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Persecution Mania Import, Extra tracks

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1987 album by the German death/ thrash metal trio. 13 tracks.


1. Nuclear Winter
2. Electrocution
3. Iron Fist
4. Persecution Mania
5. Enchanted Land
6. Procession To Golgotha
7. Christ Passion
8. Conjuration
9. Bomhenhagel
10. Outbreak Of Evil
11. Sodomy And Lust
12. The Conqueror
13. My Atonement

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks
  • Label: Steamhammer Europe
  • ASIN: B0000073Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Stott on March 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As one of the unholy triumvirate of German Thrash, Sodom was always heavier and more evil sounding than either Kreator or Destruction, and owed a huge debt to Motorhead and Venom. Second album `Persecution Mania' recorded in 1987 was a huge step up from the earlier, more primitive output, with a few dents hammered out of the unrelenting Sodom war machine.

As a three piece band Sodom were never going to be overly technical. The riffing is as basic as you'll ever find anywhere, but let's face it, riffs are what Thrash Metal is all about, and these sound good.

The album's lyrical content showed a transition taking place. The cheesy Satanic imagery was on the outer, being replaced by a more thoughtful anti-war lyrical stance.

The first of the anti-war songs, "Nuclear Winter", has a similar wailing guitar effect Slayer used, and indicated the band were lifting their game as far as complexity went.

Frank Blackfire's solos through the song are chaotic and far from precise, but it doesn't seem to matter.

The other anti-war song "Bombenhagel" (literal translation "hail of bombs") pointed directly where the classic `Agent Orange' was going to go. The band finally explored dynamics outside just playing as fast as they could. It links several slower passages with heads down thrash outs and bass solos, and pinches the militaristic melody from "Das Lied der Deutschen" (the German national anthem), perhaps as a comment on Germany's conflict filled past. The song finally descends into an ad-libbed groove conclusion.

And the Motorhead influence? Try a cover of the always gutsy "Iron Fist".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LLB on January 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
absolute gem of a thrash band, so much to say lyrically and musically. these guys have always been a breath of fresh air choosing to stay away from the generic stereotypes of metal like the cheesy evil obsessed and laughable satan references. much of their material stems from the sins of WAR and much more relevant topics. oh ya, they also kick ass, hope you have forgiving neighbours. play it loud, cheers
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Chelmowski on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Some of my earliest memories in the metal scene were the furious antics of Sodom. These German thrashers were one of those bands that drew me into the wonderful world of speed and aggression that I never heard before. Persecution Mania was one of those rare gems that never left my CD player for longer than a couple of months. The band was heavily influenced by thrash/speed metal bands like Motorhead, Venom, and Mercyful Fate and like their predecessors they often touched on dark subject matter but kept it somewhat nearer to home in general. By that I mean that they abandoned the demons and fantasy creatures in favor of real life violence and horror. Sodom being German and this being the mid 80s, the ubiquitous theme of Nuclear Holocaust was of course present in the form of the opening track `Nuclear Winter'.
It is a record which carefully balances on the line between death and thrash metal without ever disappointing fans of both these genres. Simple, blistering, furious, no holds barred, no subtlety. These epithets really sum up the record in one sentence. Add to this a solid pinch of earnestness and you have a classic on your hands.
This album contains many of the audience favorites like 'Nuclear Winter' or 'Outbreak of Evil' and not in the least the title track 'Persecution Mania'. The rec ord starts pummelling you in the face relentlessly from the very first riffs played by the legendary Frank Blackfire. They are not only speedy but also executed quite flawlessly as is the majority of this record. In my opinion it is Blackfire's contribution what makes this record and others by this band so great. Nothing but relatively simple chords and riffs interspersed with aptly placed solos.
Many of the tracks even though somewhat limited in depth more than make up for it in pure energy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Probably one of the planet's unholiest bands, that for sure. Didn't even know until recently that these scream-until-you're-dead black metal merchants were even still together. This CD is the band's second effort and maybe one of their best to date. Tracks that about made my wall clock fall were "Nuclear Winter", "Outbreak Of Evil", their Motorhead cover "Iron Fist", "My Atonement" and "The Conqueror". Line-up: Tom Angelripper - bass & vocals, Aggressor - guitar & vocals and Witch Hunter - drums. I'm assuming these aren't their REAL names. Should appeal to fans of Forbidden, Exodus, Onslaught, S.O.D. and King Diamond.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By INFESTER on October 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
SODOM came right back after ''OBESSED..'' with a much better offering!!

This is based around WAR and not SATAN this time(the band killed off all satanic lyric's at this stage)

Some of the best METAL song's you will ever hear!!!!!!
''CHRIST PASSION''
''NUCLEAR WINTER''
''PERSECUTION MANIA''..etc!

This re-release has killer bonus song's.. so BUY IT UP!!!!!!

ANOTHER ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVE ALBUM's...I RECEMOND YOU NOT BUY IT POSER!!!!!! ONLY FOR THE TRUE METAL FAN's..most own this by now as well!!!!!

''LIVING IN A LAND OF PROMISE''

I AM FORVER IN PERSECUTION MANIA!!!!!!! CULT!!!!!!!!!!
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