Sodom – Masquerade In Blood (1995)
Opening with the frantically raw “Masquerade In Blood“, Sodom‘s return to Thrash after their dalliances in Death Metal on 1992’s Tapping The Vein and Hardcore Punk on 1994’s Get What You Deserve was a courageous attempt to keep the Thrash flag flying in the virtually Thrash-free 90’s.
The Death Metal and Hardcore Punk influences do remain on Sodom’s 7th studio effort but are explored via a more faithful Thrash framework. The result was a Thrash album that recalled Motörhead at their heaviest while exhibiting a total disregard for Thrash’s diminishing appeal. Check out Murder In My Eyes for a quick fix of Sodom’s relentless battery during an era that was embracing contemplation and soul-searching over machismo and aural assault.
Resolutely heavy and as ugly as a bus full of Ronaldinho look-a-likes, Masquerade In Blood made up in Thrashy mid 90’s goodness what it lacked in songwriting skill and subtelty. Bludgeoning.