The cover artwork for SODOM's upcoming self-titled album has been posted online at this location.
"Sodom" is scheduled for release in Germany on April 21, in Europe April 24 and in the USA May 9. "Every band needs a self-titled album at least once in their career," band mastermind Tom Angelripper points out, adding that the twelve new tracks will contain pure thrash metal in its most dynamic incarnation. "We have to apologize to our fans that the album didn't come out sooner, but the work on our DVD, 'Lords of Depravity Part I', was so time-consuming that things took a little longer than expected." However, the band featuring singer/bass player Tom Angelripper, guitarist Bernemann and drummer Bobby Schottkowski will make the long wait worthwhile for their fan community with an offering that could hardly be more straightforward or determined. "We wanted to prove to the world what we can do, that's why we decided to roll up our sleeves and pool our strengths."
The current SODOM lineup has proved to be the most consistent in the band's history. "The team Angelripper/Bernemann/Schottkowski will celebrate its anniversary this year: We've been together for ten years," explains Tom, who is determined to continue to sail into the wind with his band in an increasingly short-lived world, not deviating from his present course when it comes to SODOM's lyrics. "I've always written about things that go on in the world, the injustice and mistakes that happen everywhere. I know that you can't change anything politically, but I would at least like to make clear where I stand and raise people's awareness of those deplorable states of affair."
"Sodom" was recorded and mixed at the premises of an old friend: Andy Brings. The former SODOM guitarist produced the new album at his Midas Twins studios in Hagen, Germany, together with sound engineer Haan Hartmann, bringing out the best in the musicians. "Andy did a great job and really lured the optimum performance out of me," states Tom. "Our new album proves that you don't necessarily have to go to an American studio to get a good sound."
"Sodom" was mastered by Eroc, drummer with German rock cult band GROBSCHNITT.
"Sodom" track listing:
01. Blood On Your Lips
02. Wanted Dead
03. Buried In The Justice Ground
04. City Of God
05. Bibles And Guns
06. Axis Of Evil
07. Lords Of Depravity
08. No Captures
09. Lay Down The Law
11. Nothing To Regret
12. The Enemy Inside
Bonus track for Japan:
13. Kamikaze Terrorizer
SODOM are scheduled to tour Eastern Europe as early as April 2006, and Angelripper promises an extensive tour of Germany and Europe this coming autumn: "It's high time we celebrated a real thrash metal party again with our fans."
Upcoming SODOM shows:
Apr. 15 - Vilnius, LT - Club Mulen Ruzhas
Apr. 16 - Riga, LV - Factory
Apr. 17 - Tallinn, EST - Hard Rock Klubi MTÜ
Apr. 19 - Lodz, PL - Dekompresja Music Club
Apr. 20 - Wroclaw, PL - Hala Ludowa
Apr. 21 - Dresden, GER - Pferdestall
Apr. 22 - Brno, CZ - TBA
(Thanks: Hans en Ingeborg)