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

Latest Sodom News

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.

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Sodom Announces New DVD Release Dates

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they will be releasing their brand new, two-disc DVD entitled, "Lords Of Depravity II" in Europe on June 28th and on July 13th in North America. The first disc features a documentary on the band, focusing from the years 1995 to 2009. The second will include live footage, video clips and deleted scenes with around three hours worth of material.

Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper states: “Five years after releasing our first Sodom DVD, you’re now holding the second part in your hands. To begin with I want to thank you for your patience. In the meantime it happened a lot, which we want to give you an account of with this film.

"The story of LOD - part 1 ended in the year 1995, which included many ups and downs for me. It was a year I had to make a lot of decisions in, which where of essential importance for my career and further musical future. The last contractual album with SPV, Masquerade In Blood blazed the trail for rebound. When drummer Atomic Steif and guitarist Strahli left the band after the accomplishment of this album, I thought about forming a completely new band or turn my back on the music business forever. I lacked the willingness to discuss each of my decisions with the band members. I had to look ahead. The numerous replacements of band members in the past unnerved me and tested my mettle. The idea to start a solo project emerged through many intense conversations with friends and my musical surroundings. Producer Ulli Pösselt also encouraged me to this enterprise. A record label, which evinced the willingness in supporting the project was found straight. The Tom Angelripper – future Onkel Tom – project came into being and released four albums through the label GUN Records. I realized quickly, that living without Sodom was unacceptable for me. The record label wasn’t enthusiastic about perpetuating Sodom, the more so as the albums of the solo project worked out well in view of the circumstances at that time, even within the non-metal scene. I was advised to put Sodom on hold or to draw the curtain for good. To achieve a common purpose I convinced the head of the record label to recall Sodom to life with a completely new line-up. I became acquainted with drummer Bobby by fluke, later with guitarist Bernemann, who both roistered together in the bands Crows and Randalica. The phase of us getting to know each other certainly is described at length in this film. After a couple of rehearsals we decided to go on together and record a new album. This seemed like a new birth to me, and we got down to work, 'cause finally there were a lot of live shows to be played again. Initially, all this was virgin soil to Bobby and Bernemann. Our first tour, which we were doing together with many top-class bands turned out to be a long desired dream coming true for both of them. I finally made the attempt to establish a permanent line-up, which succeeded despite the hard time. More...

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Sodom Cancels U.S. Tour

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of the United States as a result of Visa issues. A message from the band 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."

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Sodom To Record New Album This Summer

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they will begin recording a new studio album this summer. This will be the bands first album since 2007's, "The Final Sign Of Evil." A message from lead singer Tom Angelripper reads as follows:

"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 SVP 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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New Irreverence Album To Feature Tom Angelripper

Italian thrashers IRREVERENCE have tapped Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper as a special guest on their upcoming new album, "Upon These Ashes," which is due out March 5, 2010 through Noisehead Records. The SODOM frontman has finished the recording sessions of his own vocal parts on "Echoes of War" and has declared himself satisfied of his involvement. In the words of the legendary singer: "Its great, pure thrash!!!"

Again, the tracklisting for "Upon These Ashes" is as follows:

1. Not One Of Them
2. The Shepherd Dog
3. Hands Of Fate
4. The Truth Mask
5. Echoes Of War
6. Nothing on my Mind
7. Repentance of God
8. Destructive Deviations
9. Vengeance
10. Instinct of Death

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Sodom Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

German thrash metal legends Sodom are the latest band to be added to Britain's Bloodstock Open Air Festival. The event will be held from August 14th to 16th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire. This will be Sodom's first show in Britain for twenty years.

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Arsames Confirmed For Metal Camp 2009

Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.

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Whiplash Pays Tribute To Late Sodom Drummer

Reunited New Jersey based thrash metal veterans Whiplash has posted a video message online paying tribute to deceased Sodom drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek. You can check it out below. Dudek passed away last September following a vital organ failure. More...

