||German thrash metal veterans Sodom will release their new studio album Epitome Of Torture on April 29th in Europe and May 7th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Vocalist/bassist Thomas "Angelripper" Such, guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and new drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald recorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a Motörhead cover) which "present Sodom as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever."
Angelripper says about the new album: "Epitome Of Torture features not only your typical Sodom fare, but also two or three numbers which are slightly more moderate and melodic than what people have come to expect from us, so wait and see!"
The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, who also worked on Sodom's 2010 release In War And Pieces. Tom Angelripper: "Waldemar is a true authority. 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."
The new album will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks and a poster, in a regular jewel case, as a double gatefold vinyl including three bonus tracks and for download. The cover artwork featuring Sodom's popular "Knarrenheinz" logo was 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 are about to start shooting a video for their new album song "Stigmatized" in Berlin. "Sodom haven't had an official video clip for some time, so it's about time we did one," Tom Angelripper confesses. "That's why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!"
Sodom live 2013:
01.03. SWE - Umeå - House Of Metal Festival
15.03. GBR - Gwynedd - Hammerfest V
30.03. FRA - Chaulnes - Chaulnes Metal Fest
13.04. CHI- Santiago - Metal Fest Santiago
24.05. FIN - Hyvinkää - Steelfest Open Air
30.05. GER - Geiselwind - Beastival Festival
22.06. POL- Jaworzno - Metalfest
27.07. GER - Chemnitz/Mittelbach - Rock im Betonwerk