Sodom Announce New Lineup, Expand To A Four-Piece

Thomas “Angelripper” Such has officially announced the new Sodom lineup. The band now features him along with guitarist Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik (ex-Kreator, etc.), who previously performed with the group, drummer Stefan “Husky” Hüskens (Asphyx, Desaster), and second guitarist Yorck Segatz (Beyondition).

The following press release was shared:


German cult thrash act now a quartet, Frank Blackfire returns
New single out in summer 2018, album to follow in spring 2019

While rumours are still flying thick and fast in the media, Tom Angelripper has already announced the new line-up of his band Sodom: Husky (Asphyx, Desaster) is set to man the drum kit, Frank Blackfire (ex-Sodom, ex-Kreator, Frank Blackfire, Assassin) and Yorck Segatz (Beyondition) have been enlisted on guitars. Sodom have already released seminal albums such as Persecution Mania, the live cut Mortal Way Of Live and the highly successful Agent Orange with Frank Blackfire. As he had hinted at the beginning of the year, Tom has opted for a line-up featuring two guitarists, an absolute novelty for Sodom. “Two guitarists allow us much more possibilities live, so we will be able to play tracks in future that we weren’t able to perform as a trio,” the Sodom vocalist/bassist explains his motives. In line with these new possibilities, the thrash act has already started to put together a setlist for the upcoming shows with all important classics as well as rare numbers that had never or only rarely been heard at their gigs. Says Tom: “I can promise that we will really let it rip in future.”

In Frank Blackfire, Yorck Segatz and Husky, Tom has consciously gone for musicians from his own background. “It’s common knowledge that all three are exceptional instrumentalists and that heavy metal is their life. But Sodom is also about getting on a personal level. The new band members are all dyed-in-the-wool Sodom fans and all live in Essen. Need I say more?”

While the guys have just moved into their new rehearsal room (Tom: “As it happens exactly where it all started back in 1982!”), the Sodom mastermind is already looking to the future. “We’ll start writing new material as soon as possible and plan to release a single with at least two brand-new numbers and a bonus track to give our fans a taste of our upcoming album,” he promises. “The direction of the new material already stands: ready for action and full of adrenaline, Sodom are set to celebrate the glorious days of the 1980s old school thrash that we all grew up with and that the band has always been celebrated for.”


Former Sodom Guitarist & Drummer Say They Were Fired Via WhatsApp

It was previously revealed that sole remaining original Sodom member, Thomas “Angelripper” Such had parted ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. Now, Bernemann and Makka have issued their own statement regarding the split, in which they say they were fired via WhatsApp.

Bernemann and Makka said the following:

Sodom break up!

Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

After its overwhelming reactions we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to “Decision Day” and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately Tom did not share our enthusiasm, he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

Of course it is not easy for us to leave Sodom – the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love – together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

Within our hearts we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.

…And now a few words to you. Words from musicians to their friends and families. Since we have already received tons of nice and encouraging words from all of you we want to take the opportunity to say thank you to each one of you.

Everybody who saw us during the past couple of years also saw that we were 100% into what we were doing and that our behaviour had always been as authentic as your reactions had been genuine and filled with affection. Your feedback throughout all those years and your uplifting words now make us feel proud.

This is all we can ask for – thank you so much!

Bernemann & Makka”

Sodom Parts Ways With Guitarist & Drummer

Sole remaining original Sodom member, Thomas “Angelripper” Such has announced that he has parted ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. A new lineup is expected to be revealed soon, and all shows will go on as planned.

Angelripper said the following:

“After much thought and reflection I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges. Sodom have always lived off the commitment and passion of everybody involved. Makka was part of the band for almost eight years, Bernemann even for more than twenty. To obviate a possible routine setting in which would make it impossible to continue our creative work optimally, I would like to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians. At the same time I would like to say thank you to Bernemann and Makka for many successful years in which we performed fantastic shows and released a number of real metal manifestos.”

He also added the following about whether he wants to continue as a trio or a quartet:

“I haven’t really made up my mind in this respect, I’m open to all options. I will now install the band’s new foundation pillars and look around for new musicians. One thing is already clear: Sodom will become even stronger!”

Angelripper plans to work on a new album, which will be released through Steamhammer/SPV:

“SPV also look forward to our future collaboration and expect a totally motivated band.”

Tour Dates:

04/07 Karnten, AUT – Full Metal Mountain
06/21-23 Kauhajoki, FIN – Nummirock Festival
06/23 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
07/04-07 Ballenstedt, GER – Rock Harz Open Air
07/14 Gaevle, SWE – Gefle Metal Festival
08/18 Graz, AUT – Metal On The Hill
08/25 Cham, GER – Mosh Club Open Air
08/31 Hamburg, GER – Weltturbojugendtage 2018
10/06 Lichtenfels, GER – Way Of Darkness Festival

Watch Footage Of Sodom Performing With Former Guitarists At 35th Anniversary Show In Germany

Sodom were rejoined by former guitarists Josef “Grave Violator” Dominik, Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik, and Andy Brings during a special 35th anniversary show on December 26 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany. You can see footage from that concert below:


01. In Retribution
02. In War And Pieces
03. An Eye For An Eye
04. Surfin’ Bird / The Saw Is The Law
05. Belligerence
06. Among The Weirdcong
07. The Vice Of Killing
08. Sodomy And Lust
09. Masquerade In Blood
10. Proselytism Real
11. Witching Metal
12. Rolling Thunder
13. Napalm In The Morning
14. City Of God
15. Tired And Red
16. Caligula
17. Blasphemer (with Grave Violator)
18. Burst Command ‘Til War (with Grave Violator)
19. Outbreak Of Evil (with Grave Violator)
20. Christ Passion (with Frank Blackfire)
21. Nuclear Winter (with Frank Blackfire)
22. Agent Orange (with Frank Blackfire)
23. Wachturm (with Andy Brings)
24. Sodomized (with Andy Brings)
25. Die Stumme Ursel (with Andy Brings)
26. Ausgebombt
27. Bombenhagel

[via Blabbermouth]

Sodom To Be Rejoined By Former Guitarists At Upcoming 35th Anniversary Show In Germany

Sodom have announced that they will be rejoined by former guitarists Josef “Grave Violator” Dominik, Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik, and Andy Brings during their upcoming 35th anniversary show. That set will take place on December 26 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany.

Sodom To Release New Album “Decision Day” In August

Sodom have revealed that their new album, “Decision Day,” will be released on August 26. Check out the cover art and track listing below:


“Decision Day” Track Listing:

01. “In Retribution”
02. “Rolling Thunder”
03. “Decision Day”
04. “Caligula”
05. “Who Is God?”
06. “Strange Lost World”
07. “Vaginal Born Evil”
08. “Belligerence”
09. “Blood Lions”
10. “Sacred Warpath”
11. “Refused To Die”
12. “Predatory Instinct” (Vinyl and iTunes bonus track)