This German black metal/thrash trio was formed in 1983 by Tom Angelripper (bass, vocals), Aggressor (vocals, guitar) and Chris Witchhunter (drums), drawing inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Anvil and Venom. Aggressor was replaced by the similarly pseudonymous Grave Violator on the agenda-setting debut EP, In The Sign Of Evil. By the time Obsessed By Cruelty emerged in 1986, Grave Violator had been replaced by Destructor. The latter was in turn replaced by Frank Blackfire Gosdzik on 1987s Expurse Of Sodomy EP. Persecution Mania followed in the same year and marked a vast improvement over their debut, though lyrics had not moved on from obsessions with war, bloodlust and the black arts. Produced by Harris Johns, it had a crisp and powerful sound and was to become the bands bestselling release.
Sodom toured Europe in 1988 with Whiplash and recorded Mortal Way Of Live, the first ever double live thrash album. Agent Orange followed in 1989 and they were supported by Sepultura on a European tour to help promote it. Michael Hoffman was recruited as the new guitarist when Blackfire left for Kreator in 1990, but was in turn replaced by Andy Brings on 1992s Tapping The Vein. Following the release of this album long-time drummer Witchhunter was replaced by Atomic Steif. Further personnel changes included yet another guitar players, Strahli, on 1995s Masquerade In Blood. The bands first album for the Gun label, 1997s Til Death Do Us Unite, saw Angelripper joined by Bernemann (guitar) and Bobby Schottkowski (drums). The band continued to release a steady flow of albums during the late 90s and into the new millennium.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.