Masquerade in Blood

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Masquerade in Blood
Sodom masq.jpg
Studio album by Sodom
Released 1 June 1995
Recorded January – February 1995
Genre
Length 42:34
46:21 (Japanese edition)
Label Steamhammer/SPV
Producer Uli Pösselt
Sodom chronology
Marooned Live
(1994)
Masquerade in Blood
(1995)
Ten Black Years
(1996)

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.[1]

Overview[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

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".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tom Angelripper; all music composed by Angelripper, Atomic Steif and Strahli, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Masquerade in Blood"   3:19
2. "Gathering of Minds"   4:16
3. "Fields of Honour"   3:23
4. "Braindead"   2:29
5. "Verrecke!" (Lyrics in German)   2:48
6. "Shadow of Damnation"   2:57
7. "Peacemaker's Law"   3:23
8. "Murder in My Eyes"   2:38
9. "Unwanted Youth"   3:32
10. "Mantelmann" (Lyrics in German)   2:10
11. "Scum"   5:24
12. "Hydrophobia"   3:23
13. "Let's Break the Law" (Originally performed by Anti-Nowhere League) Nick Culmer, Chris Exall 2:55
Total length: 42:34

Personnel[edit]

Sodom[edit]

  • Tom Angelripper – vocals, bass guitar
  • Strahli – rhythm/lead guitar
  • Atomic Steif – drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Uli Pösselt – production

References[edit]