Sodom is a German heavy metal trio from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981.
Along with the bands Kreator and Destruction, Sodom is considered one of the "big three" of Teutonic thrash metal. While the other two bands created a sound that would influence death metal, Sodom's music style would greatly influence many late-1980s and early-1990s black metal bands, among others.
Sodom's original line-up consisted of Tom Angelripper, Bloody Monster, and Aggressor. The band was initiated by Tom as a desperate attempt to get out of having to work in coal mines in his home town of Gelsenkirchen. Taking inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Saxon, Tank, Venom and Accept, the group released two demos which led to a record deal with Steamhammer (which were not recorded with Bloody Monster, who by this time was replaced by Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek). Aggressor left the band shortly before releasing the In the Sign of Evil EP (generally regarded as an important early black metal release), ...