Agent Orange (album)

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Agent Orange
Studio album by Sodom
Released 1 June 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 studio album by German thrash metal band Sodom, released on 1 June 1989 by Steamhammer/SPV. 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.

The album's liner notes carry the message: "This album is dedicated to all people - soldiers and civilians - who died by senseless aggressions of wars all over the world."

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: 40:14

Track 9 is a bonus track for initial CD pressings.


  • 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: 10:35


  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.