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Sodom - Working On New Album

In a recent interview with Greek webzine Rock Overdose, Tom "Angelripper" Such of German Teutonic thrash metal band Sodom revealed that the band is currently working on a new album, with two songs completed and aiming for a 2012 release.


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Posted: 25.10.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (15)

Sodom - Guitarist Rushed To Hospital, Polish Show Cancelled

Sodom are forced to cancel their appearance at the Silesian Massacre Festival in Katowice, Poland this weekend, after guitarist, Bernd "Bernemann" Kost, was rushed to the hospital today.

Sodom's booking agency, Fleisch, issued the following statement: "A few minutes ago I received an upsetting phone call from Tom and Makka as Bernemann has been rushed to hospital. We do not know what exactly has happened as I write this e-mail, he is currently under medical observation in the emergency section to discover exactly what the problem is.

We feel very sorry, but unfortunately and obviously because of the situation as it stands at the moment the band cannot travel to Katowice on Saturday. I know it is not the best time and it is short notice, but the situation as it is with Bernemann leaves the band no choice. I hope for your understanding and I regret that this situation has come about, the band were looking forward to playing at your festival."

More news on Bernemann's condition as we get it.


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Event: Silesian Massacre Festival Vol. 3
Posted: 31.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Sodom - Former Guitarist Passed Away

Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper has just released the following statement regarding the death of former Sodom guitarist Dirk Strahlmeier:

"As I learned from a reliable source, our ex-guitarist Dirk "Strahli" Strahlmeier died this month in a hospital in Düsseldorf. Currently we don't know the exact circumstances of his death.

Strahli played on the album Masquerade In Blood which was released in 1995 on SPV. After that we had lost contact with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends."


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Posted: 30.01.2011 by worm_is_gloaming | Comments (23)

Sodom - New Song Online

Teutonic thrash metal band Sodom has posted a new track, entitled "The Art of Killing Poetry", online. "The Art of Killing Poetry" is available for streaming over at Decibel Magazine.

"The Art of Killing Poetry" comes off the band's latest album In War and Pieces which will be released on January 11, 2011 in the United States. In War and Pieces album details were previously reported here.


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Posted: 07.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (2)

Sodom - New Drummer Introduced

German thrash metallers Sodom have introduced their new drummer after the departure of long-time drummer Bobby Schottkowski early last week.

The new drummer is Markus "Makka" Freiwald - who is known for playing with bands, such as: Despair, Flaming Anger, Voodoocult, Kreator, Moonspell, and Rotting Christ.


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Posted: 09.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (7)

Sodom - Part Ways With Drummer

Hot on the heels of the release of In War And Pieces comes the news that Sodom has decided to end the cooperation between the band and long-time drummer Bobby Schottkowski.

Frontman Tom Angelripper and guitarist Bernemann released the following statement: "After personal and private problems between Tom and Bobby, was decided, by mutual agreement, the end of the cooperation between Sodom and the drummer Bobby Schottkowski. Tom and Bernemann will announce as soon as possible a replacement drummer. The shows from January will be performed as planned and the upcoming tour in February will take place in any case. Until then we will have incorporated the new drummer."


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Posted: 30.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (16)

Sodom - European Tour Dates Confirmed

Teutonic thrash metallers Sodom have announced a string of European live dates, scheduled to take place in February next year. The band will be touring in support of their latest effort, In War And Pieces, released in Germany last week and the rest of Europe today (more album details available here).

04.02.2011 (B) Vosselaar, Biebob
05.02.2011 (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
06.02.2011 (UK) London, Underworld
07.02.2011 (D) Saarbrücken, Garage
09.02.2011 (CH) Pratteln, z7
10.02.2011 (I) Milan, Live Club
11.02.2011 (A) Wien, Szene
12.02.2011 (SLO) Maribor, Stuk
13.02.2011 (H) Budapest, Diesel
15.02.2011 (D) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
16.02.2011 (D) Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.2011 (D) Bochum, Zeche
18.02.2011 (D) Erfurt, Centrum
19.02.2011 (D) Herford, X
20.02.2011 (D) Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik


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Event: Sodom
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (6)

Sodom - New Song Streaming Online

Sodom has made a brand new track, "In War And Pieces", available for streaming online. The song is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, set for release on November 22nd in Europe and on January 11, 2001 in the USA. Listen to "In War And Pieces" at this location.

All In War And Pieces album details are available here.


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Posted: 13.10.2010 by VezzyRattlehead | Comments (6)

Sodom - More Album Details Revealed

Official Press Release

For Tom Angelripper, his thrash metal band Sodom is a perfect vehicle to bluntly take a stand. Like few other musicians on this scene, he personifies - along with down-to-earthiness and honesty - a healthily critical position on political authorities and decision-makers from finance and industry. On their latest album, In War And Pieces, Sodom focus on the worst excesses of power: arrogance, greed, spotlight-seeking, fanaticism, corruption, cowardice and oppression.

