Sodom: 1982

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In the spring of 1982, in the outskirts of Essen, Germany, three long-haired musicians found themselves in a small rehearsal room, surrounded by industrial wasteland. They were Sodom, a thrash metal band, and they were about to record their first demo tape. The track they were working on was called ‘Witching Metal’, a blistering display of pure thrash metal. Back then, musical correctness was not their priority; it was all about attitude and rebellion against the establishment. Their unconventional style and love for heavy music even landed them in trouble with their teachers and supervisors. Tom Angelripper, the frontman of Sodom, fondly remembers those days when he was the only one in his vocational college who was into metal. While his peers were listening to New Wave or Neue Deutsche Welle, he was immersing himself in the raw energy of thrash metal. Now, 41 years later, the influence of that formative era still lingers, inspiring Sodom to bring back the memories through their music. They recently released a track called ‘1982’, a nostalgic tribute to their early musical and lyrical endeavors. Not only that, but Sodom has also re-recorded some of their early songs, including ‘Witching Metal’, ‘Victims Of The Death’, ‘Let’s Fight In The Darkness Of Hell’, and ‘Equinox’. These iconic tracks have been immortalized on vinyl for the first time, giving fans a chance to relive the early days of thrash metal. Sodom’s contribution to the metal scene goes beyond their early years. They have become an influential band in the genre, known for their aggressive sound and uncompromising attitude. Their music has left a lasting impact on the metal community, inspiring countless musicians and fans alike. With their latest release and re-recordings, Sodom continues to pay tribute to their roots while proving that their thrash metal legacy is as relevant today as it was in 1982.

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