Sodom Epitome Of Torture on Colored 2LP w/ Bonus Tracks
Sodom’s first tentative steps on the scene date back to the year 1982. Be it the early demo tapes, their In The Sign Of Evil EP, their 1996 debut album Obsessed By Cruelty: Sodom intimidated the world at large from the very beginning. Two years and one album later, the band toured Europe with the likes of Whiplash, recording the live album Mortal Way Of Life at the legendary Tor 3 in Düsseldorf in the process.
With Agent Orange, the band from Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr area unleashed a milestone of the genre. Sodom toured all over the world, traveled Europe repeatedly and played a number of successful gigs in Japan and South America. Albums like Better Off Dead (1990) or Tapping The Vein (1992) manifested the success of the band, who – despite a number of personnel changes – managed to maintain their characteristic sound, mainly thanks to bassist and vocalist Tom Angelripper.
Throughout the '90s, Sodom lost none of their authenticity on albums like Masquerade in Blood or ’Til Death Do Us Unite, remaining firmly grounded and never losing touch with their roots. With their 1999 release Code Red, a title that refers to the US Marines’ infamous punishment code, the trio consisting of Angelripper/Bernemann/Schottkowski proved as politically committed as ever. This tradition was continued in 2001 with an “educational journey” to the Far East, namely two shows in Bangkok and Saigon and the explosive subject matter of their album, M 16.
Subsequently, Sodom embarked on the preparations for their first DVDs, Lords Of Depravity Part I and II, went on to bring out another two studio albums in Sodom (2006) and in War And Pieces (2006) and are manifested on Epitome Of Torture as remorseless as ever. Epitome Of Torture was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, whose expertise as a sound engineer and audio magician thoroughly benefited Sodom’s 2010 release in War And Pieces.
Tom Angelripper: “Waldemar is an exceptional producer, who always succeeds in evening out an artist's weak spot and promoting his strengths. he doesn’t let you get away with anything, he knows all our weak spots. Which occasionally makes working at the studio a little demanding, but at the end of the day it’s all worthwhile, as the result shows.” The Sodom frontman describes the sound on Epitome Of Torture as “hard-as-nails and contemporary, without ignoring our tried-and-tested old-school attitude.”
Gatefold colored 2LP-set with bonus tracks and cover artwork featuring Sodom's popular “knarrenheinz” logo developed by graphic designer Meran karanitant, who has caused a stir with his work for Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Dimmu Borgir, among others.
Sodom Epitome Of Torture Track Listing:
1. My Final Bullet
3. Epitome Of Torture
6. Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow
1. Invocating The Demons
3. Into The Skies Of War
4. Tracing The Victim
5. Waterboarding (bonus track)
3. Splitting The Atom (bonus track)
4. Ace Of Spades (bonus track)