In 1989, “Agent Orange” one of my favorite Sodom albums was released. This was like Slayer, Megadeth, and Obituary all wrapped up under one band. This German band had before been involved with the Black Metal seen and had crossed over to Thrash Metal with in a few short years.
Sodom’s personnel on this album included bassist and vocalist Tom Angelripper, guitarist Frank Blackfire, and drummer Chris Witchhunter. For three musicians, the music on this album is very tight.
Musically, this album is a head on assault to the ears, that just doesn’t quit until it’s over. It’s brutal, heavy, and raw. The music itself is clear and yet, for a thrash album, has a great sound that isn’t polished. There’s a lot of fast tempos that combine both Thrash and Black Metal. Each element is a compliment. There’s a lot of fast and tightly woven riffs and lead guitar solos. I love the raspy vocals and growls. The bass sounds good, but it follows to closely to the main guitar chords. The drums sound good moving at lightning speed. Lyrically, this album is surrounded by themes of the Vietnam War. This is somewhat of a concept album about that era.
This is just a great all around classic Thrash Metal album that helped to define the genre and the 1980’s. There are a lot of positives to this album from the music, styles, and lyrics. This album does take a nod to those Thrash Metal bands like Megadeth and Slayer. As far as anything negative, there isn’t really any complaints that I have.
1. “Agent Orange” 6:04
2. “Tired and Red” 5:25
3. “Incest” 4:38
4. “Remember the Fallen” 4:20
5. “Magic Dragon” 5:59
6. “Exhibition Bout” 3:35
7. “Ausgebombt” 3:04
8. “Baptism of Fire” 4:03
9. “Don’t Walk Away” (Tank cover) 2:56