Tom Angelripper

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Tom Angelripper
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Background information
Birth name Thomas Such
Born (1963-02-19) 19 February 1963 (age 54)
Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Genres Thrash metal, black metal, speed metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Steamhammer
Associated acts Sodom, Onkel Tom, Bassinvaders, Dezperadoz

Thomas Such (born 19 February 1963), better known by his stage name Tom Angelripper, is the founding member and main songwriter of German thrash metal band Sodom.


Tom Angelripper was born in Gelsenkirchen on 19 February 1963 from where he learnt to play bass guitar steadily whilst working in coal mines. He then went on to be the founding member of the German thrash metal band Sodom, for whom he has played bass and vocals on every studio release.

In Sodom, Tom Angelripper plays bass guitar and sings.[1] Angelripper formed Sodom with guitarist Frank "Aggressor" Testegen and drummer Rainer "Bloody Monster" Focke in 1982, in a desperate bid to get out of work in the coal mines that the three had worked in.

Angelripper also founded a band called Onkel Tom Angelripper which plays metal versions of schlagers, drinking songs and Christmas carols. In addition, he worked with a side project of Sodom's touring guitarist Alex Kraft, called Desperados, which played spaghetti-western-themed heavy metal. The band later evolved independently under the name of Dezperadoz, but Angelripper still occasionally contributes.

He also plays in several other sideprojects, such as the German bands Bassinvaders and Die Knappen.



Studio albums[edit]

  • Ein schöner Tag... (1996, Drakkar)
  • Ein Tröpfchen voller Glück (1998, Drakkar)
  • Ein Strauß bunter Melodien (1999, Drakkar)
  • Ich glaub' nicht an den Weihnachtsmann (2000, Drakkar)
  • Nunc Est Bibendum (2011, Drakkar)
  • H.E.L.D. (2014, Drakkar)



  • "Delirium" (1995, Drakkar)
  • "Bon Scott hab' ich noch live gesehen" (2004, Drakkar)


  • Lieder die das Leben schreibte (2004, Drakkar)

With Sodom[edit]


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