German thrash metal legends Sodom are set to commemorate their 30th anniversary with the release of a very special, limited (3,000 worldwide) edition deluxe box set, ‘30 Years Sodomized – 1982 – 2012’, on Steamhammer / SPV on June 18th. ‘30 Years Sodomized – 1982 – 2012’ will contain 2 (coloured) vinyl ‘Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade’ albums, 1CD ‘Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade’, a double CD ‘Thirty Years War’ best of compiled by Tom Angelripper, a 30th anniversary poster, postcard and sticker, plus a 32 page booklet in LP format, fully documenting the history of the band, and including various unseen photos.
‘Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade’ will also be released as a limited edition (1,500 worldwide) double gatefold coloured vinyl LP, (with printed inner sleeves) to commemorate cult drummer Chris Witchunter, who died 4 years ago.
The current Sodom line-up of Tom Angelripper (bass, vocals), Bernemann (guitar) and Markus Freiwald (drums) are set to storm the stages of a host of prestigious European festivals over the summer, prior to a series of headline dates in the Autumn, culminating with 2 Irish and UK headline gigs in November. Dates are:-
17th November – DUBLIN – Button Factory
18th November – LONDON – Underworld.
Sodom formed in 1982, drawing their inspiration from bands like Motorhead, Anvil and Venom and made huge underground waves with their agenda setting self-released "In The Sign Of Evil" EP in 1984. The newly formed Steamhammer / SPV Records label snapped the band up, released their "Obsessed By Cruelty" album in 1986, and “Persecution Mania” album in 1987 before sending the band out on the road for 18 months to build a live following. “Agent Orange”, released in 1989, which grimly depicted the horrors of the brutal Vietnam War, then catapulted Sodom into Thrash Metal’s premier league and they set off on tour round Europe with Sepultura, going on to build up a huge following in Japan and South America. A series of vital studio albums – “Better Off Dead”, (1990), “Tapping The Vein”, (1992), “Get What You Deserve”, (1994), “Masquerade In Blood”, (1995), “’Til Death Do Us Unite”, (1997) “Code Red” (1999), “Marooned” (2000), and “M-16” (2001) – ensued, before Sodom recorded a double live album, ‘One Night In Bangkok’, in Thailand in 2003. The “Lords Of Depravity Part 1” DVD, released in 2005, documented the story of Sodom from 1982 – 1995. The sequel DVD, “Lords Of Depravity Part 2”, documenting the period from 1995 – 2009, was released in August 2010. The band’s subsequent studio album, ‘Sodom’, was released in 2006, followed by ‘The Final Sign Of Evil’, featuring re-recorded versions of the tracks from the band’s debut EP, as well as seven songs that were originally written for ‘In the Sign of Evil’ but never recorded, in 2007.
‘In War And Pieces’, Sodom’s last studio album, won rave reviews worldwide on release in November 2010:- “A precise bombardment of dirty, war-like riffing and percussive thud, they prove their finger on the modern metal pulse. Peaking with the heads-down hostility of ‘Knarrenheinz’, these veterans are living proof that thrash is as relevant and exhilarating as it ever was. 8/10” (Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer, January 2011 issue.)
Sodom sold out their last London Underworld show in February 2011. Big Cheese reviewed the gig in their March 2011 issue:- “This is Sodom’s first club show in the UK in twenty years and the heaving, sold out expectancy runs high as the trio kick into opener ‘In War And Pieces’, the title track from their new album. Tom Angelripper and his men then tear through ninety minutes of some of the finest Teutonic thrash metal known to man. All the classics are here and boy they’ve been worth the wait. ‘Agent Orange’, ‘Sodomy And Lust’, particular crowd pleaser ‘Ausgebombt’, and, of course, the rousing, singalong closer of ‘Bombenhagel’ is the final thrashing the audience is baying for. It’s good to have you back Sodom, now don’t let the return visit be as long as last time!’ (Miles Hackett, 4/5).