Bassist/vocalist Thomas “Angelripper” Such of German thrash metal veterans SODOM was interviewed by Kaaos TV at the Steelfest Open Air 2013, which was held May 24-25 in Hyvinkää, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked for his thoughts on the death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Angelripper said: “At first, I was shocked, because I thought that he was in the hospital because of this spider attack and problems with the skin. But I know that he drank a lot of alcohol [although] I never saw him drinking.”
He continued: “I met him the first time in 1985 when they played in Bochum with DESTRUCTION on tour. And Witchhunter [SODOM's former drummer] was playing in DESTRUCTION at this time just for a tour. I met [Jeff] and he was a very nice guy.
“I was shocked [when I heard Jeff died], because he’s SLAYER — he’s the main songwriter, the main lyric writer.
“It’s unbelievable, because he was 48 or 49 — younger than me…
“I hope SLAYER keep on going, I hope SLAYER get back Dave Lombardo on the drums and restart the band. But it’s not all the same.
“Jeff Hanneman, I think he was better than Kerry King sometimes…
“I’m still shocked, because he was a young man.”
SODOM‘s new album, “Epitome Of Torture”, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Epitome Of Torture” was made available on April 29 in Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Bassist/vocalist Thomas “Angelripper” Such, guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and new drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald recorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a MOTÖRHEAD cover) which “present SODOM as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever,” according to a press release.