The twelfth full-length album by legendary German Thrash Metal band.
The first album to include the original Sodom line-up since 1985. It marks return appearances by the band's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef Peppi Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP, “In The Sign Of Evil”.
The album features re-recorded versions of tracks from classic first EP, “In The Sign Of Evil”, as well as seven songs originally written for "In The Sign Of Evil", but not recorded due to the label's inability to pay for studio time. That's why "In The Sign Of Evil" was released as an EP rather than a full-length LP. The plan was to make the a complete album, like it should have done back in 1984.
On "The Final Sign Of Evil", Sodom revisits early material without trying to update it either technologically or stylistically. Recorded 23 years after "In The Sign Of Evil", this 49-minute CD envisions what that EP would have sounded like as a full-length album back in 1984. The production on "The Final Sign Of Evil" has a muddy, demo-ish quality, which is by design; "The Final Sign Of Evil" faithfully re-creates the raw, garage-like, Punk-drenched spirit of "In The Sign Of Evil", but with 12 songs instead of five. Some of the tunes are excellent, while others are merely decent. But regardless of the fact that "The Final Sign Of Evil" is mildly uneven, this is an important release for Metal historians. Sodom was one of Europe's early Thrash Metal bands, and their willingness to bring ultra-dark subject matter to a Metal/Punk hybrid helped pave the way for Death Metal and Black Metal. Serious thrash collectors will welcome this release. This is a great album and highly recommended to fans of the band's early work!
Steamhammer/SPV, 2007 (SPV 98502 CD). Made in Germany. First press.
1.The Sin of Sodom 05:41
3.Bloody Corpse 03:56
4.Witching Metal 03:38
5.Sons of Hell 04:22
6.Burst Command 'Til War 02:29
7.Where Angels Die 04:47
8.Sepulchral Voice 04:36
9.Hatred of The Gods 03:14
10.Ashes To Ashes 04:22
11.Outbreak of Evil 03:22