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Formed: 1980
From: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Initial Bands Announced For Thrash Assault 4 Fest

The initial bands have been announced for the Thrash Assault 4 Festival, which is to take place on November 14, 2009 in Würzburg, Germany at Posthalle (www.posthalle.de).

The bands announced so far are:

SODOM (Ger)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
ROOT (CZ)
FUELED BY FIRE (USA)
SENTINEL BEAST (USA)

Three more bands are expected to be announced still, including one "cult band" as the third co-headliner.

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Original Sodom Drummer Passes Away

German thrash legends Sodom has announced that their original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) passed away yesterday. No further details are available at this time.

Dudek made a special appearance on Sodom's latest album, "The Final Sign Of Evil" which is a collection of re-recordings of older Sodom material.

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Destruction, Kreator And Sodom To Tour The U.S.?

Destruction/Headhunter mainman Schmier was recently interviewed by Metal Asylum, during which he had the following to say regarding the new album "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." and touring in support of the record:

Metal Asylum: How far along is the new Destruction album?
Schmier: "The album comes out here (Germany) in August and September in the States and we are gonna try and hook up a tour with our mates Kreator and Sodom for the States. That would be fucking great. We are trying to do this for the beginning of next year."

Metal Asylum: Are you trying anything different with the music for the new Destruction?
Schmier: "I think its maybe a little more technical than the last couple albums (Inventor of Evil and Metal Discharge), maybe a little more harmonies. It has some more lead work."

Read the full article at MetalAsylum.

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"Get Thrashed" DVD Release Date Announced

"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.

The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:

Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...

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Sodom Announces More Shows

German thrashers SODOM have updated their live schedule. The dates now read as follows:

May
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

June
14 - Wermelskirchen, GermanyAJZ Bahndamm
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest

July
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz
25 - Elmshorn, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
26 - Obersinn, Germany - Eisenwahnfestival

August
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

October
25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival

November
7 - Oslo, Norway - Screamfest
30 - Soest, Germany - Alter Schlachthof

December
19 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix

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Sodom Announces More European Shows

German thrash legends Sodom have announced some more shows in Europe. Their tour schedule is now as follows:

May
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

June
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest

July
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz
25 - Elmshorn, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
26 - Obersinn, Germany - Eisenwahnfestival

August
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

October
25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival

November
7 - Oslo, Norway - Screamfest
30 - Soest, Germany - Alter Schlachthof

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At War Confirmed For Headbangers Open Air Festival

At War will be playing this years Headbangers Open Air Festival in Hamburg Germany on July 15th along with Exodus and Sodom. At War will also be making it's first appearance in Mexico at "Circo Volador" in Mexico City with Agent Steel on July 19th. At War will also be releasing their first Live DVD, entitled "Live at the Norva," on May 28th. This DVD includes all the classic songs from "Ordered to Kill" and "Retaliatory Strike" plus two brand new songs from their upcoming CD, "Infidel." For even more info and to check out some of the band's material, visit their MySpace page .

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Sodom Add More Tour Dates

German thrashers SODOM have updated their live itinerary to include the following scheduled dates:

March
8 - Athens, Greece - March Metal Days

April
12 - Wieze, Belgium - Pestpop Festival
26 - Essen, Germany - Turock

May
3 - Hauzenberg, Niederbayern, Germany at Walpurgis Metal Days
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

June
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest

July
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz
25 - Elmshorn, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
26 - Obersinn, Germany - Eisenwahnfestival

August
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

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Sodom Update Tour Schedule

German thrashers SODOM have updated their live itinerary to include the following scheduled dates:

March
8 - Athens, Greece - March Metal Days

May
3 - Hauzenberg, Niederbayern, Germany at Walpurgis Metal Days
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

June
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest

July
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz

August
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

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Sodom Post 'City Of God' Video Online

"City of God", the latest video from veteran German thrashers SODOM, is available for download at this location (MPG file; 69 MB).

SODOM will make several festival appearances next year and is planning on releasing the second part of its "Lords of Depravity" DVD. Also in the works are reissues of some of the band's earlier recordings.

SODOM's new album, "The Final Sign of Evil", will be released as a double vinyl package on February 1, 2008 via SPV Records. The LP features re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, "In the Sign of Evil", plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released. As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP. More...

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Sodom Announce Post-X-Mas Show

SODOM, along with RAGE, STORMWARRIOR and a to-be-announced guest, will play "After X-Mas Metal Blast 2007", scheduled for Saturday, December 29th, 2007at Halle Gartlage - Schlachthofstrasse, Osnabrück, Germany

Further show details can be found at this location.

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Sodom And More Confirmed For Zagreb Metal Fest

AMORPHIS, SODOM and UNLEASHED are among the confirmed bands for the Zagreb Metal Fest, set to take place May 30, 2008 at the Boogaloo Club in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the first metal festival of this kind in Croatia and it is expected to grow in the coming years.

The final festival billing is as follows:

AMORPHIS
SODOM
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL
BELPHEGOR
CASKETGARDEN
USUD

Pre-sale will start on December 15, 2007.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Get Thrashed Expect April DVD Release

The makers of Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal have issued the following brief message:

"For all those who have been asking - Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal should be out on DVD April, 2008. More details coming soon!!!"

Get Thrashed documents the history of thrash metal by dissecting the genre from its head banging beginnings to the present day resurgence. The film features some incredible vintage live footage as well as interviews from legendary acts such as EXODUS, SODOM, ANTHRAX, METALLICA and more!

