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

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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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Sodom To Film Australian Concert For DVD

According to HailMetal.Com, SODOM's June 9 concert at The Republic Bar in Hobart, Australia will be filmed for a DVD, to be released in conjunction with the group's next studio album.

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), Ath?tor (guitar), Frank Blackfire (guitar), Michael Hoffman (guitar), Andy Brings (guitar) and Atomic Steif (drums). SODOM will then close the gig with five more classics.

SODOM's self-titled album was released in Germany on April 21, 2006 in Europe April 24, 2006 and in the USA May 9, 2006 via SPV Records. The band issued its "Lords of Depravity - Part I" DVD in the U.S. on February 21, 2006 via SPV. The first of two double-DVD sets contains the SODOM history from 1982 to 1995 plus live footage from concerts in Sofia and at the With Full Force, Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard festivals.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.

More details as they become available.

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Vreid Confirmed For Slovenia's Metalcamp Festival

VREID, the Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), has been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2007 festival, set to take place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia. More than 80 bands will perform on two stages over the course of five days of live music. VREID will play on the main stage on July 18. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Sodom Joined By Guitarist Frank Blackfire

Veteran German thrashers SODOM were joined by the band's former guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik during their December 28, 2006 appearance at Zeche in Bochum in Germany. Blackfire performed the track "Sodomy and Lust" with the group and also joined SODOM on stage for the backing vocals on "Ausgebombt". The 17-song set was filmed by German TV (WDR) and was also shot for use in the band's upcoming second volume of the "Lords of Depravity" DVD.

SODOM have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.

SODOM's self-titled album was released in Germany on April 21, 2006 in Europe April 24, 2006 and in the USA May 9, 2006 via SPV Records. The band issued its "Lords of Depravity - Part I" DVD in the U.S. on February 21, 2006 via SPV. The first of two double-DVD sets contains the SODOM history from 1982 to 1995 plus live footage from concerts in Sofia and at the With Full Force, Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard festivals. *(Thanks: Hans in The Netherlands)

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Kings Of Death and Speed Metal On 'Horror" DVD

The third volume of the "Horror Pain Gore Death" DVD collection of horror music videos (horror films mixed with metal music) from established and obscure death, thrash and '80s metal bands will be released on September 26. The complete track listing for the set is as follows:

CANCER - Blood Bath
EXODUS - A Lesson In Violence
SLAYER - Criminally Insane
MENTORS - Peepin' Tom
MORTA SKULD - Consuming Existence
SODOM - Outbreak Of Evil
NECKTIE - Hostages
BLÜDWÜLF - The Horror
SLAUGHTER - Fuck Of Death
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Thrashing Death
SEXCREMENT - Menstrual Money Shot
SAVAGE GRACE - Into The Fire
SUFFOCATION - Infecting The Crypts
KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
SEPULTURA - R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)
VENOM - Don't Burn The Witch

For more information, click here.

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Sodom Photos Of LA Signing Session, Concert Online

Several high-quality photos of SODOM's signing session at Dark Realm Records in Downey, California on Saturday, August 12, 2006 and the band's live appearance at the Key Club in Hollywood later that same night (along with a short review) have been posted online here.

In addition to their Hollywood appearance, SODOM performed at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City on August 10.

SODOM's self-titled album was issued in the U.S. in May. The CD was recorded and mixed at the premises of an old friend: Andy Brings. The former SODOM guitarist produced the new album at his Midas Twins studios in Hagen, Germany together with sound engineer Haan Hartmann. "Sodom" was mastered by Eroc, drummer with German rock cult band GROBSCHNITT.

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Sodom and Finntroll Announced For End Of Dayz Fest

SODOM and FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the End of 2006 Dayz festival, set to take place Decemebr 29-31 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. The festival billing is shapimng up as follows:

SODOM
FINNTROLL
UNREST
MYSTIC CIRCLE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED

More bands will be announced soon.

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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Concert TV To Air Sepultura, Type O Negative

A handful of SPV's artists will have their DVDs featured on the CONCERT On-Demand channel during the months of July and August. The schedule is as follows:

July 1 to July 31

SEPULTURA 'Live In Sao Paulo'
TYPE O NEGATIVE 'Symphony For the Devil: The World of Type O Negative'
UFO 'Showtime'
SKINNY PUPPY 'The Greater Wrong of the Right Live'
THE MISSION 'Lighting the Candles'
LEGENDS OF ROCK: Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, UFO Live at Castle Donnington

July 15 to August 15

ANNIHILATOR 'Ten Years In Hell'
SODOM 'Lords of Depravity'

CONCERT is available on Comcast (Music on Channel 1, then CONCERT), Adelphia (Free Choices on Channel 1, then Music, then CONCERT), Charter (More or Free Programs on Channel 999, then Music Unlimited, then CONCERT) and Cox (FreeZone, then Music, then CONCERT).

