Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost – who was in SODOM since 1996 – and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald – was in the band since 2010 – told in a statement that they were fired from band via WhatsApp. Statement reads as follows:
“Tom [Angelripper, SODOM co-founder and leader] has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.
“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day‘ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.
“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave SODOM – the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love – together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.
“Within our hearts, we will remain SODOM even if Tom is not with us any longer.”
As reported before, Tom’s statement reads:
“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.”