Form a line teutonic metal fiends, EMP’s wall of death is about to hit you with a body slam of Sodom merchandise. We’re not messing around here at EMP - we’ve trawled the death metal dark archives, plundered the teutonic metal silos and filled our shelves with Sodom albums. From the classics in the archive to the recent releases, we’ve got all the Sodom CDs and vinyl you need to worship these metal titans. Cover your gnarly, mosh-battered torso with our Sodom t-shirts and prepare to go to battle once again. Your shopping basket is waiting …

Sodom’s tunes hit you with the clout and force of a musical bomb. Their unique sound, and enduring tenacity, saw them secure a place among teutonic metal’s ‘big four’, sitting alongside Kreator, Destruction and Tankard. Sodom’s music has been hugely influential over the years, with their formative work playing a defining role in the evolution of death metal. Their ‘80s albums, such as Agent Orange and Persecution Mania are classics found on every metal fan’s playlist. Since their early days in 1981, Sodom have crafted a signature sound that they’ve rarely strayed from. But, when thrash metal lost its wide appeal in the ‘90s, the band were forced to experiment.

Ditching death metal, they added punk influences to Get What You Deserve. Disappointing sales, combined with the decline of the death metal industry and disenchanted fans, saw Sodom struggle through the decade. Line-up changes didn’t help and their international career was waning; singer and bassist Tom Angelripper spent some of the years in the metal wilderness working on a side solo project, Onkel Tom Angelripper - but performing metal versions of drinking songs, German pop, and Christmas carols was a world away from the band’s status as thrash metal gods.

The 1995 release of Masquerade in Blood released in ’95 saw a return to Sodom’s death metal roots but with groove metal elements thrown into the mix - so still a long road back to the skull crushing, frantic thrash heard in their earlier work. The turning point came with the ’97 album ’Til Death Do Us Unite, which saw Sodom were thrashing their way out of the difficult ‘90s in style. The album still bore the scars of the crossover genre, but Sodom were finally back. A frenetic flurry of albums followed, including Code Red (CD | vinyl), which fully stamped the band’s return to their teutonic metal sound. M-16, One Night in Bangkok and the self-titled Sodom secured the band’s place in every fan’s heart once again.

Sodom’s most recent album, Decision Day features all the hallmarks of the band’s signature sound. Tom Angelripper’s vocals bite through the searing riffs and frantic drums, delivering a heavy hitting album that shows off Sodom’s vibrant creativity.

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