Sodom

Profile:
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 Sodom - In The Sign Of Evil album art Sodom In The Sign Of Evil (MiniAlbum, EP) Devil's Game DG-Nr. 001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
BRC 1978 Sodom - Obsessed By Cruelty album art Sodom Obsessed By Cruelty (Album) Steamhammer BRC 1978 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
SH 0084 - 3 Sodom - Persecution Mania album art Sodom Persecution Mania (Album, Comp) Steamhammer SH 0084 - 3 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
RCC 9492 Sodom - Mortal Way Of Live album art Sodom Mortal Way Of Live (Album) Steamhammer RCC 9492 US 1988 Sell This Version
SPV 85-7597, SPV 84-7597 Sodom - Agent Orange album art Sodom Agent Orange (Album) Steamhammer SPV 85-7597, SPV 84-7597 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
SPV 008-76261 Sodom - Better Off Dead album art Sodom Better Off Dead (Album) Steamhammer SPV 008-76261 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
none Sodom - Tapping The Vein album art Sodom Tapping The Vein (Album) Steamhammer none 1992 Sell This Version
TECX-25843 Sodom - Marooned Live album art Sodom Marooned Live (Album) Steamhammer TECX-25843 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
SPV 008-76764 Sodom - Get What You Deserve album art Sodom Get What You Deserve (Album) Steamhammer SPV 008-76764 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SPV MC 008-76964, 008-76964 Sodom - Masquerade In Blood album art Sodom Masquerade In Blood (Album) Steamhammer, Steamhammer SPV MC 008-76964, 008-76964 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
BVCP-6021 Sodom - 'Til Death Do Us Unite album art Sodom 'Til Death Do Us Unite (Album) GUN, BMG BVCP-6021 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
DRAKKAR 003, 74321 67384 2 Sodom - Code Red album art Sodom Code Red (Album) Drakkar Records, BMG DRAKKAR 003, 74321 67384 2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
SPV 085-72442 CD Sodom - M-16 album art Sodom M-16 (Album) Steamhammer SPV 085-72442 CD Germany 2001 Sell This Version
SPV 091-69392 DCD-E Sodom - One Night In Bangkok album art Sodom One Night In Bangkok (Album) Steamhammer SPV 091-69392 DCD-E Russia 2003 Sell This Version
ICARUS 233 Sodom - Sodom album art Sodom Sodom (Album) Steamhammer, SPV ICARUS 233 Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
SPV 98502 CD Sodom - The Final Sign Of Evil album art Sodom The Final Sign Of Evil (Album) Steamhammer SPV 98502 CD Russia 2007 Sell This Version
SPV 308712 CD Sodom - In War And Pieces album art Sodom In War And Pieces (Album) Steamhammer SPV 308712 CD Russia 2010 Sell This Version
ICARUS 1132 Sodom - Epitome Of Torture album art Sodom Epitome Of Torture (Album) Steamhammer ICARUS 1132 Argentina 2013 Sell This Version
none Sodom - Decision Day album art Sodom Decision Day (Album) Steamhammer, SPV none 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SPV 12-2122 Sodom - Expurse Of Sodomy album art Sodom Expurse Of Sodomy (Maxi, EP) Steamhammer SPV 12-2122 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
SPV 55-7605 Sodom - Ausgebombt album art Sodom Ausgebombt (Maxi) Steamhammer SPV 55-7605 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
050-76305 Sodom - The Saw Is The Law album art Sodom The Saw Is The Law (Maxi) Steamhammer 050-76305 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
TECX-12644 Sodom - Aber Bitte Mit Sahne ! album art Sodom Aber Bitte Mit Sahne ! (EP, Maxi) Steamhammer TECX-12644 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GUN124, 74321 46638 2 Sodom - 'Til Death Do Us Unite album art Sodom 'Til Death Do Us Unite(CD, EP, Promo) GUN, BMG Entertainment GUN124, 74321 46638 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none Sodom - The Big Teutonic 4 album art Kreator / Sodom / Destruction / Tankard Kreator / Sodom / Destruction / Tankard - The Big Teutonic 4 (EP) Legacy Magazine none Germany 2012 Sell This Version