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Sodom Update Live Schedule

German thrashers SODOM have updated their tour schedule with the following dates confirmed:

October
20 - Valencia, Spain - HMH Festival
27 - Koblenz, Germany - Rhein Metal Cruise II

November
2 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
3 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana

December
1 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Arnhem Metal Meeting
2 - Essen, Germany - Metalbörse West Stadthalle
16 - Würzburg, Germany - Metalbörse Soundpark Ost

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Sodom Announce More European Dates

German thrashers SODOM have the following European scheduled:

September
8 - Reiden, Switzerland - Back To Rock Festival

October
27 - Koblenz, Germany - Rhein Metal Cruise II

December
2 - Essen, Germany - Metalborse West Stadthalle
16 - Wurzburg, Germany - Metalborse Soundpark Ost

Sodom's new album, The Final Sign Of Evil, is scheduled for release on September 28th in Germany and October 1st in Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. A North America date is pending. As previously reported, the album will feature re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, In The Sign Of Evil, plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released.

As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP.

The Final Sign of Evil is being produced by Sodom's webmaster Toto, who stated about the upcoming CD, "The official name is The Final Sign Of Evil, and follows the plan to make the In The Sign Of Evil a complete album. So the seven additional tracks are not a real bonus, because they fulfill an album, like it should [have done] back in 1984."

The tracklisting is as follows:

'The Sin Of Sodom' *
'Blasphemer' **
'Ashes To Ashes' *
'Witching Metal' **
'Sons Of Hell' *
'Burst Command 'Til War' **
'Where Angels Die' *
'Sepulchral Voice' **
'Hatred Of The Gods' *
'Bloody Corpse' *
'Outbreak Of Evil' **
'Defloration' *

* bonus tracks
** songs which were on the original version of In The Sign Of Evil

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Sodom To Tour U.S. In April/May

Long-running German thrashers SODOM are planning on embarking on a short U.S. tour in late April/early May 2008. No further details are currently available.

SODOM played a special 25th anniversary set at Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany. The 120-minute performance kicked off with four songs from the band's latest, self-titled album, after which the group was joined by several ex-members for a set of songs that have rarely or never before been played live. SODOM then closed the gig with five more classics.

SODOM's new album, "The Final Sign of Evil", is scheduled for release on September 28 in Germany and October 1 in the rest of Europe via SPV Records. A North American release date has not yet been announced. The CD will feature re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, "In the Sign of Evil", plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released. As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP.

The band's webmaster Toto, who produced the effort, previously stated about the upcoming CD, "The official name is 'The Final Sign of Evil', and follows the plan to make the 'In the Sign of Evil' a complete album. So the seven additional tracks are not a real bonus, because they fulfill an album, like it should [have done] back in 1984."

"The Final Sign of Evil" track listing:

01. The Sin Of Sodom *
02. Blasphemer **
03. Ashes To Ashes *
04. Witching Metal **
05. Sons Of Hell *
06. Burst Command 'til War **
07. Where Angels Die *
08. Sepulchral Voice **
09. Hatred Of The Gods *
10. Bloody Corpse *
11. Outbreak Of Evil **
12. Defloration *

* bonus tracks
** songs which were on the original version of "In The Sign Of Evil"

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

Zonda Books has posted this press release:

Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.

Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.

In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.

Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.

Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.

Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!

The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...

And that's just some of the "A"'s!

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SODOM's "The Final Sign Of Evil" Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for SODOM's upcoming album, "The Final Sign of Evil", has been posted online at this location (artwork by Andreas Marschall). The CD will feature re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, "In the Sign of Evil", plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released. As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP.

"The Final Sign of Evil" is being produced by SODOM's webmaster Toto, who stated about the upcoming CD, "The official name is 'The Final Sign of Evil', and follows the plan to make the 'In the Sign of Evil' a complete album. So the seven additional tracks are not a real bonus, because they fulfill an album, like it should [have done] back in 1984."

Regarding how he got involved on the production side, Toto said, "Peppi heard a demo I produced with a side project which was founded by me back in 2003. A friend of mine (Frank Hübner, he's with me in the project and his neighbour) gave it to him. And after all they decided not to work with Harris [Johns] or Andy [Sneap], they decided to run a little test with me. So in spring 2006 we started a two and a half week pre-production. They were happy with the sound and after four weeks I got the call: You're the one. Of course, that was a dream! In the following month I started to watch nearly every rehearsal, learned the songs and rehearsed with Chris, when Peppi was on holiday. A real big thing for an old mid-Eighties SODOM fan! But believe me: It's real hard work!"

On the subject of how the re-recordings are turning out, Toto said, "Some of the old songs will sound a little bit different, because Chris decided to change some of the drum parts. But don't mind it, because the classic one will stay as a classic, no matter what we're doing. Some will love it, other may hate it, that's the normal way life goes.

"Peppi and me are working on the guitars and it's a hard job for him. The last time he has been in a studio was for the recordings in 1984 for the 'Sign of Evil'. For Chris it was similar. Chris made his last recordings in 1994 for a project called WITCHHUNTER which never been released. But both [have] done their very best. It's obviously that both had a hard [time] during the recordings."

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Sodom Announce Australian Tour Dates

SODOM have confirmed that they will launch the ‘Persecution Across Australia Tour‘ this June, with support coming from various local acts across all dates. Confirmed shows are as follows:

June 8 - Melbourne, Australia @ The HiFi Bar
June 9 - Hobart, Australia @ The Republic
June 11 - Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live
June 13 - Brisbane, Australia @ Club Phoenix
June 15 - Sydney, Australia @ Gaelic Club

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