SODOM

Thrash Metal • Germany
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Sodom is a German thrash band, formed in 1982. They are one of the big three teutonic thrash bands, along with Kreator and Destruction.

Sodom’s original line-up consisted of Tom Angelripper, Chris Witchhunter (R.I.P. 7th September 2008 - “Decompensation of his organic system”) and Aggressor. Taking inspiration from British punk/metal bands such as Motörhead, Discharge, Anti-Nowhere League and Venom, they released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer. 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. On the debut album Obsessed by Cruelty he was replaced by Destructor. After the release however, Destructor left Sodom to join Kreator. Destructor (Michael Wulf) died in a motorcycle accident in 1995.

Thereafter, their breakthrough album Persecution Mania was released with yet another guitarist,
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SODOM albums / top albums

SODOM Obsessed by Cruelty album cover 3.26 | 8 ratings
Obsessed by Cruelty
Thrash Metal 1986
SODOM Persecution Mania album cover 4.09 | 21 ratings
Persecution Mania
Thrash Metal 1987
SODOM Agent Orange album cover 4.10 | 26 ratings
Agent Orange
Thrash Metal 1989
SODOM Better Off Dead album cover 3.94 | 8 ratings
Better Off Dead
Thrash Metal 1990
SODOM Tapping the Vein album cover 4.23 | 11 ratings
Tapping the Vein
Thrash Metal 1992
SODOM Get What You Deserve album cover 2.89 | 5 ratings
Get What You Deserve
Thrash Metal 1994
SODOM Masquerade in Blood album cover 3.00 | 4 ratings
Masquerade in Blood
Thrash Metal 1995
SODOM 'til Death Do Us Unite album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
'til Death Do Us Unite
Thrash Metal 1997
SODOM Code Red album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Code Red
Thrash Metal 1999
SODOM M-16 album cover 3.50 | 10 ratings
M-16
Thrash Metal 2001
SODOM Sodom album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Sodom
Thrash Metal 2006
SODOM The Final Sign of Evil album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
The Final Sign of Evil
Thrash Metal 2007
SODOM In War and Pieces album cover 3.59 | 7 ratings
In War and Pieces
Thrash Metal 2010
SODOM Epitome of Torture album cover 3.73 | 7 ratings
Epitome of Torture
Thrash Metal 2013
SODOM Decision Day album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Decision Day
Thrash Metal 2016

SODOM EPs & splits

SODOM In the Sign of Evil album cover 2.56 | 3 ratings
In the Sign of Evil
Thrash Metal 1984
SODOM Expurse of Sodomy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Expurse of Sodomy
Thrash Metal 1987
SODOM Aber bitte mit Sahne! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aber bitte mit Sahne!
Thrash Metal 1993
SODOM Sacred Warpath album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sacred Warpath
Thrash Metal 2014
SODOM Hellion Rising / Water Boarding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hellion Rising / Water Boarding
Thrash Metal 2014
SODOM The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II
Thrash Metal 2015
SODOM Warmongers / Inside My Crosshairs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warmongers / Inside My Crosshairs
Thrash Metal 2016
SODOM Days of Retribution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Days of Retribution
Thrash Metal 2016
SODOM Partisan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Partisan
Thrash Metal 2018
SODOM Chosen By The Grace Of God album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chosen By The Grace Of God
Thrash Metal 2019
SODOM Out Of The Frontline Trench album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Out Of The Frontline Trench
Thrash Metal 2019

SODOM live albums

SODOM Mortal Way of Live album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Mortal Way of Live
Thrash Metal 1988
SODOM Marooned: Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Marooned: Live
Thrash Metal 1994
SODOM One Night in Bangkok album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
One Night in Bangkok
Thrash Metal 2003

SODOM demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SODOM Witching Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witching Metal
Thrash Metal 1982
SODOM Victims of Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Victims of Death
Thrash Metal 1984
SODOM Live Στο Ρόδον album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Στο Ρόδον
Thrash Metal 1991
SODOM 'Til Death Do Us Unite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
'Til Death Do Us Unite
Thrash Metal 1997
SODOM The Art of Killing Poetry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Art of Killing Poetry
Thrash Metal 2010
SODOM The Big Teutonic 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4
Thrash Metal 2012
SODOM The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II
Thrash Metal 2015

SODOM re-issues & compilations

SODOM In the Sign of Evil / Obsessed by Cruelty album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
In the Sign of Evil / Obsessed by Cruelty
Thrash Metal 1988
SODOM Sodomania album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sodomania
Thrash Metal 1991
SODOM Ten Black Years: Best Of album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Ten Black Years: Best Of
Thrash Metal 1996
SODOM Sodom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sodom
Thrash Metal 2005
SODOM 30 Years Sodomized: 1982-2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
30 Years Sodomized: 1982-2012
Thrash Metal 2012
SODOM 5 Original Albums in 1 Box (2013) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
5 Original Albums in 1 Box (2013)
Thrash Metal 2013
SODOM 5 Original Albums in 1 Box (2014) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
5 Original Albums in 1 Box (2014)
Thrash Metal 2014

