The second full-length album + second EP by the legendary German Thrash/Speed Metal band.
The album marked a drastic change of band's sound from Black Metal to Thrash metal. As well as defining Sodom's sound, it exemplified the Thrash Metal genre at a time when it arguably peaked in popularity. The album also bore similarity to the music of other German bands such as Destruction and Kreator, and the term "Teutonic Thrash Metal" was coined from this.
Despite what the cover may imply, the lyrical themes of the album are centered more around politics and war than religion. This is largely due to guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Godznik joining the band. He brought new songwriting aspects to the band that gave it a much more organized and clearer sound, as well as helping Sodom to carve a lyrical niche that it still practices to this day.
"Persecution Mania" stands at the very crossroads of Thrash and Death Metal. A virtual tour de force of blinding speed and blunt force, it is also arguably the best album of Sodom's checkered career. Recorded shortly after the arrival of guitarist extraordinaire Frank Blackfire, Persecution Mania took the band's fast-as-can-be, subtlety-free, roast-every-bridge approach to a whole new level of intensity and power. With their brazen ferocity and single-minded velocity, face-ripping moshers like "Nuclear Winter", "Outbreak of Evil" and the title track may have seemed a bit one-dimensional to older Metalheads at the time (though these were accorded a fitting cover of Motörhead's seminal "Iron Fist"), but it played right into the hands of the genre's ever-growing contingent of younger, more extreme fans. Even at 13 tracks, the album is so deep that the absolute classic "Sodomy and Lust" only arrives at number 11 - now that is value for your buck. When combined with similarly audacious and controversial nuggets like "Christ Passion" and "Conjuration", there is little doubt that "Persecution Mania" would have made the P.M.R.C.'s most-wanted list had it been released a few years earlier? Curiously, much of the music captured here recalls the parallel advancements of fellow proto-Deathsters Sepultura, with whom Sodom endured a nervously respectful relationship. So it is interesting to note how the Brazilians used these developments as a springboard to altogether greater achievements, while, for Sodom, this would be its finest hour. An interesting case study of both bands' divergent paths from Thrash to Death, to be sure, but one that should in no way detract from Sodom's and especially "Persecution Mania"'s crucial contribution to this movement.
Thrash Metal fans must have this album in their collection, this album would suit Thrashers best, but oldschool Death Metal fans would probably also enjoy this album a bit!
The outro guitar lead in track 9, "Bombenhagel", is the German national anthem, "Das Lied der Deutschen". Album also includes Motörhead cover “Iron Fist”. The European CD release includes track "Outbreak Of Evil" from "In The Sign Of Evil" EP and full "Expurse Of Sodomy" EP as bonus tracks!
Steamhammer, 1984/1987 (SPV 85-7509). Made in Germany.
1. Nuclear Winter 5:23
2. Electrocution 3:14
3. Iron Fist 2:43
4. Persecution Mania 3:38
5. Enchated Land 3:59
6. Procession To Golgotha 2:01
7. Christ Passion 6:11
8. Conjuration 3:42
9. Bombenhagel 5:08
10. Outbreak Of Evil 3:32
11. Sodomy And Lust 5:13
12. The Conqueror 3:29
13. My Atonement 6:04
Total playing time: 54:17