NewsJanuary 5, 2018 9:18 AM ET3,155 views

Sodom parts ways with guitarist, drummer

German thrash metal band Sodom has announced the departure of both guitarist Bernd Kost and drummer Markus Freiwald. Founder and mastermind Tom Angelripper has issued the following statement:
"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 the band's future lineup, Tom Angelripper had this to say:
"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!"
Sodom intends to play all scheduled shows and will begin work on a new album later this year.

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