Tom states: "I've always written about what's going on in the world, about the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can't change anything politically that way, but I would like to at least comment on the situation and generate an awareness of this deplorable state of affairs. Being a singer in a metal band allows me to voice my anger to a large audience."

This uncompromising attitude marks the eleven songs on Sodom's latest album which could hardly sound more dynamic and violent. In War And Pieces owes its bloodcurdling energy largely to producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Enemy Of The Sun), whose great skill and commitment were instrumental in creating the album's - as Tom calls it - "phat, brutal and open" sound. With Sorychta's support, Angelripper (vocals, bass), Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums) succeeded in adding new impulses to their music without watering down the band's long tradition. "Waldemar is a great musician himself and has done some brilliant work, especially on the guitar sound," Tom explains. "He knows how to get the absolute maximum out of a speaker."

As brutal as the production is the diverse songwriting on In War And Pieces, a kind of tour de force through the whole history of thrash metal, featuring harsh arrangements, melodic solos and raging vocal attacks. "I feel that we sound more contemporary and structured than we did on our recent releases," Tom analyses. "At the same time, there are also references to recordings such as Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. After Venom, Sodom were the world's first angry band, and nothing has changed that." Tom lists as examples the impressive title track, as well as "The Art Of Killing Poetry" with its ultra-deep guitar atmospheres and the German-language song, "Knarrenheinz", which holds up the tradition of classics such as "Bombenhagel" and "Ausgebombt". "Knarrenheinz is the mascot on the album cover, that's why I felt he deserved his own lyrics," Tom grins. Talking of album covers: the artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor, who enjoys an excellent reputation on the scene thanks to his work for renowned acts such as Testament, Gwar and Mekong Delta.


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Posted: 02.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (11)

Sodom - Enter The Studio, Album Title Revealed

Veteran thrashers Sodom have entered the studio to record the new album, In War and Pieces. According to the band, the album will be released later this year, on November 22th by the SPV/Steamhammer record label.

Famous producer Waldemar Sorychta - who previously worked with such acts as Tiamat, Moonspell and Sentenced - has been hired for the recordings.

Sodom bassist/vocalist Thomas "Angelripper" Such recently said the following about the new material: "There has never been a Sodom album which is so wide-ranged, as powerful and as typically Sodom as this one."


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Posted: 02.08.2010 by Fane | Comments (11)

Sodom - Lords Of Depravity II DVD Coming Soon

German thrash legends Sodom will be releasing their Lords Of Depravity II DVD on June 25th in Germany, June 28th throughout Europe and on July 13th in the North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Sodom will be holding a release party for their Lords Of Depravity II DVD on June 26th in Berlin, Germany at Blackland.

The double digipak DVD with O-Card features two DVD's. DVD 1 contains the complete history 1995-2009 of approximately 230 minutes. DVD 2 features the band's 25th anniversary at Wacken 2007 (old band members), with a few video clips and deleted scenes (approximately 180 minutes).

Lords Of Depravity II cover art] tracklist:

DVD1: The complete history 1995-2009

- Intro
- Onkel Tom
- Tom Is Looking For New Members
- Reunion Sodom
- Til Death Us Unite (Recordings)
- Endzeit Festival
- Til Death Us Unite (Promo And Release)
- Summer Metal Meeting
- Lauchhammer
- With Full Force 97
- Wacken 97
- Lieder Wie Orkane
- Südamerika 97
- Usa 97
- Ein Tröpchen Voller Glück
- Code Red
- Ein Strauss Bunter Melodien
- Desperados (How This Developed)
- Dynamo 99
- With Full Force 99
- Fuck The Millennium Tour
- Desperados (Release)
- With Full Force 2000
- M16 (Recordings)
- Bangkok 2001
- Wacken 2001
- M16 (Release)
- Hell Comes To Your Town Tour
- Japan
- One Night In In Bangkok
- Summer Open Airs 2002
- Moskau 2003
- One Night In In Bangkok (Release)
- With Full Force 2003
- Bang Your Head 2003
- Summer Open Airs 2002
- Sofia
- Greece
- Summerbreeze 2004
- Lords Of Depravity/ Sodom Rehearsals
- Ankara
- South America 2005
- Metalcruise
- Usa 2006
- Sodom (Recordings / Release)
- Rockhard 2006
- Japan 2006
- European Tour With Finntroll And Legion Of The Damned
- Eastern European Tour
- Final Sign Of Evil
- Klassentreffen (All Ex-members Under One Roof)
- Death Of Chris Witchhunter
- Australia, Indonesia, Thailand
- Wacken 2007
- Outro

