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Sodom

Sodom is a German thrash metal band formed in 1982. Original line-up were Tom Angelripper, Chris Witchhunter and Aggressor. Taking inspiration from bands such as Mot?ad and Venom, they released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer. 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. On the debut album Obsessed by Cruelty he was replaced by Destructor. However, after the release Destructor left the band to join Kreator. ...read more

Sodom is a German thrash metal band formed in 1982. Original line-up were Tom Angelripper, Chris Witchhunter and Aggressor. Taking inspiration from bands such as Mot?ad and Venom, they released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer. 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. On the debut album Obsessed by Cruelty he was replaced by Destructor. However, after the release Destructor left the band to join Kreator.

Thereafter their break-through album Persecution Mania was released with yet another guitarist, Frank Blackfire. A live album Mortal Way of Live followed. The next album made Sodom famous; Agent Orange was released in 1989. This album managed to sell 100,000 copies in Germany alone. Since then, Sodom is one of the three big names of German Thrash metal; the others are Kreator and Destruction. Again a new guitarist was to be found as Blackfire also left the band to join Kreator. The replacement was found in Michael Hoffman.

In this line-up the Better Off Dead album was released in 1990. During the South American tour however, Hoffman decided to stay in Brazil and therefore was forced to quit. His replacement was found in Andy Brings and a new album was recorded, titled Tapping the Vein, which was more death metal influenced than before. This proved to be the last album with the drummer Witchhunter who quit because of lack of interest in metal music. Atomic Steif found his way behind the drumkit.

This line-up now, recorded the next album, Get What You Deserve. Out were the death metal influence, in came the hardcore influences. Despite a terrible album cover, Get What You Deserve was a major step forward for the band artistically although many fans were disappointed with the new direction. Also, this marked the beginning of less international visibility for Sodom as thrash lost it's commercial viability for the remainder of the 1990's. At this time Angelripper also started a solo career doing metal impressions of drinking songs, German schlagers and even Xmassy Carols. Another live album was recorded of the tour in support of this album called Marooned - Live.

In the same vein as the previous album, Masquerade in Blood was released in 1995. Again another guitarist was to be found. The new axeman was Sthrahli, but he did not stay very long with the band either; he was fired due to drug problems. Also Atomic Steif left and again Angelripper needed to search for new members. These were found in the person of Bernemann on guitars and Bobby Schottkowski on drums.

The album 'Til Death Do Us Unite featured a controversial album cover, depicting the belly a pregnant woman and a beer gut of a man pressing a human skull together. Apparently this line-up has stabilised the band significantly and is still current. In 1999 Code Red was released and formed a return to the sound of the 1980s thrash metal. A limited edition featured a bonus CD containing a tribute to Sodom album called Homage to the Gods. In the same vein, M-16 was released displaying Sodoms interest in the Vietnam War. The title of course refers to the automatic rifle M16. A tour followed with the other two big German thrash metal bands Kreator and Destruction.

In 2003, a double live album was recorded in Bangkok, Thailand, titled One Night in Bangkok. A new album simply titled Sodom is released in 2006, in the same vein as its precedessors Code Red and M-16. The title was chosen as Angelripper explained because every band needs a self-titled album. The album was however delayed because the DVD Lords of Depravity took more time to compose that initially thought. « hide

Similar Bands: Kreator, Destruction, Exodus, Venom, Gomorrah

LPs
Epitome of Torture
04/26/2013

3.3
94 Votes
In War and Pieces
2010

3.9
235 Votes
The Final Sign of Evil
2007

3.4
108 Votes
Sodom
2006

3.8
173 Votes
M-16
2001

4.2
369 Votes
Code Red
1999

3.8
164 Votes
'Til Death Do Us Unite
1997

3.2
106 Votes
Masquerade in Blood
1995

3.2
106 Votes
Get What You Deserve
1994

2.9
100 Votes
Tapping the Vein
1992

3.8
184 Votes
Better Off Dead
1990

3.3
131 Votes
Agent Orange
1989

4.3
548 Votes
Persecution Mania
1987

4.2
394 Votes
Obsessed by Cruelty
1986

3.6
197 Votes
EPs
Aber bitte mit Sahne
1993

2.6
9 Votes
The Saw Is the Law
1991

3.2
10 Votes
Ausgebombt (Ep)
1989

3.3
9 Votes
Expurse of Sodomy
1987

4.2
27 Votes
In the Sign of Evil
1984

3.9
140 Votes
Victims Of Death (demo)
1984

3.8
10 Votes
Witching Metal (demo)
1982

3
13 Votes
Live Albums
Lords Of Depravity: Part I
2006

3.9
8 Votes
One Night In Bangkok
2003

3.7
8 Votes
Live In Der Zeche Carl
1994

3
2 Votes
Marooned Live
1994

2.6
7 Votes
Mortal Way Of Live (DVD, VHS)
1988

3.8
6 Votes
Mortal Way Of Live
1988

3.7
14 Votes
Satans Conjuration (Demo & Live)
1985

3
4 Votes
Compilations
SODOM Official bootleg - The Witchhunter decade
06/22/2012

4
1 Votes
30 Years Sodomized: 1982-2012
06/15/2012

4.5
1 Votes
The Art of Killing Poetry
2010

4
1 Votes
Agent Orange (2010 Reissue)
2010

4.7
19 Votes
The Sins Of Sodom
2005

3.3
3 Votes
VA Homage To The Gods - A Tribute To Sodom
1999

2.8
5 Votes
Ten Black Years
1996

3.9
10 Votes

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