Sodom Announces New Line-Up

  • Axl Rosenberg

In case you’ve forgotten: earlier this year, Sodom mastermind Tom Angelripper (né Spiritshank) announced that he’d sacked the other members of the band’s then-current line-up, Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. Although Angelripper made the split seem mostly amicable, he strongly implied that the pair had lost their “commitment and passion” for the band (Kost and Freiwald subsequently claimed that Angelripper fired them by text message).

Now Angelripper has now unveiled Sodom’s new line-up, which includes guitarist Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik — a former Sodomite returning to the fold — as well as Stefan “Husky” Hüskens, the current drummer for Asphyx. The latest iteration of the band will release a new single this summer, followed by a new album in the spring of 2019.

Here’s a statement from the band:

“While rumours are still flying thick and fast in the media, Tom Angelripper has already announced the new line-up of his band Sodom: Husky (Asphyx, Desaster) is set to man the drum kit, Frank Blackfire (ex-Sodom, ex-Kreator, Frank Blackfire, Assassin) and Yorck Segatz (Beyondition) have been enlisted on guitars. Sodom have already released seminal albums such as Persecution Mania, the live cut Mortal Way Of Live and the highly successful Agent Orange with Frank Blackfire. As he had hinted at the beginning of the year, Tom has opted for a line-up featuring two guitarists, an absolute novelty for Sodom. ‘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 his motives. In line with these new possibilities, the thrash act has already started to put together a setlist for the upcoming shows with all important classics as well as rare numbers that had never or only rarely been heard at their gigs. Says Tom: ‘I can promise that we will really let it rip in future.’

“In Frank Blackfire, Yorck Segatz and Husky, Tom has consciously gone for musicians from his own background. ‘It’s common knowledge that all three are exceptional instrumentalists and that heavy metal is their life. But Sodom is also about getting 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?’

“While the guys have just moved into their new rehearsal room (Tom: ‘As it happens exactly where it all started back in 1982!’), the Sodom mastermind is already looking to the future. ‘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,’ he promises. ‘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 1980s old school thrash that we all grew up with and that the band has always been celebrated for.’”

Will the new musicians be good, bad, or neutral with regards to the quality of the band’s music? I honestly don’t care. All I really want to know is, who the fuck let Yorck Segatz in the band without a nickname? Are they fucking nuts?!?!

[via Metal Insider]

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