Sodom (band)

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Sodom
Sodom Rockharz 2018 06.jpg
Sodom performing live at Rockharz in 2018
Background information
OriginGelsenkirchen, Germany
Genres
Years active1981–present
LabelsSteamhammer
Associated acts
Websitewww.sodomized.info
MembersTom Angelripper
Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik
Yorck Segatz
Toni Merkel
Past membersFrank Testegen
Josef Dominic
Michael "Destructor" Wulf (deceased)
Uwe Christophers
Uwe Baltrusch
Michael Hoffman
Andy Brings
Dirk "Strahli" Strahlmeier (deceased)
Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek (deceased)
Atomic Steif
Bobby Schottkowski
Bernd "Bernemann" Køst
Markus "Makka" Freiwald

Sodom is a thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen in Germany. The band was formed in 1981.

Members[change | change source]

Current line-up[change | change source]

Former members[change | change source]

  • Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek – drums (1981–1992; died 2008)
  • Frank Testegen – vocals, guitars (1981–1984)
  • Rainer Focke – drums (1981)
  • Josef "Grave Violator" Dominic – guitars (1984–1985)
  • Michael "Destructor" Wulf – guitars (1985–1986; died 1993)
  • Uwe Christophers – guitars (1986)
  • Uwe Baltrusch – guitars (1989–1990)
  • Michael Hoffman – guitars (1990)
  • Andy Brings – guitars (1991–1995)
  • Guido Richter – drums (1993–1996)
  • Dirk Strahlmeier – guitars (1995–1996; died 2011)
  • Bernd "Bernemann" Kost – guitars (1996–2018)
  • Bobby Schottkowski – drums (1997–2010)
  • Markus "Makka" Freiwald – drums (2010–2018)
  • Stefan "Husky" Hüskens – drums (2018–2020)

Albums[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Notes
1986 Obsessed by Cruelty Two versions of Obsessed by Cruelty were issued in a short space of time. The original mix was pressed up, but then not found to be satisfactory and so the entire album was remixed.[2]
1987 Persecution Mania
  • Released: December 1987
  • Label: Steamhammer
"A virtual tour de force of blinding speed and blunt force, it is also arguably the best album of Sodom's checkered career."[3]
1989 Agent Orange
  • Released: June 1989
  • Label: Steamhammer
1990 Better Off Dead
  • Released: October 1990
  • Label: Steamhammer
1992 Tapping the Vein
  • Released: August 1992
  • Label: Steamhammer
"... Sodom attempted to make the transition from thrash to death themselves with 1992's Tapping the Vein."[4]
1994 Get What You Deserve
  • Released: January 1994
  • Label: Steamhammer
1995 Masquerade in Blood
  • Released: June 1995
  • Label: Steamhammer
1997 'Til Death Do Us Unite
  • Released: 24 February 1997
  • Label: Steamhammer
1999 Code Red
  • Released: 31 May 1999
  • Label: Drakkar
2001 M-16
  • Released: 22 October 2001
  • Label: Steamhammer
2006 Sodom
  • Released: 21 April 2006
  • Label: Steamhammer
"Following a series of lackluster releases and a five-year hiatus, their self-titled umpteenth album rekindles all the elemental power that won them so many denim-clad followers in the eighties."
2007 The Final Sign of Evil
  • Released: 28 September 2007
  • Label: Steamhammer
The Final Sign of Evil contains a complete re-recording of their 1984 EP In the Sign of Evil and previously unreleased material not included on the EP.
2010 In War and Pieces
  • Released: 19 November 2010 (Germany), 22 November 2010 (Europe), 11 January 2011 (USA)
  • Label: Steamhammer
2013 Epitome of Torture
  • Released: 26 April 2013 (Germany), 7 May 2013 (USA)
  • Label: Steamhammer
2016 Decision Day
  • Released: 26 August 2016 (Germany)
  • Label: Steamhammer

Live albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Notes
1988 Mortal Way of Live
  • Released: October 1988
  • Label: Steamhammer
Sodom toured Europe in 1988 with Whiplash and recorded Mortal Way of Life, the "first ever double live thrash metal album".[5]
1994 Marooned Live
  • Released: September 1994
  • Label: Steamhammer
2003 One Night in Bangkok
  • Released: 28 July 2003
  • Label: Steamhammer

Compilation albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Notes
1996 Ten Black Years
  • Released: 2 December 1996
  • Label: Steamhammer
"As was the case with their very uneven career, Sodom's two-disc 'greatest-hits' set, Ten Black Years, is not the sort of collection one can easily appreciate when heard from start to finish."[6]
2012 30 Years Sodomized: 1982-2012
  • Released: 25 June 2012
  • Label: Steamhammer

References[change | change source]

  1. Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen. "The Saga of True Norwegian Black Metal". Vice. Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
  2. "Biography of Sodom". MusicMight. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  3. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Review of Persecution Mania". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  4. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Review of Tapping the Vein". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  5. Larkin, Colin (1995). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Guinness Publishing. p. 3864. ISBN 1-56159-176-9.
  6. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Review of Ten Black Years: The Best of Sodom". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 2 August 2009.

Other websites[change | change source]