Genesis XIX is the impending new studio offering from German thrash metal veterans SODOM, set for release on November 27th via Entertainment One ("eOne") in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe. In advance of its official unveiling, the band today releases their lyric video for second single, "Indoctrination."
View the band's previously released video for "Sodom & Gomorrah" HERE
From unadulterated thrash metal tracks "Euthanasia," "Dehumanized," and "Friendly Fire" to off-the-grid numbers such as "Occult Perpetrator," SODOM delivers a wide range of facets of their signature sound. This inventiveness also applies to the lyrics on Genesis XIX, with vocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper presenting, as usual, his very own range of subjects: "The Harpooneer" is based on Melville's Moby Dick novel featuring the obsessive Captain Ahab, "Glock N' Roll" is the story of a serial killer, "Waldo & Pigpen" is an homage to the same-named US fighter pilots, whose radio traffic during their mission in Vietnam has survived, and "Nicht mehr mein Land" describes the condition of western society. Genesis XIX - recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel - comes shrouded in the cover art of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame.
Genesis XIX will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange with opaque silver swirls - an eOne store exclusive), and digitally. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION
Altenessen, Germany, a northern borough of the city of Essen and a social melting-pot deep in the heart of the Ruhr Area. From the mid-nineteenth century, the region supplied Europe's industrialization with the required raw materials, mined under back-breaking conditions below ground in coal pits named Carl, Anna, Fritz-Heinrich, Helene and the like. Altenessen is also the musical domicile of Tom Angelripper, who has met for some years with his band members in a ratty rehearsal room in that part of Essen to produce tough-as-nails thrash music. To other musicians, such information may be of marginal interest; to Tom it is an important component of his recipe for success. "I want guys from the Ruhr, who share my background, with whom I can work and rehearse consistently," explains SODOM's mastermind, who has implemented his band's philosophy together with guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz as well as new addition, drummer Toni Merkel. It's a philosophy that yields more impressive results in 2020 than ever before.
Following the first relaxation of the lockdown rules stemming from the 2020 pandemic, SODOM immediately returned to working creatively, which is one of the reasons why Genesis XIX has turned into precisely what the musicians had in mind. "This is definitely one of the toughest and most diverse studio recordings that SODOM have ever released," notes Angelripper. "Our riff suppliers, Yorck and Frank, are totally different types of musicians. Yorck is a died-in-the-wool metalhead who grew up with thrash music. Frank, on the other hand, also integrates blues and rock elements into his style, including the occasional Frank Marino or Rory Gallagher quotation, and writes songs that could have featured in the same or a similar way on Agent Orange. These are the diverse influences that make Genesis XIX what it is."
In addition, there's a third level that nobody expected after the - as Angelripper expressly emphasises - amicable split with drummer Husky. "In Toni we've gained an awesome drummer. I'd even go so far as to say he's the best drummer that nobody had on the radar before now." Especially since Merkel also has, along with his furioso style, a number of other important qualities, namely his stints with death metal act Sabiendas and a number of other black/death metal bands, where he played drums and doubled as a producer. Thus he's been a dab hand at studio technology and recording. "We were largely autonomous during the production of Genesis XIX and were free not only to concentrate on working on new songs but also to come up with the right sounds. That was important because we use neither digital amps nor plug-ins but played all the guitar parts using proper Marshall tube amps." Following the preproduction, SODOM completed the work at the renowned Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, where sound engineer Siggi Bemm recorded Angelripper's vocals and mixed the album on an analog studio console.
"...fast, angry, a soundtrack for the Wall of Death fans who can't wait to see SODOM again live." - The Rock Pit
"...another killer record in SODOM's impressive catalog. The reunion of Tom Angelripper and Frank Blackfire as well as the injection of fresh blood in Yorck Segatz and newcomer Toni Merkel in recent years has made for some awesome riffing that plunders different elements of SODOM classics and incorporates them well into their new sound." - Moshville Times
"This record could have fit right into the band's Agent Orange era, yet balances that vintage feel with modern elements. Angelripper sounds reenergized and recommitted to taking SODOM into its fifth decade without regret or apology, and the band as a whole seems reinvigorated on Genesis XIX. This is a crushing slab of sonic brutality to close out a somewhat dystopian year where fans need such distraction the most." - Metal Nation
Tom Angelripper - bass, vocals
Frank Blackfire - guitars
Yorck Segatz - guitars
Toni Merkel - drums