Sodom

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German four-piece speed/thrash metal band, regarded as very influential to the modern black metal scene.

Sodom's original line-up consisted of Tom Angelripper, Bloody Monster and Aggressor. The band was initially formed by Tom as a desperate attempt to get out of having to work in coal mines in his home town of Gelsenkirchen. Taking inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Tank, Venom and Accept, they released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer (none of which were recorded with Bloody Monster, who was replaced by Chris Witchunter). Aggressor left the band shortly before releasing the In the Sign of Evil EP (generally regarded as an important early black metal release), and was replaced by Grave Violator, who did not last long himself, and left following the recording of "In The Sign Of Evil". A replacement was found in the form of Michael "Destructor" Wulf. They then went and recorded Obsessed by Cruelty, their full length debut. It featured music that was mostly in the same vein of In The Sign of Evil. Wulf did not last long himself, and later went and joined Kreator (this relationship would not last long either, and the man would later die in 1993 after a tragic motorcycle accident).

For the most part, the band was not taken seriously at first, as various press sources stated them as nothing more than "a second rate Venom clone with semi inventive lyrics". One member would change that. This member was Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik, who came in to fill the empty guitar spot Wulf left behind thrash metal. Frank had convinced Tom that thrash metal was moving beyond the realms of the horror/occult/satanic themes of bands like Venom, and that themes such as politics, society, and war were being embraced. Tom was already very interested in various wars, yet viewed them as stupid and outright dumb. This new inspiration culminated into Frank's full length debut with the band, Persecution Mania. The new lyrical approach and increased musicianship on the part of Frank gave the band great praise (as well as a mascot Knarrenheinz, who appeared for the first time on Persecution Mania's cover), and they soon embarked on a tour of Europe with the Swiss thrash metal outfit Coroner. After touring for the better part of 1987 and 1988, the band returned to the studio to make another album. The final product was titled Agent Orange, and it sold 100,000 copies in Germany alone. This made Sodom famous, giving them world wide critical acclaim, and securing their place alongside Kreator and Destruction as one of the great three teutonic thrash metal bands. To this date, Agent Orange has sold more than any other German thrash metal album all over the world.

In January 2018, Tom Angelripper announced the departure of Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and Markus "Makka" Freiwald from the band. Two weeks later he announced the new line up including Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz on guitars and Stefan "Husky" Hüskens on the drums. This is the first time in the history of Sodom that the band has four members.

Current line-up:
* Tom Angelripper - vocals, bass
* Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik - guitar (1987-1989, 2018-)
* Yorck Segatz - guitar
* Stefan "Husky" Hüskens - drums

Former band members:
# Frank Testegen - guitar (1983-1984, 2007)
# Josef Dominic - guitar (1984-1985, 2007)
# Michael Wulf - guitar (1985-1986)
# Uwe Christophers - guitar (on tour in 1986)
# Uwe Baltrusch - guitar (on tour in 1989/1990)
# Michael Hoffman - guitar (1990)
# Andy Brings - guitar (1991-1995)
# Dirk Strahlimeier - guitar (1995-1996)
# Bernd "Bernemann" Kost - guitar (1996-2018)
# Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek - drums (1983-1992), died on 7 September 2008 from liver failure after a long battle with the illness.
# Guido "Atomic Steif" Richter - drums (1992-1995)
# Konrad "Bobby" Schottkowski - drums (1996-2010)
# Markus "Makka" Freiwald - drums (2010-2018)
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Albums

