Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty (1986)

Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty (1986)

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U.S. version

Side Obsessed
1. "Intro"   1:53
2. "Deathlike Silence"   5:06
3. "Brandish the Sceptre"   2:56
4. "Proselytism Real"   3:31
5. "Equinox"   3:32

Side Cruelty
6. "Obsessed by Cruelty"   5:47
7. "Fall of Majesty Town"   4:01
8. "Nuctemeron"   3:00
9. "Pretenders to the Throne"   2:39
10. "Witchhammer"   2:02
11. "Volcanic Slut"   3:21

Total length:   37:48


German version
Side one
1. "Intro (The Rebirth...)"   0:56
2. "Deathlike Silence"   5:18
3. "Brandish the Sceptre"   2:56
4. "Proselytism Real"   3:25
5. "Equinox"   3:36
6. "After the Deluge"   4:54

Side two
7. "Obsessed by Cruelty"   5:05
8. "Fall of Majesty Town"   4:04
9. "Nuctemeron"   3:02
10. "Pretenders to the Throne"   2:37
11. "Witchhammer"   1:36
12. "Volcanic Slut"   2:58

Total length:   40:27


 
Sodom Band Members / Musicians
Tom Angelripper – vocals, bass
Destructor – guitar (except "After the Deluge")
Ahäthoor (Uwe Christophers) – guitar (on "After the Deluge")
Witchhunter – drums

Production
Bobby Bachinger – engineering



Obsessed by Cruelty is the debut full-length studio album and the second release by German thrash metal band Sodom, released in 1986. Two different versions of the album exist, the European and the American, which were released by Steamhammer and Metal Blade Records.

Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many lineup changes, leaving bassist/vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member. The band is currently composed of Angelripper, guitarists Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (who was a member of Sodom from 1987 to 1989 and rejoined in 2018) and Yorck Segatz, and drummer Toni Merkel. Along with Kreator, Destruction and Tankard, Sodom has been referred to as one of the "Big Four" of Teutonic thrash metal. While three of those bands (except Tankard) created a sound that would influence the death metal and black metal genres, Sodom's early music style would greatly influence many late 1980s and early 1990s black metal bands more than others.

Sodom has released seventeen studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums and seven EPs. They achieved their first commercial success with their fourth studio album Agent Orange (1989), which was one of the first thrash metal albums to enter the German album charts, where it reached number 36. Their most recent studio album, Genesis XIX, was released on 27 November 2020. Sodom is one of the best-selling thrash metal acts of all time, having sold over two million records.



Sodom Band Members / Musicians
Tom Angelripper – bass (1981–present), vocals (1984–present)
Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik – lead guitar (1987–1989, 2018–present), rhythm guitar (1987–1989)
Yorck Segatz – rhythm guitar (2018–present)
Toni Merkel – drums (2020–present)

Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek – drums (1981–1992) (died 2008)
Frank "Aggressor" Testegen – vocals, guitars (1981–1984)
Rainer "Bloody Monster" Focke – drums (1981)
Josef "Grave Violator" Dominic – guitars (1984–1985)
Michael "Destructor" Wulf – guitars (1985–1986) (died 1993)
Uwe Christophers – guitars (1986) (died 2022)
Uwe Baltrusch – guitars (1989–1990)
Michael Hoffmann – guitars (1990)
Andy Brings – guitars (1991–1995)
Guido "Atomic Steiff" Richter – drums (1993–1996)
Dirk "Strahli" Strahlmeier – guitars (1995–1996) (died 2011)
Bernd "Bernemann" Kost – guitars (1996–2018)
Bobby Schottkowski – drums (1997–2010)
Markus "Makka" Freiwald – drums (2010–2018)
Stefan "Husky" Hüskens – drums (2018–2020)


Sodom Discography Full
1986 Obsessed by Cruelty
1987 Persecution Mania
1989 Agent Orange
1990 Better Off Dead
1992 Tapping the Vein
1994 Get What You Deserve
1995 Masquerade in Blood
1997 'Til Death Do Us Unite
1999 Code Red
2001 M-16
2006 Sodom
2007 The Final Sign of Evil
2010 In War and Pieces
2013 Epitome of Torture
2016 Decision Day
2020 Genesis XIX


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