From now on, Sodom will be a quartet.
Recently Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and Markus “Makka” Freiwald departed from Sodom. Tom Angelripper didn’t take much time to announce the band’s new lineup.
Angelripper recruited Asphyx and Desaster drummer Husky to sit behind the kit. Frank Blackfire will return to the band on guitars, playing alongside Yorck Segatz. Blackfire’s initial run with Sodom dates back to the ’80s, when he handled guitar for the band between 1986 and 1989. He’s also played with Kreator, Assassin and led his own project releasing one album “Back on Fire”. As for Segatz, the guitarist comes to the band after playing with Beyondition.
“Two guitarists allow us much more possibilities live, so we will be able to play tracks in future that we weren’t able to perform as a trio,” the Sodom vocalist/bassist explains. He adds that with Blackfire returning, the band is putting together a set list that includes a number of classics as well as rarely heard tracks. “I can promise that we will really let it rip in future.
It’s common knowledge that all three are exceptional instrumentalists and that heavy metal is their life. But Sodom is also about getting on on a personal level. The new band members are all dyed-in-the-wool Sodom fans and all live in Essen. Need I say more?”
According to Tom, the band has moved into another rehearsal room, the very same one where they practiced back in 1982! Angelripper adds:
“We’ll start writing new material as soon as possible and plan to release a single with at least two brand-new numbers and a bonus track to give our fans a taste of our upcoming album. The direction of the new material already stands: ready for action and full of adrenaline, Sodom are set to celebrate the glorious days of the 1980’s old school thrash that we all grew up with and that the band has always been celebrated for.”
A new Sodom single is expected to arrive this summer, with a full-length album to follow in the spring of 2019. Concerning live shows, the band announced a few scattered dates for 2018. They will stay in Europe and play shows starting this April in Austria and hitting spots in Finland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden through October. See all of their stops here.