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Sodom Confirmed To Headline Milano Thrash Fest

German thrashers Sodom have been confirmed as the headlining act for the Milano Thrash Fest, which will take place on May 30th at the Thunder Road in Codevilla, Milano, Italy.

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Devious and Disabuse Added To Elserock Festival

DEVIOUS and DISABUSE have been confirmed for this year's Elsrock festival, set to take place August 29, 2009 in Rijssen, Netherlands.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

MUCKY PUP (20th anniversary reunion show)

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Exodus Confirmed For Bang Your Head Open Air 2009

Germany's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival 2009 has confirmed Exodus as the latest band to play. The show is set to take place on June 26th and 27th at Messegelände Balingen. Other confirmed bands include Blind Guardian, W.A.S.P., Sodom, Voivod, Powerwolf, Alestorm, and Sacred Reich.

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Destruction Returns To Sodom Show

German thrash metal legends Destruction will once again be taking part in the tribute show honouring the late Sodom drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek. The show will be headlined by Sodom and include performances from Destruction, Tankard, Assassin, Darkness, Holy Moses, Paradox, The Protectors, Blackfire and Wortmord. A message from Destruction mainman Schmier reads as follows:

"If this phone call would have happened earlier, all this painful confusion would have never taken place. Sodom and Destruction have both been on tour lately, I guess that did lead to a couple of misunderstandings that are all solved now.

"There was never any intention to argue about this event in any case! Tom and myself have a friendship since 25 years. The lack of communication via third parties did lead to some turbulent misinterpreting.

"I would like to point out, that we have moved our North American anniversary tour to play at this event. It was always very important to us. We have confirmed our participation already in late 2008. As some may remember, Chris toured with us before on the Eternal Devastation tour in 1986 when our drummer Tommy left the band. Since that day we were real mates! More...

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Destruction Denies Sodom Tribute Show Accusations

German thrash metal legends Destruction have issued a statement regarding the accusation that they pulled out of a tribute show for original Sodom drummer Chris Witchhunter.

The statement reads as follows: "To cut down rumours about the cancellation of the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Show, we need to speak out the truth about the non-professional behaviour of the so-called "promoter."

"Destruction agreed to play for free, without any of the normal demands on this charity event, the only demand was a professional poster. After that the wanna-be-promoter took the band off the bill. No communication with the band or the agency, nothing!

"This decision was beyond the band's control and will only hurt the fans and Chris' relatives.

"As a matter of respect for our dead friend, we will not fight this senseless decision in public. The event is a good thing for Chris and his family. Chris would turn over in his own grave, after such a stupid act. Destruction apologizes for this brainless decision of this wanna-be-promoter. Support Chris and his relatives!"

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Destruction Leaves Sodom Drummer Tribute Show

German thrash metal legends Destruction has pulled out of a tribute show for the late Sodom drummer, Chris Witchhunter, due to a dispute over the concert flyer. A posting from Sodom reads as follows:

"Now that we invited lots of Chris Witchhunter's and Sodom's friends to this event, we're sorry to inform you that Destruction won't take part. Destruction - respectively Schmier - weren't satisfied with the flyer and poster design. Regrettably this discontent had also been discussed on the Destruction message board and thereby word spread to other forums too. Via e-mail Schmier let us know that he doesn't want to be "a support act" with Destruction and that we "are supposed to look for someone else!" instead. We regret their decision. There will be a replacement for Destruction, which we're going to introduce next Monday, January 19th, 2009!

"As this festival's initiator, Sodom furthermore want to point out the basic idea behind this event again: We'd like to arrange a worthy farewell for Chris Witchhunter and still we also want to raise money for his mother. The event shall be a peaceful and untroubled party for every thrash metal fan. There's another topic that has been discussed on various forums too: 'Why don't Kreator take place, do they think they are too good for this?' If you have a look at Kreator's tour schedule you'll see that the band is on tour at this time. This is the reason why they can't take place! Well, this is a pity, but their tour had been planned a long time before the Chris Witchhunter Tribute Show."

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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:


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:

30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

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

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

29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival

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

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:

30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest

21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest

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

29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival

25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival

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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