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25th May 2012


German thrash Metal legends Sodom are set to commemorate their 30th anniversary with the release of a very special, limited (3,000 worldwide) edition deluxe box set, '30 Years Sodomized – 1982–2012', on Steamhammer/SPV on June 18th.

'30 Years Sodomized – 1982–2012' will contain two (coloured) vinyl 'Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade' albums, a CD 'Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade', a double CD 'Thirty Years War' best of compiled by Tom Angelripper, a 30th anniversary poster, postcard and sticker, plus a 32 page booklet in LP format, fully documenting the history of the band, and including various unseen photos.

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'Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade' will also be released as a limited edition (1,500 worldwide) double gatefold coloured vinyl LP, (with printed inner sleeves) to commemorate cult drummer Chris Witchunter, who died four years ago.

The current Sodom line-up of Tom Angelripper (bass, vocals), Bernemann (guitar) and Markus Freiwald (drums) are set to storm the stages of a host of prestigious European festivals over the summer, prior to a series of headline dates in the Autumn, culminating with two Irish and UK headline gigs in November. Dates are:

17th November – DUBLIN – Button Factory
18th November – LONDON – Underworld.

Sodom formed in 1982, drawing their inspiration from bands like Motorhead, Anvil and Venom and made huge underground waves with their agenda setting self-released 'In The Sign Of Evil' EP in 1984. The newly formed Steamhammer/SPV Records label snapped the band up, released their 'Obsessed By Cruelty' album in 1986, and 'Persecution Mania' album in 1987 before sending the band out on the road for 18 months to build a live following.

'Agent Orange', released in 1989, which grimly depicted the horrors of the brutal Vietnam War, then catapulted Sodom into Thrash Metal's premier league and they set off on tour round Europe with Sepultura, going on to build up a huge following in Japan and South America.

A series of vital studio albums – 'Better Off Dead', (1990), 'Tapping The Vein', (1992), 'Get What You Deserve', (1994), 'Masquerade In Blood', (1995), ''Til Death Do Us Unite', (1997) 'Code Red' (1999), 'Marooned' (2000), and 'M-16' (2001) – ensued, before Sodom recorded a double live album, 'One Night In Bangkok', in Thailand in 2003.

The 'Lords Of Depravity Part 1' DVD, released in 2005, documented the story of Sodom from 1982–1995. The sequel DVD, 'Lords Of Depravity Part', documenting the period from 1995–2009, was released in August 2010. The band's subsequent studio album, 'Sodom', was released in 2006, followed by 'The Final Sign Of Evil', featuring re-recorded versions of the tracks from the band's debut EP, as well as seven songs that were originally written for 'In The Sign Of Evil' but never recorded, in 2007.

'In War And Pieces', Sodom's last studio album, won rave reviews worldwide on release in November 2010 and Sodom sold out their last London Underworld show in February 2011.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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