Sodom

Members of Sodom: Aggressor (5), Ahäthoor, Andy Brings, Atomic Steif, Bernd Kost, Bobby Schottkowski, Christian Dudek, Dirk Strahlmeier, Frank Gosdzik, Grave Violator, Markus Freiwald, Michael Hoffmann (3), Michael Wulf, Thomas Such
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.sodomized.info/, http://www.myspace.com/sodom

Discography of Sodom:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Persecution Mania 13 Audio 2000 Steamhammer
2 In The Sign Of Evil / Obsessed By Cruelty 21 Audio 1988 Steamhammer
3 Agent Orange 8 Audio 1989 Steamhammer
4 Mortal Way Of Live 13 Audio 1988 R/C Records
5 In The Sign Of Evil 5 Audio 1986
6 Obsessed By Cruelty 13 Audio 1986
7 Agent Orange 9 Audio 1989-06-00
8 Mortal Way Of Live 14 Audio 1988-10-00
9 Get What You Deserve 16 Audio 1994-01-00 Steamhammer
10 Tapping The Vein 11 Audio 1994-08-00 Steamhammer
11 Better Off Dead 12 Audio 1990 Steamhammer
12 Aber Bitte Mit Sahne ! 4 Audio 1993 Steamhammer
13 Obsessed By Cruelty 12 Audio 1986 Steamhammer
14 In The Sign Of Evil 5 Audio 1985 Devil's Game
15 Ausgebombt 3 Audio 1989 Steamhammer
16 Persecution Mania 9 Audio 1987 Steamhammer
17 Masquerade In Blood 13 Audio 1995 Steamhammer
18 Better Off Dead 12 Audio 1990 Steamhammer
19 Ausgebombt 3 Audio 1989 Steamhammer
20 The Saw Is The Law 3 Audio 1991 Steamhammer
21 'Til Death Do Us Unite 15 Audio 1997
22 Code Red 13 Audio 1999
23 M-16 11 Audio 2001-10-22 Steamhammer
24 Sodom 11 Audio 2006-04-21 Steamhammer
25 Better Off Dead 12 Audio 1990 Steamhammer
26 M-16 11 Audio 2001 Steamhammer
27 Sodom 12 Audio 2006-06-28 Steamhammer
28 The Final Sign Of Evil 12 Audio 2008 Steamhammer
29 Live Στο Ρόδον 5 Audio 1991
30 Tapping The Vein 11 Audio 1992-08-00
31 Expurse Of Sodomy 3 Audio 1987 Steamhammer
32 Pretenders To The Throne 6 Audio 2008 Big Scrotum Records
33 Expurse Of Sodomy 3 Audio 1987 Steamhammer
34 In The Sign Of Cruelty 4 Audio 1992 Sodomania
35 Satans Conjuration 19 Audio Death Valley 69
36 2 Originals Of Sodom: Persecution Mania · In The Sign Of Evil / Obsessed By Cruelty 32 Audio 2000 Steamhammer
37 In The Sign Of Evil 5 Audio 1985 Metal Blade Records
38 Mortal Way Of Live 13 Audio 1988 Roadracer Records
39 The Saw Is The Law 3 Audio 1991 Steamhammer
40 Marooned Live 23 Audio 1994-09-01 Steamhammer
41 Code Red 12 Audio 2007 Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
42 M-16 11 Audio 2007 Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
43 One Night In Bangkok 24 Audio 2008 Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
44 Masquerade In Blood 13 Audio 1995 Steamhammer
45 Sodom 11 Audio 2006
46 Persecution Mania 9 Audio 1987 Steamhammer
47 Persecution Mania 9 Audio 1987 Steamhammer
48 Agent Orange 15 Audio 2010 Steamhammer
49 'Til Death Do Us Unite 15 Audio 1997
50 Tapping The Vein 11 Audio


German three-piece speed/thrash metal band, regarded as very influential to the modern black metal scene.

Sodom's original line-up consisted of Tom Angelripper, Bloody Monster and Aggressor. The band was initially formed by Tom as a desperate attempt to get out of having to work in coal mines in his home town of Gelsenkirchen. Taking inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Tank, Venom and Accept, they released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer (none of which were recorded with Bloody Monster, who was replaced by Chris Witchunter). 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, and left following the recording of In the Sign of Evil. A replacement was found in the form of Michael "Destructor" Wulf. They then went and recorded Obsessed by Cruelty, their full length debut. It featured music that was mostly in the same vein of In The Sign of Evil. Wulf did not last long himself, and later went and joined Kreator (this relationship would not last long either, and the man would later die in 1993 after a tragic motorcycle accident).

For the most part, the band was not taken seriously at first, as various press sources stated them as nothing more than "a second rate Venom clone with semi inventive lyrics". One member would change that. This member was Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik, who came in to fill the empty guitar spot Wulf left behind thrash metal. Frank had convinced Tom that thrash metal was moving beyond the realms of the horror/occult/satanic themes of bands like Venom, and that themes such as politics, society, and war were being embraced. Tom was already very interested in various wars, yet viewed them as stupid and outright dumb. This new inspiration culminated into Frank's full length debut with the band, Persecution Mania. The new lyrical approach and increased musicianship on the part of Frank gave the band great praise (as well as a mascot Knarrenheinz, who appeared for the first time on Persecution Mania's cover), and they soon embarked on a tour of Europe with the Swiss thrash metal outfit Coroner. After touring for the better part of 1987 and 1988, the band returned to the studio to make another album. The final product was titled Agent Orange, and it sold 100,000 copies in Germany alone. This made Sodom famous, giving them world wide critical acclaim, and securing their place alongside Kreator and Destruction as one of the great three teutonic thrash metal bands. To this date, Agent Orange has sold more than any other German thrash metal album all over the world.

[i][b]Actual lineup:[/i][/b]

* Tom Angelripper - vocals, bass

* Bernd "Bernemann" Kost - guitar

* Markus"Makka"Freiwald - drums

[i][b]Former band members:[/i][/b]

# Frank Testegen - guitar (1983-1984, 2007)

# Josef Dominic - guitar (1984-1985, 2007)

# Michael Wulf - guitar (1985-1986)

# Uwe Christophers - guitar (on tour in 1986)

# Frank Gosdzik - guitar (1987-1989, special appearance in the December 28, 2006 concert in Bochum)

# Uwe Baltrusch - guitar (on tour in 1989/1990)

# Michael Hoffman - guitar (1990)

# Andy Brings - guitar (1991-1995)

# Dirk Strahlimeier - guitar (1995-1996)

# Christian Dudek - drums (1983-1992)

# Guido Richter - drums

# Bobby Schottkowski - drums

Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek died on 7 September 2008 from liver failure after a long battle with illness.


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