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Music: Sodom
Sodom are a German Thrash Metal band that, along with Kreator, Destruction, and Tankard, are seen as the Trope Codifiers of the scene. Sodom's music style would greatly influence many late-1980s and early-1990s black 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 Motorhead, Venom, Tank, Accept, Rainbow and 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 - vocals, bass (1981–present)
  • Bernd "Bernemann" Kost - guitar (1996–present)
  • Markus "Makka" Freiwald - drums (2010–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)

Other notable releases:

  • In the Sign of Evil (EP) (1984): First studio release, considered part of the first wave of Black Metal. 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:

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SlayerSpeed MetalVenom
KreatorThrash MetalTankard
SlayerBlack MetalVenom
Slough FegMetalSonic Syndicate

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