incendiary riffs but equally plenty of interesting twists and grooves as Angelripper adds his own lyrical interpretation of the story of Lot – wow! ‘Down On Your Knees’ is harsh and chopping, befitting its World War I theme, as inspired by Angelripper’s grandfather’s postcards, yet graced by rhyming lyrics and a slow, catchy groove, as is the aptly named title track, ‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’, with plenty of whirring riffola and evil dancing melodies from Blackfire and Segatz who make an excellent team in trading off one another’s work as Husky pummels and drum rolls brilliantly in the background. Indeed, the hammering, along with Angelripper’s own deep bass, really make their impact on ‘Agent Orange’, here given even more ferocity but equally adding greater finesse through the superb guitar work and attesting to why this line up is one of Sodom’s best – ever! As for ‘Bombenhagel’, all I can say is that if you’ve seen either Sodom or any of Angelripper’s other bands live at a festival in Germany then that huge live atmosphere is captured here in all its glory on this thrasher – and when ‘Das Lied…’ gets going…..well, you don’t need to ask the crowd to singalong to those moving guitars as they lead the Teutonic glory.