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"Unfortunately another concert fell victim to the unclear and confused situation with Covid-19. In the last few days in Bulgaria, very strict restrictions have been imposed, regarding the holding of open-air concerts, which prevent the SODOM show - "30 years later...The Metal Time Machine" to be held in the way you, fans, deserve.
The band along with the promoter Sofia Music Enterprises, decided to postpone this event with exactly 1 year and to be held on September 15th, 2022 at the same venue - Yunak Stadium in Sofia.
We promise you to return stronger than ever and to celebrate the anniversary of the first metal concert in Bulgaria behind the iron curtain."

New EP "Bombenhagel" out August 20th, 2021
Following yet more official appreciation, as acknowledged by the presentation of the German Record Critics' Award, for their current album Genesis XIX (having garnered the prize once before with its predecessor Decision Day in 2016) and prior to their upcoming 40th band anniversary next year, Sodom have rarely been as energetic as in spring 2021.
Despite cancelled shows, despite the Covid-19 lockdown, despite the many imponderabilities that these strange times bring about. In a phase when other bands appear to remain stuck in anguish, 20 August 2021 will see Tom Angelripper and band members Frank Blackfire (guitar), Yorck Segatz (guitar) and Toni Merkel (drums) release their brand-new EP Bombenhagel on Steamhammer/SPV, available on CD, 12" vinyl and for digital download.
"Originally we had planned to release the record in time for this year's summer festival season, including a sticker with all confirmed tour dates. Of course, due to the current situation, all festivals will be postponed until 2022. The EP will be released anyway, as a sign of life. As a signal to our fans: We're still around! The story continues," explains Tom Angelripper.
1. Bombenhagel 6:06
2. Coup De Grace 3:06
3. Pestiferous Posse 5:05
"Bombenhagel" will be released on August 20th, 2021 via SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:
=> CD DigiPak
=> 12" LP, 140 g, red vinyl, printed inner sleeve
=> Download / Streaming
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=> 12" LP exclusive coloured editions only at the Napalm shop
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=> Exclusive CD/LP Bundle with a T-shirt only at the Steamhammer shop
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SODOM live 2021:
30.10. MX-Monterrey - Mexico Metal Fest
26.11. GR-Athens - Gagarin
27.11. GR-Thessaloniki - Principal
03.12. RUS-St. Petersburg - Klub Aurora
04.12. RUS-Moscow - Klub 1930
26.12. DE-Andernach - JUZ
27.12. DE-Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
28.12. DE-Wolfsburg - Hallenbad
29.12. DE-Bochum - Zeche
SODOM live 2022:
22.01. DE-Berlin - Thrashfest Berlin (with Tankard, Legion Of The Damned etc...)
18.-20.08. AT-Spital am Semmering - Kaltenbach Open Air
08.-11.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
02.-06.08. NO-Bergen - Beyond The Gates
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We hit upon the idea to re-record this intro from our 1988 tour in the rehearsal room when we were in the process of planning the setlist for our upcoming gigs and going through our old stuff. And bingo, we came up with a name. It sees us embrace our band history without ever forgetting our roots.

The ideal opener, as far as I am concerned. This title has all the typical Sodom trademarks. In the 1980s, parts of the song were arranged in a totally different way. The structures were more complex and tailored to the vocalist. Countless masterpieces that we love dearly to this day (among them a lot of our own material) served as a blueprint. You sometimes hear that bands used to develop their songs together in the rehearsal room, which is something we still do today.
The lyrics describe a very delicate situation in the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. That didn't please the Lord at all and his anger rained down on them in the form of fire and brimstone ...

A typical thrash grenade that could only have been penned by Frank. To me the song sounds like a lost gem from our Persecution Mania days and takes me back to a glorious past.
In a very dark chapter of our history, this term (originally old Greek for "death", "dying") was abused to justify atrocities and murder as "mercy killings". From today's point of view, everybody should have the right to decide between life and their own death.

One of the first titles we wrote after the line-up change in 2017. To me it symbolises the departure to a new Sodom era. With its combination of melancholy riffs and super speedy trash attacks, this song was practically predestined to open our most recent live shows.
Again, the lyrics are about the destruction of S&G through the hand of God (in reality it was probably down to a meteorite impact ...) and the story of Lot and his daughters. The Bible provides plenty of historical background and you can learn a lot about people's lives at that time. Even non-believers, among which I count myself, should read it occasionally.

