Sodom mastermind and co-founder Tom Angelripper announced he’s parting ways with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (was in the band since 1996) and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald (was in the band since 2010). The frontman stated:
“After much thought and reflection I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges. Sodom have always lived off the commitment and passion of everybody involved. Makka was part of the band for almost eight years, Bernemann even for more than twenty.
“To obviate a possible routine setting in which would make it impossible to continue our creative work optimally, I would like to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.
“At the same time I would like to say thank you to Bernemann and Makka for many successful years in which we performed fantastic shows and released a number of real metal manifestos.”