SODOM - Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 01.10.1990
RECORD COMPANY: Steamhammer
 
9.5
METALFAN RATING:
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9.1
USERS RATING: 25 votes

Top 1990: #10
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LINE UP:
Tom Angelripper - voce, bas
Michael Hoffman - chitara
Chris Witchhunter - tobe
TRACKLIST:

01. An Eye for an Eye02. Shellfire Defense03. The Saw Is the Law04. Turn Your Head Around (Tank cover)05. Capture the Flag06. Bloodtrails07. Never Healing Wound08. Better Off Dead09. Resurrection10. Stalinorgel

And so, I sometimes get the feeling that Lemmy is the father of Uncle Tom, for they are too similar in face and mind. But this is probably another story.

Better Off Dead joins the rank of albums one would do better not to search for flaws – you won’t find any, you’re just wasting your time, and you might just make a drunken thrasher friend do something he’d regret to you. Ten years ago I would have said “It is not possible for a metal head to not have listened to Sodom’s Better”. Ten minutes ago, I wouldn’t have dared thinking it; so if you haven’t listened to it yet, get on it or bring your parents to the rock club with the report card.

A worthy successor of their previous album, Agent Orange, Better Off Dead gives us twelve tracks – in fact it is yet to be decided which of the two albums is better. This one is slightly softer, only a little,  the clobbering with the wooden bat (that breaks bones) has been replaced with a rubber stick, which only tenderizes the meat (and the marshall’s baton is called Coma of Souls, if you would excuse me), and Uncle Tom spoils us with two cover versions, one after heavy metal geezers (Turn Your Head Around - Tank), and another after the late Philip (Cold Sweat  Thin Lizzy). And it is no little thing to somehow bridge the musical gaps between such bands, and do it right. 

Is it that they have polished their style compared to previous albums or that they wanted a “commercial” album to go for chicks (right) I’ve no idea. What’s certain is that it must be listened to, if there’s still any rocker around lacking this. If not for another reason, because songs like An Eye For an Eye, The Saw Is the Law, Better Off Dead or Stalinorgel are hard to come by, they are the mega-hits of thrash metal. Plus „Resurrection”, a very fine piece that is more than slightly atypical for Sodom (and dedicated by the Uncle to his father – not Lemmy).

Cristake more Nota: 9.5


Posted at 16:42 |  17 Iunie 2010  | 5 Comments  | 3006 Views

Comment on: Better Off Dead

  • recunosc, mult timp nu i-am inghitit pe Sodom, ca eram pe "scoala" Overkill, Annihilator, Anthrax - un pic altfel. Dar Agent Orange si Better Off Dead m-au dat pe brazda. Respect maxim ca ai adus albumul in discutie

    1. Posted by tzugu | 18 Noiembrie 2010 14:40
  • Dupa capu' meu, mereu a fost lupta apriga intre "scolile" de thrash americana si europeana, mai bine zis anglo-germana in loc de europeana. Da' sunt sigur ca, oricat de fan Overkill sau Bay Area ai fost, nu aveai cum sa nu casti ochii cat cestile cand bagai play la un "Coma of souls", ceva...
    Mulam fain, respect too.

    2. Posted by Cristake | 19 Noiembrie 2010 18:43
  • Ai sa razi, nici macar Bay Area nu ma rupea prea tare (observi ca citez New York si ceva Canada), dar la Agent Orange am sarit in sus. Iar la Kreator am adormit la Polivalenta, e drept, din motive nemuzicale :)))))

    3. Posted by tzugu | 20 Noiembrie 2010 16:13
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