SODOM singles (3)

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Ausgebombt
Thrash Metal 1989
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The Saw Is the Law
Thrash Metal 1991
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Get What You Deserve
Thrash Metal 1993

SODOM movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Mortal Way of Live
Thrash Metal 1988
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Live in der Zeche Carl
Thrash Metal 1994
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Lords of Depravity, Pt. 1
Thrash Metal 2005
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Lords of Depravity II
Thrash Metal 2010

SODOM Reviews

SODOM In the Sign of Evil

EP · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"In the Sign of Evil" is an EP release by German metal act Sodom. The EP was released through Steamhammer in May 1984. It´s the band´s first label release after forming in 1981 and releasing the "Witching Metal" demo in 1982 and the "Victims of Death" demo in 1984. "In the Sign of Evil" features five tracks and a full playing time of 19:13 minutes. Four of those tracks are new original compositions, while "Witching Metal" is also featured on both preceding demo releases.

Sodom are mostly known for playing teutonic thrash metal and being one part of the unholy German thrash metal triumvirate of Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction, but on this EP the music style is a blackened type of speed metal. It´s raw and aggressive, it´s noisy, it´s primitive, and it´s above all unpolished and authentic. One simple and raw speed metal track with raspy snarling vocals succeed the one before, and it´s all delivered in an almost helpless untight fashion. So this more or less sounds like a couple of angry teenage boys playing and recording in their parents garage somewhere in Gelsenkirchen. It´s especially Venom I´m reminded of (Bathory and Hellhammer too), but there´s a Motörhead influence in there somewhere too.

Now I know some black metal purists, who consider a release like "In the Sign of Evil" the unholy grail, will probably choke on their glass of blood, but viewed upon in terms of musicianship, productions values, and songwriting, "In the Sign of Evil" is a very immature and badly produced release. There´s plenty of authentic aggression and rawness to it, but if you crave just a slight bit sophistication in terms of compositional standards, this probably won´t meet your demands. Personally I view it as a historical document of the early speed/black/thrash metal scene and find it interesting as such, but I don´t put in on for listening pleasure. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

SODOM Agent Orange

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
So why did you start listening to heavy metal? The rebellion factor? Iron Maiden's cool covers? Hearing Black Sabbath from someone older? Seeing Bros on telly in the late 1980s and thinking "This is awful"?

For me, it was the sheer childish pleasure of head banging, playing air guitar, and pretending to be Steve Harris. Metal looked and sounded like fun, so I tried it, and I'm still hooked. During that time, Sodom has given me a lot of pleasure (don't take that the wrong way!) and has caused me many a whiplashed neck from frenzied headbanging. 'Agent Orange' is an album to slip on when no one is around, put away all breakable things in the room, pick up a tennis racket, and just let rip!

Sodom were never a band to let technicality to get in the way of a good song. Equal parts Venom and Motorhead, this is thrash metal at it's most basic, and most effective. Like those two legendary noisy three piece bands, the trio of musicians in Sodom may not be the best in their field, but working on Motorhead's "Fuck it, it's only rock and roll" theory, produced some of the most ungodly thrash noise ever to make it to record. At one time, Sodom were one of the most extreme bands in the world, even being labelled "death metal" and "black metal" back in the mid 1980s.

It's hard to believe Sodom had slowed down for this album. Listen to songs like "Ausgebombt" booming out of your stereo and you'll hear a simple repetitive bass line, fairly basic piledriver drumming, catchy riffs, and Tom Angelripper's Teutonic shout over it all. It's not particularly tight in places, almost verging on falling apart during a few of the solos, but fuss is kept to a minimum. There are even punk rock shout-along choruses here. There's the odd solo thrown in, but you'll not find a self-indulgent fiddle-fest. Bands today who don't use solos should take note- you don't have to be Yngwie Malmsteen to play a good solo.

The title track, "Remember The Fallen" and Ausgebombt" are the pick of the bunch here, although that said, there are really no dud tracks on this album. When this was released in 1989, Sodom were moving away from the anti-Christian sentiments of earlier releases, having found a deeper vein of inspiration in railing against the stupidity of war. One track which is just a little disturbing however, is "Incest". Apparently Angelripper fancied his own sister...

"Agent Orange" has all the ingredients a good thrash album needs. Days later, the pounding songs will still be echoing in your subconscious, and you will be flicking devil horns at everyone you meet. Remember the fallen!

