Masquerade in Blood
|Masquerade in Blood|
|Studio album by Sodom|
|Released||1 June 1995|
|Recorded||January – February 1995|
46:21 (Japanese edition)
Masquerade in Blood is the seventh studio album by German thrash metal band Sodom, released on 1 June 1995 by Steamhammer/SPV. Musically, Masquerade is often seen as the band's rawest and heaviest record, and continues in the same vein as that of their previous album, but in a more post-thrash fashion.
The album includes a cover of Anti-Nowhere League song "Let's Break the Law", as well as a cover of Saxon song "20,000 Feet". The latter is only found on the Japanese releases of the album. This is also the only release to feature guitarist Strahli, and the second and last for drummer Atomic Steif, since the former was arrested in 1996 for possession of drugs, while the latter left the band for personal reasons.
Masquerade in Blood continues in the same modern hardcore punk approach as their previous studio effort Get What You Deserve (which was released in the previous year), however it is most notable for introducing a new groove metal style, with "overwhelming" death metal being present on select songs.
AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia gave the album two stars out of five, noting it as being "something of a return to form" for the band. However, he actually remarked that "such enthusiasm was rather exaggerated", and also criticized it as "a dire listening experience".
All lyrics written by Tom Angelripper; all music composed by Angelripper, Atomic Steif and Strahli, except where noted.
|1.||"Masquerade in Blood"||3:19|
|2.||"Gathering of Minds"||4:16|
|3.||"Fields of Honour"||3:23|
|5.||"Verrecke!" (Lyrics in German)||2:48|
|6.||"Shadow of Damnation"||2:57|
|8.||"Murder in My Eyes"||2:38|
|10.||"Mantelmann" (Lyrics in German)||2:10|
|13.||"Let's Break the Law" (Originally performed by Anti-Nowhere League)||Nick Culmer, Chris Exall||2:55|
|Japanese bonus track|
|14.||"20,000 Feet" (Originally performed by Saxon)||Biff Byford, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson, Pete Gill||3:39|
- Tom Angelripper – vocals, bass guitar
- Strahli – rhythm/lead guitar
- Atomic Steif – drums
- Uli Pösselt – production