We haven't used this kind of mix of blast beats and midtempo riffing very often in the past. Now the time seems right again. Particularly since we've enlisted a drummer who can handle these sorts of intricacies. I still recall our sound engineer Siggi saying: "Merciless - one of the best Sodom songs of all time," and I couldn't agree more.
We'd originally planned an English lyric for this title, but why not do something in German again for a change? I grew up during the sixties and seventies, and the 1980s were my most formative years. Notwithstanding all gloomy predictions and starry-eyed idealists, I must admit: Things really were better back then. We currently live in a world full of fear and uncertainty. And I also think of future generations who will have to carry the can and pay for our mistakes. On top of everything else there's the Covid pandemic. It makes the ice of ignorance melt, revealing a big heap of shit, full of social injustice and grievances.

One of my faves on the album. Yorck's awesome main riff cuts right through you (or at least through me), the pre-chorus goes under your skin. The solo part is heavy metal in its purest form. This is another track where I was glad to have a drummer who can play tough and precise bars, like a doctored Glock 20 in fully automatic mode. Again, the lyric is about a serial killer. He doesn't kill out of greed, revenge or political frustration. He kills because he wants to watch a person die. The title is obviously a play on words and was inspired by a visit to the shooting range and a swig from the Jacky bottle.

This number is as deep as the Pacific Ocean and as powerful as a tsunami. And once again our guitarist Yorck has proved to be a first-rate composer. In retrospect, parts of the song remind me of Slayer's "Show No Mercy", but that was probably totally unintentional. Unlike the songs "Tribute to Moby Dick/Silence is Consent" from our GWYD album, which are about the unfortunately still topical and totally pointless mass killing of whales, this one is about the early days of whaling, which was necessary for survival at the time, and the story of Captain Ahab and his deadly revenge campaign against one of God's creatures. The same-named novel by Herman Melville is of course essential reading and the movie starring Gregory Peck a definite must-see.

"We don't play this music to make friends" ... that was one of our mottos in the early 1980s. Basically, not much has changed about that. And sometimes we just can't help being totally without taboos and inhibitions, unleashed and aggressive. In the end, all that's left are black ashes and the despair about the uncontrollable and inhuman world in which we live, in the form of this musical offering.
And that's precisely how this lyric was written, born from my ponderings about a future that we no longer have and that leaves me aghast....

Another masterpiece courtesy of Frank. Here you can hear his passion for acute and tough-as-nails thrash riffs, combined with his penchant for classic rock guitarists from the sixties and seventies. The middle part may sound a little unusual to the inclined listener, but the title has always been and continues to be awesome. We know full well that we don't have to follow every trend and that we basically don't fit into any pigeon hole. But personally, I've always loved accomplished and creative compositions such as this.
It's about the eternal battle of a few for a righteous world and the futile undertaking of fighting and conquering an enemy that is smaller than a grain of sand (a quote by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen ... hahaha ...). And only the privileged northern European countries will benefit from an effective vaccine. The virus will mutate globally and at some point, whether we like it or not, people from the southern hemisphere will migrate to the north and gain access to our domestic comfort zone, with or without violence.

A typical thrash thunderstorm, again written by Frank, in the style of the material that was so popular on our Agent Orange album.
W&P (those were their code names) are two helicopter pilots who came under heavy fire during their deployment on Vietnamese territory. Nothing unusual really, but the recordings of the radio traffic between the two were rediscovered in 2016. You only have to picture yourself in their almost hopeless situation to understand what mortal fear is. Pigpen (Mark Garrison) later wrote a book about his experiences in that futile war.

Fancy a little punk rock? Why not? If that's what you're into. Plus a little chorus chanting and gritty bass sound, and what you get is the ideal get-out number for upcoming Sodom shows (perhaps in 2026???). But not to worry, Bombenhagel will remain part of the set. I for one can't wait ... Cheers
Oh, and of course the lyric: We really have to watch out or we'll end up whiling away as spineless creatures, staggering across this planet as an insignificant species. Perhaps as individuals with implanted chips, with no opinions of our own? Remote-controlled through the data media implanted in our heads? Science fiction? Who knows ...

