Agent Orange (album)

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Agent Orange
Studio album by Sodom
Released June 1, 1989
Recorded Musiclab Studios, West Berlin, March-April 1989
Genre Thrash metal
Length 40:14
Label Steamhammer/SPV
Producer Harris Johns
Sodom chronology
Mortal Way of Live
Agent Orange
Better Off Dead

Agent Orange is the third album by German thrash metal band Sodom, released in June 1, 1989 by Steamhammer/SPV records. It was their last album with guitarist Frank Blackfire before he left the band and joined Kreator. The lyrical content delves deeply into Tom Angelripper's fascination with the Vietnam War, with a song dedicated to the ground assault aircraft AC-47 as well as the Agent orange defoliant-inspired title-track. It was the first thrash metal album to enter the German album charts where it reached number 36. Agent Orange sold 100,000 copies in Germany alone[1] and marked the commercial break through for the band. The song "Ausgebombt" was released on the EP Ausgebombt with German lyrics.

In March 2010, Agent Orange was re-released in a digipak with bonus tracks and liner notes containing lyrics and rare photos.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard 9/10[5]

In 2005, Agent Orange was ranked number 299 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Chris Witchhunter, Frank Blackfire and Tom Angelripper, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Agent Orange"   6:04
2. "Tired and Red"   5:25
3. "Incest"   4:38
4. "Remember the Fallen"   4:20
5. "Magic Dragon"   5:59
6. "Exhibition Bout"   3:35
7. "Ausgebombt"   3:04
8. "Baptism of Fire"   4:03
9. "Don't Walk Away" (Tank cover) 2:56
Total length:


  • Harris Johns - Producer, Engineering, Mixing
  • Andreas Marschall - Cover art
  • Manfred Eisenblätter - Photography


Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[7] 36

Ausgebombt, EP[edit]

The band released two songs from Agent Orange on its third EP, Ausgebombt.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ausgebombt" (German Version) 3:07
2. "Don't Walk Away" (Tank cover) 3:00
3. "Incest" (Live) 4:28
Total length:


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ BLABBERMOUTH - SODOM: 'Agent Orange' Re-Release Delayed. February 2, 2010.
  3. ^ SODOM Re-Release Of Agent Orange Postponed Until March. February 2, 2010. Metal Express Radio.
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Rock Hard review[dead link]
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 93. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 1 June 2013.