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Sodom - Code Red
Review: While using the anthemic faceplate of their 1980s album, Sodom have produced a new style which is more of a chant-along roller coaster of raging media-age heavy metal than anything else.
Many songs use long-phrase melodies, with some narrative interludes on the level of riff and rhythm variants, put together in such a way that the tonal motion suggests a fast, loose, and somewhat unorthodox movement; however, it is unfocused, playful but empty, almost unfinished sounding music. It does achieve an undulating bass effect that makes it satisfying, rhythmic, stomping "party music."
Where Sodom still thunders is in the capacity to architecturally conceive of the kind of tonal motion needed to convey with rhythm a mood of storming power and alarm. While that may be true, this album reveals its simple ballad-anthem soul immediately and with that Sodom dispense with their past and open a dubious future.