SODOM Persecution Mania

Album · 1987 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
As one of the unholy triumvirate of German thrash, Sodom was always heavier and more evil sounding than either Kreator or Destruction, and owed a huge debt to Motorhead and Venom. Second album `Persecution Mania' recorded in 1987 was a huge step up from the earlier, more primitive output, with a few dents hammered out of the unrelenting Sodom war machine.

As a three piece band Sodom were never going to be overly technical. The riffing is as basic as you'll ever find anywhere, but let's face it, riffs are what thrash metal is all about, and these sound good.

The album's lyrical content showed a transition taking place. The cheesy Satanic imagery was on the outer, being replaced by a more thoughtful anti-war lyrical stance.

The first of the anti-war songs, "Nuclear Winter", has a similar wailing guitar effect Slayer used, and indicated the band were lifting their game as far as complexity went.

Frank Blackfire's solos through the song are chaotic and far from precise, but it doesn't seem to matter.

The other anti-war song "Bombenhagel" (literal translation "hail of bombs") pointed directly where the classic `Agent Orange' was going to go. The band finally explored dynamics outside just playing as fast as they could. It links several slower passages with heads down thrash outs and bass solos, and pinches the militaristic melody from "Das Lied der Deutschen" (the German national anthem), perhaps as a comment on Germany's conflict filled past. The song finally descends into an ad-libbed groove conclusion.

And the Motorhead influence? Try a cover of the always gutsy "Iron Fist". The simplistic but effective bass line is seems perfectly suited to the album, almost like it was written for Sodom, and Tom Angelripper's take on Lemmy's lyrics add a vicious tone.

"Conjuration" borrows a little from "Overkill" and even the previously aired "Iron Fist", with a vigorous, bass driven theme and a riff which is simplicity itself. It first appeared as "Satan's Conjuration" on the band's early demo `Victims Of Death'.

Often though, Sodom careen along like a runaway train, often playing far too fast for their own good, only just managing to rein things moments before derailment. The title track is a perfect example. Drummer Chris Witchhunter has never been technically proficient, but was usually adequate enough. He seemed to be trying to play catch up on the track, while Angelripper had difficulty trying to spit out the multi-syllabic lyrics. Only Frank Blackfire seemed to cope with the pace of the song, firing out riffs and solos with ease.

"Outbreak Of Evil" and the three tracks from the `Expurse Of Sodomy' single were added to the album on its re-release. "Outbreak Of Evil" came from the overtly Satanic and wonderfully primal `In The Sign of Evil' EP, while the other three tracks sound little different to the majority of the album.

While not the thrash essential `Agent Orange' is, `Persecution Mania' is a terrifying monster of an album when put alongside pallid, limp offerings of the time like Megadeth's `Peace Sells', Testament's `The Legacy' or Exodus' `Pleasures Of The Flesh'.

SODOM Sacred Warpath

EP · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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Time Signature
In anticipation of the thrash gods...

Genre: thrash metal

Essentially an appetizer for an upcoming full-length album from the German thrash gods in Sodom, "Sacred Warpath" features one original, previously unreleased track and three live recordings of older tracks.

The original track, which is - of course - also the the title track, was originally meant to be included on the upcoming album, but the band figured they'd treat their fans to a taste of what the album is going to sound like. 'Sacred Warpath' is a relatively complex composition, but it still captures the rawness and aggression that characterize Sodom's brand of thrash metal. There is a hint of melody and a modern vibe to it, and this blends in well the Sodom thrash sound. If this is representative of the upcoming album, then fans really have something to look forward to.

The live tracks are pretty well selected as they capture various aspects of Sodom's sound with 'The Saw Is The Law' capturing their heavier side (and also their humorous sound, as a cover version of 'Surfin' Bird' is incorporated into it), while 'Stigmatized' represents the primitive and brutal side of Sodom, and 'City of God' their more melodic side. The live tracks are okay, production-wise as well.

Tom Angelripper himself has stated that he expects this release to become a rarity and a collector's item, so fans of the band btter get their finger out and buy a copy before it's too late.

SODOM Epitome of Torture

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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J-Man
Judging only by its opening number, it would seem that the German thrash heavyweights in Sodom have made some serious changes to their sound with Epitome of Torture. A highly melodic and polished piece indeed, “My Final Bullet” may scare some longtime fans away with its catchy power-thrash chorus, but rest assured as the rest of the album showcases Sodom doing what they've become famous for - angry, old school Teutonic thrash metal! Although Epitome of Torture is certainly a more accessible and polished version of Sodom, it's still business as usual for Tom Angelripper and company.

I'd like to hear Sodom experiment with their sound a bit more on future releases, but with songs as killer as “Invokating the Demons”, “Epitome of Torture”, and “Into the Skies of War”, it's tough to complain. While I do get the feeling that Sodom are repeating themselves a bit too much with Epitome of Torture, this is one of 2013's stronger thrash metal releases for sure.

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