Agent Orange (album)

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Agent Orange
Sodom-AgentOrange.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 June 1989
RecordedMarch–April 1989
StudioMusiclab Studios, West Berlin
GenreThrash metal
Length40:14
Label
ProducerHarris Johns
Sodom chronology
Mortal Way of Live
(1988)
Agent Orange
(1989)
Better Off Dead
(1990)

Agent Orange is the third studio album by German thrash metal band Sodom, released on 1 June 1989 by Steamhammer and SPV. It was their last album with guitarist Frank Blackfire (who would later join Kreator) until his return to the band in 2018. The lyrical content delves deeply into Tom Angelripper's fascination with the Vietnam War, with a song dedicated to the ground assault aircraft AC-47 as well as the Agent orange defoliant-inspired title-track. It was their first album to enter the German album charts where it reached number 36. Agent Orange sold 100,000 copies in Germany alone[1] and marked the commercial break through for the band. The song "Ausgebombt" was released on the EP Ausgebombt with German lyrics.

The album's liner notes carry the message: "This album is dedicated to all people – soldiers and civilians – who died by senseless aggressions of wars all over the world."

In March 2010, Agent Orange was re-released in a digipak with bonus tracks and liner notes containing lyrics and rare photos.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard9/10[5]

In 2005, Agent Orange was ranked number 299 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6] In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Agent Orange as 63rd on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.'[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Chris Witchhunter, Frank Blackfire and Tom Angelripper, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Agent Orange"6:04
2."Tired and Red"5:25
3."Incest"4:38
4."Remember the Fallen"4:20
5."Magic Dragon"5:59
6."Exhibition Bout"3:35
7."Ausgebombt"3:04
8."Baptism of Fire"4:03
9."Don't Walk Away" (Tank cover)2:56
Total length:40:14

Track 9 is a bonus track for initial CD pressings.

Personnel[edit]

Sodom

Production

  • Harris Johns – producer, engineering, mixing
  • Andreas Marschall – cover art
  • Manfred Eisenblätter – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[8] 36

Ausgebombt, EP[edit]

The band released two songs from Agent Orange on its third EP, Ausgebombt.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Ausgebombt" (German Version)3:07
2."Don't Walk Away" (Tank cover)3:00
3."Incest" (Live)4:28
Total length:10:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ BLABBERMOUTH - SODOM: 'Agent Orange' Re-Release Delayed Archived 8 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ SODOM Re-Release Of Agent Orange Postponed Until March. 2 February 2010. Metal Express Radio.
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Rock Hard review[dead link]
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 93. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  7. ^ http://www.theprp.com/2017/06/21/news/rolling-stone-share-choices-100-greatest-metal-albums-time/
  8. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 1 June 2013.