The best Sodom record!!! fast and ugly just like pure 80’s trash used to be!Along with KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, HELLOWEEN and MORDRED redefined the true power of greman speed/trash metal!
1989 album by the German death/ thrash metal trio. Nine tracks.
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I’VE BEEN A METALHEAD SINCE 1983,AND I WOULD DEFINITELY CHOOSE AGENT ORANGE AS ONE OF ON THE 3 BEST METAL ALBUMS,IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS.IF YOU LIKE A SUPERFAST,PROFESSIONAL AND FIRST CLASS ALBUM,AGENT ORANGE IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYERS!GO FOR IT!!!
This my third Sodom album and once again they BLEW ME AWAY! Inside the CD sleeve are written the words “This album is dedicated to all pepole-soldiers and civilians-whom died by senseless aggressions of wars all over the world”. That says it all folks!
When I first started listening to metal, one of the bands that I was warned to stay away from was the German thrash trio Sodom. I was told that their music was too impossibly fast and extreme to be even mildly comprehensible. The first thing I did, of course, was listen to the first Sodom album I could find, which was 1989’s “Agent Orange.” In all fairness, I think the individual who warned me against Sodom was referring to the band’s earlier works such as “In The Sign of Evil” and “Obsessed by Cruelty,” since “Agent Orange” represents something of an aesthetic refinement of the German thrash movement that Sodom helped to create; the music is still fast enough to tear your face off, but the overall emphasis seems to have shifted from speed to fullness of sound as evidenced by a greater role for the bass and a reliance on powerchords in lieu of quickly jumping from one fret to another with insane tremolo picking (not to mention improved production values).
“Agent Orange” begins with the title track, which is one of Sodom’s best songs as well as a thrash classic in its own right. In some superficial respects, it resembles the more commercialized style of mid-1980s speed metal (as exemplified by albums such as “Master of Puppets”) with few of the same neoclassical pretensions of that era. The result is a simpler, more streamlined metal sound that is ironically less accessible than its American and British forebearers. The frentic thrash tempo only increases after the title track, moving into the panicked “Tired and Red” and the sexually inappropriate “Incest.” The epic thrash ballad “Remember the Fallen” (also a classic track) slows things down a bit but the pace afterward is relentless with “Magic Dragon” and “Ausgebombt” being the highlights of the second half of the album. Tom Angelripper’s gnarled voice is the perfect complement to the hellishly fast proceedings on “Agent Orange,” riding above the music like a tactical bombing raid and more than slightly resembling Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. The theme of the Vietnam War introduced on “Agent Orange” would be revisited on Sodom’s 2001 album “M-16,” although “Agent Orange” is the superior album in just about every way. This is an essential thrash album that no metal fan ought to be without.
This is an oldie but a goodie. Back in the day Sodom were it when it came to thrash. Lots of people considered their sound a cross between Slayer and (old) Metallica and yes that may be a good assumption but Agent Orange is definitly a classic thrash metal album. Perescution Mania IMHO is their best but Agent Orange comes in second. If you want to be educated in where thrash came from definitly pick this one up. I highly suggest you pick up Perescution Mania or better yet Mortal Way of Live which includes all the best Sodom songs played in a live setting in 1988. Trust me, when you listen to Mortal way of Live you can feel the energy they gave off. The only song that disturbs me is “Incest” Online there were rumors that Angelripper wanted his own sis. Yikes. Why sing about it!? Could just be a rumor back in the day.
Again, this is classic. I recommend three classic Sodom CDs which include this one, Perescution Mania, and Mortal way of Live.