DVD2: Live at Wacken Open Air 2007

01. Intro
02. Blood On Your Lips
03. Wanted Dead
04. City Of God
05. Axis Of Evil
06. Blasphemer
07. Proselytism Real
08. Christ Passion
09. Magic Dragon
10. Tarred And Feathered
11. One Step Over The Line
12. Get What You Deserve
13. Abuse
14. Frozen Screams
15. The Vice Of Killing
16. Napalm In The Morning
17. Sodomy And Lust
18. Ausgebombt
19. The Saw Is The Law
20. Outbreak Of Evil
21. Bombenhagel
22. Outro

+ Videoclips:
Fuck The Police
City Of God

+ Deleted Scenes


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Posted: 18.06.2010 by Johannes | Comments (4)

Sodom - US Tour Cancelled Due To Visa Issues

German thrash legends Sodom have cancelled their upcoming US tour.

The band's statement reads as follows: "Due to solid problems with our local tour promoter and getting our Visa in time, we are forced to cancel the upcoming shows. We already had our suitcases packed and were ready to go. We are awfully sorry to take these steps, but everybody acquainted with the entering provisions of the USA knows what we're talking about. We are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness, that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction.

We are "only" the musicians, who would have loved to rock the USA again. We owe this to our fans, even more because we made ourselves scarce in the US since the foundation of this band, of course through no fault of our own. The one who botched this up will have to be confronted with the local organizers and club owners and account for his faults.

We surely will catch up on these shows as soon as possible, which we especially owe to our fans. In the end, this set of problems redounds upon us, because we're in the front line and have to be answerable to our fans. I hope we didn't lose too many fans due to this mess, but all people who know us are aware of the fact, that we would do anything for our fans. The risk of being forbidden to enter the USA for 10 years or even getting arrested is too high. We hope for your understanding and keep you informed about the latest facts."

In other news, Sodom recently completed their forthcoming DVD, Lords Of Depravity Part 2.


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Posted: 21.05.2010 by Fastolphbolger | Comments (15)

Sodom - To Record New Album This Summer

Tom Angelripper of German metallers Sodom has issued the following update on the band's MySpace blog:

"The current economic problems have overtaken and finally reached the music business, too. Also, the labels have to suffered, and in our case, this applies to the label SPV. This is also applied to the artists when it comes to the well-planned releases which had to be deferred. But now SPV is newly built up and ready for action. They are currently concentrating on the remainder of the bands like us. Therefore there will be no barrier. Finally, we have to file here and there in the studio to our and your satisfaction.

There has never been a Sodom album which is so wide-ranged, as powerful and as typically Sodom as this one.

At the moment we are searching for a new studio which is able to fulfill our ideas of a high-quality production.

We will start the recording in summer so as to we are able to release the album in fall or pre-Christmas trade.

At this point I'd like to thank you for your patience one more time."


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Posted: 02.05.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (8)

Sodom - Chris Witchhunter Dies

Original drummer of German thrashers Sodom, Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek, who left the band in 1992 has recently died on Sunday the 7th of September.
The message on the official Sodom site reads:

"Dear Friends,

I want to inform you that Chris Witchhunter died last Night. A few hours ago we received a message from Witchhunters Mom that Chris is dead. We are shocked and stunned this time but we want to tell all Sodom Fans that one of the founding Members of Sodom gone forever. At first we thought that this is not true but by the tears of Chris Momů it´s true!

Please spread the message!

R.I.P Chris!

Best Wishes Tommy"


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Posted: 09.09.2008 by Baz Anderson | Comments (29)

Sodom - Update About 25th Anniversary Show On W:O:A

Long-running German thrashers Sodom will play a special 25th anniversary set at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany.

The 120-minute performance will kick off with four songs from the band's latest, self-titled album, after which the group will be joined by several ex-members for a set of songs that have rarely or never before been played live. Making special guest appearances during this portion of the show will be Chris Witchhunter (drums), Grave Violator (guitar), Athätor (guitar), Frank Blackfire (guitar), Michael Hoffman (guitar), Andy Brings (guitar) and Atomic Steif (drums). Sodom will then close the gig with five more classics.

The group's entire setlist for the performance will be as follows:

New Songs:

01. Blood On Your Lips
02. Wanted Dead
03. City Of God
04. Bibles And Guns

"Historical" Portion Of The show (featuring guests):

05. Burst Command 'Til War
06. Obsessed By Cruelty
07. Christ Passion
08. Magic Dragon
09. Tarred And Feathered
10. The Crippler
11. Get What You Deserve
12. Abuse
13. Scum
14. Frozen Screams
15. Warlike Conspiracy
16. Genocide
17. Lords Of Depravity

Closing Classics:

18. Sodomy And Lust
19. Ausgebombt
20. The Saw Is The Law
21. Outbreak Of Evil
22. Bombenhagel


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Event: Wacken Open Air 2007
Posted: 08.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (7)