In a statement issued on the band’s facebook earlier today, it was revealed that Tom Angelripper is now looking for “new blood” after parting ways with long-standing bandmates Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. The full post from Tom reads:
After much thought and reflection I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges. Sodom have always lived off the commitment and passion of everybody involved. Makka was part of the band for almost eight years, Bernemann even for more than twenty. To obviate a possible routine setting in which would make it impossible to continue our creative work optimally, I would like to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians. At the same time I would like to say thank you to Bernemann and Makka for many successful years in which we performed fantastic shows and released a number of real metal manifestos.
Regarding who the new members will be, or if Sodom will become a 4-piece:
I haven’t really made up my mind in this respect, I’m open to all options. I will now install the band’s new foundation pillars and look around for new musicians. One thing is already clear: Sodom will become even stronger!
The new members will be unveiled on April 7 at the 2018 edition of the Full Metal Mountain festival. The band confirm that all upcoming scheduled performances from April 2018 onwards will be honoured and that a new album is in the works, due to be released as soon as possible through SPV/Steamhammer.