About the Artist
In 2001, Sodom still are one of the most important and most authentic European thrash metal bands. Their origins date back to the year 1980. Be it the early demo tapes, their In The Sign Of Evil-EP (Steamhammer), their 1996 debut album Obsessed By Cruelty: Sodom intimidated the world at large from the very beginning. Two years and one album later, the band toured Europe with the likes of Whiplash, recording the live cut Mortal Way Of Life a the legendary Tor 3 in Düsseldorf in the process. Thanks to Agent Orange and the cult single Ausgebombt, the group from Gelsenkirchen succeeded in being the first thrash metal act world-wide to enter the German album charts. Sodom toured all over the world, travelled Europe repeatedly and played a number of successful gigs in Japan and South America. Albums like Better Off Dead (1990) or Tapping The Vein (1992) manifested the success of the band, who despite a number of personnel changes managed to maintain their characteristic sound, mainly thanks to bassist and vocalist Tom Angelripper. Throughout the Nineties, Sodom lost none of their authenticity on albums like Masquerade In Blood or Til Death Do Us Unite, remaining firmly grounded and never losing touch with their roots. With their 1999 release Code Red, a title that refers to the US Marines infamous punishment code, the trio consisting of Angelripper/Bernemann/Schottkowski proved as politically committed as ever. This long tradition continues with Sodoms trip to the Far East, their gigs in Bangkok and Saigon, and of course with the controversial subject matter of their impending album M 16.