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
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 and 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 Archived 2010-02-08 at the Wayback Machine.. 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.