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Classic Review: Sodom - Tapping The Vein
Tapping The Vein

Label: SPV
Year released: 1992
Duration: 46:11
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: June 20, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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Rated 4.16/5 (83.18%) (44 Votes)

"Tapping The Vein" was release number 6 from these madmen from Deutschland and is by no means unrivaled to the rest of their discography. If anything, it is much better than majority of them, keeping well in mind that they have yet to release a weak record. It is beyond me why on Earth this album is so underrated. The only thing I can pinpoint it too is the fact that it was released at a time when thrash metal is supposed to have 'died' with the rise of death and black metal. Bullshit! After hearing this, the consistency levels of Sodom may never be questioned by me again and as long as these maniacs are around, thrash metal is here to stay!

If all you want is just neck-breaking thrash assaults from head to toe, then the need to look further ends here. Everything about this disc is pure gold, from the barbarous cover art to the merciless, anger inducing, light speed headbanger onslaughts. I think every soldier on a battlefield should have headphones and a discman on him and have this album blasting his ears! It is impossible not to be pumped full of adrenaline and feeling the need to brutally smash something after 46 minutes of "Tapping The Vein". This is the heaviest and most ferocious album since "Persecution Mania" by these guys and does deliver exactly what they are made of.

There are no slow ballads or technical wankery in order to show how talented musicians they are. They prove that point by delivering the sickest solos and riffs ever to have been pressed on to plastic, even though a lot of these riffs are very similar to stuff from "Persecution Mania." I couldn't care less.

This album seems to incorporate elements from all the previous Sodom releases, although the raw viciousness of their early records is lacking here, which for me is a good thing as I just cannot stand a horrible production job. You would be well advised to pick this one up if you are a thrash fan, but please, if you wish to live, do not crank this while driving! You will feel a strong urge to ram your car into someone who doesn't know how to drive! You know those fuckers who can't pick a lane? Trust me! I had a hard time resisting!

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