Former SODOM guitarist Dirk Strahlmeier, who played with the band from 1995 through 1996, has passed away.Commented SODOM bassist/vocalist Thomas "Angelripper" Such: "As I learned from a reliable source, our ex-guitarist Dirk 'Strahli' Strahlmeier died this month in a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany. Currently we don't know the exact circumstances of his death. Strahli played on the album 'Masquerade In Blood' which was released in 1995 on SPV. After that we had lost contact with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends." Former SODOM drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek died on September 8, 2008 due to vital organ failure. SODOM's new album, "In War And Pieces", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64. The CD was released in North America on January 11 via SPV/Steamhammer.