Sodom "Decision Day"
"Decision Day" nods to the "old-school" like a plastic doll on the dashboard in an off road vehicle. Angelripper is in superb form with is particular brand of blackened growls and the record drips with distinctly Sodom thrash riffs from start to finish. However there's an infusion of groove there too to accompany the familiar crunch and BM atmosphere to proceedings.
Album opener "In Retribution" with its dissonant opening guitars sets the tone perfectly for what is to follow and the quality of the song writing is obvious from the outset. Check out "Caligula" for a catchy piece of thrash metal, or the equally contagious "Blood Lions". Balance these with the more varied outbursts such as "Who Is God?" or "Strange Lost World" and it is soon obvious you are weighing up a strong record.
The fact remains however that for any band to be capable of this quality of output after thirty five years is extraordinary. I am on my third play of "Decision Day" already today and I only hope that my "want" to play this record continues when the dust settles on this weeks' round of releases. That artwork alone is cause enough to pick it up and stare like a teenage boy.