So, here it is ... my favourite on this album. I can hardly believe or indeed describe how much I love this song. I'm pretty sure it sets the direction for our next album. And in the meantime, I'm convinced that it's the clever sequence and combination of notes in our twelve equal system that makes music (... generally ...) so diverse. Lord, I wish we'd known that back then ...
Often in a war situation, soldiers find themselves having to direct their weapons against their own comrades who are holed up close to enemy positions. These victims were accepted as part and parcel of the overall victory. Large numbers of supposed enemy planes were also shot down ...


Altenessen, a social melting-pot deep in the heart of the Ruhr Area. From the mid-19th century, the region supplied Europe's industrialisation with the required raw materials, mined under back-breaking conditions below ground in coal pits named Carl, Anna, Fritz-Heinrich, Helene and the like. Altenessen is also the musical domicile of Tom Angelripper, vocalist/bassist of German metal act Sodom, who has met for some years with his band members in a ratty rehearsal room in that part of Essen to produce tough-as-nails thrash music. To other musicians, such information may be of marginal interest; to Tom it is an important component of his recipe for success. "I want guys from the Ruhr, who share my background, with whom I can work and rehearse consistently," explains Sodom's mastermind, who has implemented his band's philosophy together with guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz as well as new addition Toni Merkel (drums). A philosophy that yields more impressive results in 2020 than ever before. Following the first relaxation of the lockdown rules, Sodom immediately got back to working creatively. Which is one of the reasons why Genesis XIX has turned into precisely what the musicians had in mind: "This is definitely one of the toughest and most diverse studio recordings that Sodom have ever released," promises Tom, proudly presenting twelve new tracks which will be available from 27 November 2020 on Steamhammer/SPV on CD, double LP, in a boxed set and for digital download and stream.

There will be two digital single releases before the event: 25 September 2020 will see the arrival of 'Sodom & Gomorrah', followed by 'Indoctrination' five weeks later. Both, as indeed the whole album, will be marked by the diversity that Angelripper mentioned: "Our riff suppliers, Yorck and Frank, are totally different types of musicians. Yorck is a died-in-the-wool metalhead who grew up with thrash music. Frank, on the other hand, also integrates blues and rock elements into his style, including the occasional Frank Marino or Rory Gallagher quotation, and writes songs that could have featured in the same or a similar way on Agent Orange. These are the diverse influences that make Genesis XIX what it is."

In addition, there's a third level that nobody expected after the - as Tom expressly emphasises - amicable split with drummer Husky: "In Toni we've gained an awesome drummer. I'd even go so far as to say: He's the best drummer that nobody had on the radar before now." Especially since Merkel also has, along with his furioso style, a number of other important qualities: Since his stints with death metal act Sabiendas and a number of other black/death metal bands, where he played the drums and doubled as a producer, he's been a dab hand at studio technology and recording. Says Angelripper: "As a result, we were largely autonomous during the production of Genesis XIX and were free not only to concentrate on working on new songs but also to come up with the right sounds. That was important because we use neither digital amps nor plug-ins but played all the guitar parts using proper Marshall tube amps." Following the preproduction, Sodom completed the work at the renowned Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, where sound engineer Siggi Bemm recorded Tom's vocals and mixed the album on an analogue studio console.

The diversity of the result conveys a clear message: from unadulterated thrash metal tracks such 'Euthanasia', 'Dehumanized' and 'Friendly Fire' to off-the-grid numbers such as 'Occult Perpetrator', Sodom deliver a wide range of facets of their typical Sodom sound. This inventiveness also applies to the lyrics on Genesis XIX, Tom presenting, as usual, his very own range of subjects: 'The Harpooneer' is based on Melville's Moby Dick novel featuring the obsessive Captain Ahab, 'Glock´n`Roll' is the story of a serial killer, 'Waldo & Pigpen' is an homage to the same-named US fighter pilots, whose radio traffic during their mission in Vietnam has survived, and 'Nicht mehr mein Land' describes the condition of western society (Tom: "We're the very first to combine real thrash music with German lyrics"). "Naturally, thrash metal stories need to be martial, but we never intend them to be nasty or disrespectful," he stresses, explaining his lyrical approach: "I simply sing about things that weigh on my mind." A thrash metal recipe for success in true Sodom style!

Blind Superstition * Sodom & Gomorrah * Euthanasia * Genesis XIX * Nicht mehr mein Land * Glock´n`Roll * The Harpooneer * Dehumanized * Occult Perpetrator * Waldo & Pigpen * Indoctrination * Friendly Fire

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