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Sodom Schedule West Coast Date

German thrashers SODOM have scheduled a West Coast date on August 12 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. The group's North American schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Aug. 10 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club (w/ IMMOLATION)
Aug. 12 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club

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Immolation Will Support Sodom In New York

Long-running New York death metallers IMMOLATION have been confirmed as the support act for German thrashers SODOM in New York City in August. The band's schedule is shaping up as follows:

with CRYPTOPSY, EXODUS:

Apr. 27 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Apr. 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 29 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 30 - New York, NY - B.B. King’s

May 02 - Montreal, QC – Medley (w/ EXODUS)
May 03 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace (w/ EXODUS)
May 19 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Showplace
May 20 - Middletown, New York - Death In The Forest
Aug. 10 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill (w/ SODOM)

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Sodom Frontman Slams Celtic Frost, Venom

SODOM frontman Thomas "Tom Angelripper" Such has slammed CELTIC FROST and VENOM for their comeback attempts, claiming that neither band is worthy of the attention being given to them by the metal media and fans alike. In a brand-new interview with the German webzine Terrorverlag (web site), Angelripper had the following to say when asked about both bands' upcoming albums and touring plans (translated from German):

On CELTIC FROST:

"I don't know what to think about that. The last few albums they released as CELTIC FROST were crap. OK, I'm sure that they are making a great [new] album, but I can't really trust them, coming back after all these years. . . Now they're getting a huge push, playing as headliners at the Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard Open Air festivals. We in SODOM have been playing and working our asses off non-stop for 25 years and we've never been invited to play the Rock Hard Festival! That really sucks! Maybe we should take a break for 15 years and then come back in wheelchairs. I'm sure then we would get a chance to play at some of those festivals!"

On VENOM:

"I've heard some of the new songs and they do not come close to 'Welcome to Hell', 'Possessed', 'Black Metal' or 'At War with Satan' in any way. Their time is over! The entire thing seems to me to be about making some quick money."

You can read the entire interview (in German) here.

SODOM's new self-titled album is scheduled for release in Germany on April 21, in Europe April 24 and in the USA May 9 via SPV Records.

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Release Date For New Sodom Album Announced

Long-running German thrashers SODOM will release their new, self-titled album on April 21 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "M-16" has already been recorded and is currently being mixed at a studio in Germany. In April the band will also undertake an East European tour, covering countries like Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, including an April 20 appearance at the Hall Of Metal Festival at Jahrhunderthalle in Breslau, Poland. Summer festival appearances are possible, to be followed by more extensive touring in the fall/winter.

SODOM will release their "Lords of Depravity - Part I" DVD in the U.S. on February 21 via SPV. The first of two double-DVD sets contains the SODOM history from 1982 to 1995 plus live footage from concerts in Sofia and at the With Full Force, Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard festivals.

In related news, SODOM frontman Thomas "Angelripper" Such's ONKEL TOM project will be on tour between March 2 and March 11. Support at the shows will come from VENDETTA and RUNAMOK. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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Finntroll Announces More Tour Dates

Finntroll has just announced a couple more North American tour dates with Sodom. Tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 06 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jan. 07 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan. 08 BB King's - NY, NY
Jan. 09 Medley - Montreal, Canada
Jan. 10 L'Imerial - Quebec City, Canada
Jan. 11 The Opera House - Toronto, Canada

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Finntroll and Sodom Tour

We can reveal two more dates for the upcoming 2006 tour that will feature the likes of European heavyweights FINNTROLL and SODOM.

January 7 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
January 11 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House

Other released dates include:

January 6 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Mayhem To Release Collection of Covers

According to a posting on MAYHEM's web site, the Norwegian black metallers will most likely release a CD consisting of a few covers and re-recordings before the new studio album is out. "The covers will be SODOM, BLACK SABBATH as well as two more bands," the posting adds. "The re-recordings will be from 'Wolfs Lair Abyss' [1997]. It will also contain a track from the forthcoming album. The CD may also contain some sort of live CD-ROM track."

Regarding the new material, guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson) said, "The new songs are tending towards a more aggressive and straight, in-your-face kinda expression. Expect 8-10 vicious and disharmonic songs of the purest of black metal. More info on when the band enters studio and which etc. later, but the album will most likely be recorded early 2006 for a late spring/early summer release. The album is still untitled."

MAYHEM's next live appearance wll take place on November 3 at the Elm St. Rock Caf? in Oslo, Norway. Following this show, MAYHEM will head over to Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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