[[caption-width-right:281: Brandishing the Sceptre since 1981.]]

Sodom are a German ThrashMetal band that, along with Music/{{Kreator}}, Destruction, and Music/{{Tankard}}, are seen as the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] of the scene. Sodom's music style would greatly influence many late-1980s and early-1990s black and death metal bands, among others.

Tom originally formed the band along with Bloody Monster, Arius "Blasphemer", and Aggressor as a way to get out of working in the coal mines. Their music was influenced by Music/{{Motorhead}}, Music/{{Venom}}, Tank, Music/{{Accept}}, Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/{{ACDC}}.

Though they were originally panned for being "a second-rate Venom clone with semi-inventive lyrics", Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik came to the rescue, convincing Tom that thrash metal was moving beyond horror/occult/satanic themes to embrace political, societal, and war themes. Tom was already interested in various wars yet remained a peacenik. New inspiration culminated into Frank's full-length debut with the band, Persecution Mania.

* Tom Angelripper - bass (1981–present), vocals (1984–present)
* Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik - guitars (1986–1989, 2018–present)
* Yorck Segatz - guitars (2018–present)
* Stefan "Husky" Hüskens - drums (2018–present)

!!!'''Studio albums:'''
* ''Obsessed by Cruelty'' (1986)
* ''Persecution Mania'' (1987)
* ''Agent Orange'' (1989)
* ''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)
* ''M-16'' (2001)
* ''Sodom'' (2006)
* ''The Final Sign of Evil'' (2007)
* ''In War and Pieces'' (2010)
* ''Epitome of Torture'' (2013)
* ''Decision Day'' (2016)

!!!'''Other notable releases:'''
* ''In the Sign of Evil'' (EP) (1984): First studio release, considered part of the first wave of BlackMetal. The entire EP is now included as bonus tracks on CD issues of ''Obsessed by Cruelty''.
* ''Expurse of Sodomy'' (EP) (1987): Debut of Frank Blackfire on guitar, marked Sodom's transition to Teutonic thrash. The three songs from this (as well as a re-recorded "Outbreak of Evil") can now be found as bonus tracks on CD issues of ''Persecution Mania''.
* ''The Saw is the Law'' (EP) (1991)
* ''30 Years Sodomized: 1982-2012'' (compilation) (2012): Compilation of previously-unreleased tracks and live recordings, as well as songs hand-picked by Tom Angelripper from throughout their discography.

!Sodom displays these tropes:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Tom Angelripper''
* BlackMetal: Their older material is pretty much First Wave mixed with Speed Metal.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Agent Orange'' and ''M-16'' are both concept albums about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar
* CoolGuns: Knarrenheinz brandishes an M16 assault rifle on the album cover of ''Persecution Mania''
** He carries a Dissipator variant of an M16 with an underslung grenade launcher on the cover of ''Agent Orange''
* CoverVersion: "Iron Fist" and "Music/AceOfSpades" by Music/{{Motorhead}}, "Don't Walk Away" and "Turn Your Head Around" by Tank, "Cold Sweat" by Music/ThinLizzy, "Angel Dust" by Music/{{Venom}}, "20000 Feet" by Saxon, "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen and the ''Live in der Zeche Carl'' VHS features a live cover of Music/TheRamones' "Blitzkrieg Bop".
* ChainsawGood: What Knarrenheinz has on his left arm on the artwork for ''Code Red''.
* DeathMetal: Not themselves: but their older music would be a huge influence to such. They did, however, give the genre a shot for one album, ''Tapping The Vein'', which displays prominent deathrash elements.
* EpicRocking:
** "My Atonement", "Christ Passion" , "Agent Orange", "Magic Dragon" and "Capture the Flag" clock at around 6 minutes.
** "Reincarnation" almost hits the eight-minute mark.
* HorribleHistoryMetal: Somewhat of a given considering their lyrics.
* IAmTheBand: Tom Angelripper basically defines the band.
* ILoveTheSmellOfXInTheMorning: The song ''Napalm in the Morning'' begins with Colonel Kilgore of Film/ApocalypseNow fame saying that famous quote.
* LeadBassist: Tom is a type A, B, and a C, being a highly skilled bassist as well as the vocalist and songwriter.
* {{Mascot}}: [[http://tavernadorock.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/download.jpg?w=600 Knarrenheinz]], a soldier wearing [[GasMaskMooks a gas mask]].
* MinisculeRocking: Sometimes, mostly on ''Get What You Deserve'' - only four songs are longer than three minutes on that one.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally around 9. Sometimes goes down to 8 (even bordering on 7 for their absolute lightest, most Music/{{Motorhead}} and PunkRock-influenced songs), and their absolute heaviest songs are a soft 10.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ThrashMetal, BlackMetal, and SpeedMetal all into one.
* NewSoundAlbum: Although Sodom is always rooted in SpeedMetal and ThrashMetal, some of their albums (especially during TheNineties) have toyed around with their overall sound.
** ''Expurse of Sodomy'' was their first ThrashMetal release (as opposed to Venom-like BlackMetal).
** ''Better Off Dead'' got rid of the little black metal that their sound still contained by this point and leaned towards traditional metal and hard rock alongside thrash.
** ''Tapping the Vein'' was more aggressive and DeathMetal-influenced, Sodom probably being the only massive influence to death metal that later actually tried out the genre they helped create.
** ''Get What You Deserve'' had much shorter song lengths and frequently bordered on crossover thrash.
** ''Masquerade in Blood'' sounds more like Music/{{Motorhead}} than anything else they had done before.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Angelripper is the only constant member.
* {{Satan}}: A common lyrical theme in their early days.
** WarIsHell: Though this became their main lyrical subject later.
* ThrashMetal: One of the "Three Teutonic Kings" of the genre along with Music/{{Kreator}} and Destruction, though Sodom is arguably the heaviest of the three.