Crucial German Thrash Metal Legends Sodom have lined up the release of a very special five track ‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’ mini-album, on Steamhammer / SPV on November 22nd as a Digipak CD, 12” (transparent green) vinyl EP (with printed inner sleeves), download and stream.
‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’, which contains three brand new songs, plus two classics (one re-recorded, the other captured live), “is a sign of life for our fans” states main man Tom Angelripper (vocals, bass).
The lyrics of fast-paced, hard-as-nails EP opener ‘Genesis 19’, (which is, according to Tom, the first official harbinger of the band’s next full length album), are about the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, (as referred to in the Bible). “I’ve always been fascinated by the subject,” explains Tom, “but irrespective of religious aspects I’ve approached the story from the historic side, raising the question of whether it could perhaps have been a natural phenomenon, such as a meteorite impact, that devastated those cities. The lyric also includes a new interpretation of the story of Lot, a resident of Sodom, to do justice to the original Bible version.”
Both the other new songs on ‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’ – the title track itself and ‘Down On Your Knees’ – focus on the horrors of World War 1. Tom explicates that “postcards and letters from my granddad, which I discovered among the things he left behind when he died, and some TV documentaries have given me a vague idea of what it must have been like for soldiers back in those days to leave their trenches and face those life-threatening battles.”
‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’ is rounded off by a re-recorded version of the Sodom classic ‘Agent Orange’ (the seminal album celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) and a live version of ‘Bombenhagel’, recorded at Schalke’s Veltins Arena in June 2018, with Angelripper & Co. including a traditional miners’ song as a little gimmick at the end.
‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’, which was cut by the all-fired-up Sodom line-up of guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz plus drummer Husky, was recorded and co-produced by Klaus Spangenberg. Tom: “Klaus also takes care of our live mix and has made sure that the new songs sound particularly alive and authentic. In addition, there are no trigger signals, no digital profiling amplifiers, just as many analogue machines as possible to capture that inexplicable magic that is created between guitar amps/drums and microphones. Others talk about going back to their roots, we just do it!”