Band Photo: Sodom (?)
From: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Sodom news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Mike, Schmier, and Vaaver from German thrash act Destruction are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter to record their new thrash hammer. The thirty year anniversary album will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, there have been guest visits from Mr. Tom Angelripper and Gerre from Tankard.
Mastermind Schmier commented: "For this anniversary album we did a really great job, our new drummer VAAVER opens up new possibilities of course. On this album there are no limits. So fast, brutal and yet groovy we haven't ever sounded, probably! Also the guest musicians are very special this time: with Gerre (TANKARD) and Tom Angelripper (SODOM) our old friends and companions are with us, the original 'Mad Butcher/Release from Agony' - line up is doing one song and with Ol Drake (EVILE) we got the hottest young thrash guitarist for a few solos on the album!
"Germany's best extreme metal producer Andy Classen will take care for the brutal and raw production! The album will destroy even more than DOR: fast riffs, double bass attacks and brutal groovy songs, I think this time we found the 100% right mix!
"Also the 'Mad Butcher' returns to the cover. Cool artworks are very important for us; for the new thrash thunderstorm our artist Gyula created a real hammer again! The artwork makes clear immediately where to go - FULL FORCE AHEAD - as it has to be."
Sodom has issued the following announcement about a brief delay in the release of the band's new 30th anniversary box set:
"The release of the limited (3.000 worldwide) deluxe boxset named '30 Years Sodomized - 1982-2012' for the 30th band anniversary will be delayed to June 25th in Europe and July 17th in the USA. But the content will stay the same:
- 2 LPs 'Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade,' red marbled vinyl
- 1 CD 'Official Bootleg – The Witchhunter Decade'
- 2CD 'Thirty Years War' best of - compiled by Tom Angelripper
- 30th Anniversary poster
- 32 page book in LP format about the history of the band incl. unseen photos and complete discography
- Size: 35 x 35 cm, hard cardboard material with top
"Get your copy and share the news. Support Thrash!" More...
The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:
"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.
"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.
The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...
The German thrash legends from Sodom will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. And if you know Tom Angelripper & Co. it will be not be half-hearted. On July 17th a limited edition deluxe box set entitled "30 Years Sodomized - 1982-2012" will be released in North America. There will only be 300 copies made available and it features the following content:
- 2 LPs Official Bootleg - The Witchunter Decade, colored vinyl
- 1 CD Official Bootleg - The Witchhunter Decade
- 2CD Thirty Years War best of compiled by Tom Angelripper
- 30th Anniversary poster
- 32 page book in LP format about the history of the band incl. unseen photos
- Size: 35 x 35 cm, hard cardboard material with top
With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.
At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.
Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.
Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos
The full lineup so far is as follows: More...
The first 16 bands for Barge To Hell 2012, the new all-extreme metal cruise from the organizers of 70,000 Tons of Metal, have been announced.
The lineup so far is:
SIX FEET UNDER
German thrash legends Sodom announced that the Winterfire Festival scheduled for March 3, 2012 in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) has been cancelled by the promoter. In a post on Facebook, the band stated:
"Unfortunately we reveived the news from the local promoter that the Winterfire Festival 2012 is cancelled."
The event was scheduled to include performances by: Sodom, Powerwolf, In Solitude, Onslaught, Accuser, Portrait, Bitter Piece.
In other Sodom news, the band is currently rehearsing and writing material for the follow up to "In War and Pieces" for a summer 2012 release, which coincides with the band's 30th Anniversary.
A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder
Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...
Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.
Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:
Heaven Shall Burn
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder
German band Powerwolf has been added to the Winterfire Festival in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) on March 3, 2012.
The lineup for the festival is as follows:
The Way of Darkness VI festival is running from October 6th through the 8th at the Stadthalle (city hall building) in Lichtenfels, Germany. The line-up of bands for the three day fest is as follows:
ABYSMAL TORM ENT (MT)
AVULSED - 20 Jahre Avulsed (ES)
CEPHALIC CARNAGE (USA)
DYING FETUS (USA) - Exclusive European Show 2011
ENTOMBED (SE) - Special Old School Show: Only songs from "Left Hand Path" & "Clandestine"
EXHUMED (USA) FLESHCRAWL - 20 years Fleshcrawl
GRAVE (SE) - Special 20th anniversary show ("Into the Grave")
HAIL OF BULLETS (NL)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
MALIGNANT TUMOUR (CZ) - 20 years Malignant Tumor
MARTIN MISSY AND THE PROTECTORS
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
MORGOTH - 20 years "Cursed" (Exclusive Southern Germany show)
SEVERE TORTURE (F)
THANATOS (F) More...
Germany's Neuborn Open Air Festival will take place on August 26th and August 27th in Wörrstadt. Burden of Grief is the latest band to be confirmed to the open air festival's lineup. The current billing is as follows:
Burden of Grief
For further information on the festival (in German only), head over to this location.
German thrash metal band Sodom has announced that they have been forced to pull out of their scheduled show with Hirax in Katowice, Poland this Saturday, after guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost was rushed to hospital. A message from the group's booking agent is as follows:
"A few minutes ago I received an upsetting phone call from Tom (Angelripper - vocals, bass) and Makka (Markus "Makka" Freiwald - drums) as Bernemann (Bernd "Bernemann" Kost - guitar) 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 (Poland) 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 bands have now been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Summer Breeze Open Air 2011, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th in Germany. The newest additions to the festival are Benighted, Blitzkid, Deadlock, God Dethroned, Hackneyed, Mad Sin, Postmortem, and Powerwolf.
Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
As I Lay Dying
Hail of bullets
Devil sold his soul More...
As many people are aware, February is Black History Month in the United States of America. Always one to respect cultures and take part in something, we here at MetalUnderground.com are dedicating this month to the history of Black Metal. We will be looking at some of the biggest names in the genre, those who helped to shape it and some of the promising younger black metal bands in the underground.
While American thrash metal has it’s Big Four, with constant debate among fans as to who belongs there and who should be added to expand the number, German thrash metal has always had their Three Kings, who’s reign will never be challenged. We’ve already looked at Destruction, so this week we’ll be examining Sodom, who along with Destruction, proved to be a major influence on black metal as it is known today. The band was formed in 1981 by Tom “Angelripper” Such as an attempt to escape from his job as a coal miner and took much of their inspiration from New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands such as Venom, Tank and Saxon. After going through a few members, they eventually signed to SPV/Steamhammer Records and released their debut EP, “In The Sign Of Evil,” with a full length album, “Obsessed By Cruelty” following shortly afterwards. The album was widely panned by critics, dismissing the group as a second rate Venom and criticising their occult themed lyrics. More...
Dirk Strahlimeier, the former guitarist of German thrash metal legends Sodom, has passed away. Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper has posted the following statement online regarding Strahlimeier's death:
"As I learned from a reliable source, our ex-guitarist Dirk 'Strahli' Strahlmeier died this month in a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany. 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.
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.
The lineup is now as follows:
As I Lay Dying
Blaas Of Glory
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Hail Of Bullets
Heaven Shall Burn