DG-Nr. 001 In The Sign Of Evil — Sodom Sodom In The Sign Of Evil (MiniAlbum, EP) Devil's Game DG-Nr. 001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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BRC 1978 Obsessed By Cruelty — Sodom Sodom Obsessed By Cruelty (Album) Steamhammer BRC 1978 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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08-7507 Persecution Mania — Sodom Sodom Persecution Mania (Album, Comp) Steamhammer, SPV 08-7507 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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RCC 9492 Mortal Way Of Live — Sodom Sodom Mortal Way Of Live (Album) Steamhammer RCC 9492 US 1988 Sell This Version
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SPV 85-7597, SPV 84-7597 Agent Orange — Sodom Sodom Agent Orange (Album) Steamhammer, Steamhammer SPV 85-7597, SPV 84-7597 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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SPV 008-76261 Better Off Dead — Sodom Sodom Better Off Dead (Album) Steamhammer SPV 008-76261 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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76544, SPV 008-76544 Tapping The Vein — Sodom Sodom Tapping The Vein (Album) Steamhammer 76544, SPV 008-76544 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
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TECX-25843 Marooned Live — Sodom Sodom Marooned Live (Album) Steamhammer TECX-25843 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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SPV 008-76761 Get What You Deserve — Sodom Sodom Get What You Deserve (Album) Steamhammer SPV 008-76761 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
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SPV MC 008-76964, 008-76964 Masquerade In Blood — Sodom Sodom Masquerade In Blood (Album) Steamhammer, Steamhammer SPV MC 008-76964, 008-76964 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
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BVCP-6021 'Til Death Do Us Unite — Sodom Sodom 'Til Death Do Us Unite (Album) GUN, BMG BVCP-6021 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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DRAKKAR 003, 74321 67384 2 Code Red — Sodom Sodom Code Red (Album) Drakkar Records, BMG DRAKKAR 003, 74321 67384 2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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MP-SPV 039 M-16 — Sodom Sodom M-16 (Album) Steamhammer MP-SPV 039 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
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SPV 091-69392 DCD-E One Night In Bangkok — Sodom Sodom One Night In Bangkok (Album) Steamhammer SPV 091-69392 DCD-E Russia 2003 Sell This Version
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ICARUS 233 Sodom — Sodom Sodom Sodom (Album) Steamhammer, SPV ICARUS 233 Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
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SPV 98502 CD The Final Sign Of Evil — Sodom Sodom The Final Sign Of Evil (Album) Steamhammer SPV 98502 CD Russia 2007 Sell This Version
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SPV 308712 CD In War And Pieces — Sodom Sodom In War And Pieces (Album) Steamhammer SPV 308712 CD Russia 2010 Sell This Version
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ICARUS 1132 Epitome Of Torture — Sodom Sodom Epitome Of Torture (Album) Steamhammer ICARUS 1132 Argentina 2013 Sell This Version
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none Decision Day — Sodom Sodom Decision Day (Album) Steamhammer, SPV none 2016 Sell This Version
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SPV 243582 CD Genesis XIX — Sodom Sodom Genesis XIX (Album) Steamhammer, SPV SPV 243582 CD US 2020 Sell This Version
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SPV 245969 Box 40 Years At War: The Greatest Hell Of Sodom — Sodom Sodom 40 Years At War: The Greatest Hell Of Sodom (Album) Steamhammer, SPV SPV 245969 Box Germany 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SPV 12-2122 Expurse Of Sodomy — Sodom Sodom Expurse Of Sodomy (Maxi, EP) Steamhammer SPV 12-2122 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
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SPV 55-7605 Ausgebombt — Sodom Sodom Ausgebombt (Maxi) Steamhammer SPV 55-7605 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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050-76305 The Saw Is The Law — Sodom Sodom The Saw Is The Law (Maxi) Steamhammer 050-76305 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
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TECX-12644 Aber Bitte Mit Sahne ! — Sodom Sodom Aber Bitte Mit Sahne ! (Single, EP, MiniAlbum, Maxi) Steamhammer TECX-12644 Japan 1993 Sell This Version

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nekrospiritual

nekrospiritual

August 26, 2021
Is there some real reason why their early material is not being pressed on vinyl but mainly only CD and casette? Anyone know?
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teschiodo74

teschiodo74

February 29, 2020
Almost 100 audio / video pieces are in my collection

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