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History was made this past Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 in Lahti and Helsinki, Finland, respectively.  These were the days when my thrash metal band, Angel of Sodom, performed the only two gigs we will ever potentially play in history, period.

Now, I will address the question “why”, which has been on everyone’s lips, as the news spread about the rarity of these events.  The answer is simply that our guitarist/songwriter/founding member Eero Tertsunen moved to the USA last year, and only this summer did he plan to come back to Finland to pull off these two special shows.  Other than that, Eero is not planning on coming to Europe in the next four years.  That said, Angel of Sodom will still release a second album, which we are preparing as we speak, but we will not tour.

Angel of Sodom by Markus Palo 1

Angel of Sodom creating havoc in Lahti at Ravintola Torvi

If anyone out there questions why we will not tour, the answer lies in the sad state of the music industry at large.  We will not be buying on to any larger tours as a support act for a potential headliner.  That is simply not economically feasible.  For those who are unaware, only established large acts have a chance at making any real money with touring and shows.  Everything that remains local has little to nil chance of making any real turnover.  Therefore, the financial arguments are not in place for Angel of Sodom to plan gigs in the interim, while our guitarist Eero lives in the USA.  The price of airfare alone would have to be covered and justified by monies coming in from potential shows, and as anyone who is in the music industry knows, that would require a set of larger stages and a considerable number of monetarily healthy shows.

Yet, for those who were on hand this past week here in southern Finland for these Angel of Sodom concerts, you witnessed something special.  I have heard it from pretty much every single person that came out to witness the sonic devastation that we left behind.  The Helsinki show was filmed with four cameras and footage will be upcoming down the line, as we wanted this on tape for posterity.

My good friend and ace photographer Kari Helenius of MetalPhotos.com took these stellar shots from Helsinki at Semifinal.  Enjoy!

Today is the official album release of my old school thrash metal band Angel of Sodom‘s “Divine Retribution” album, which is now available as a digital sales download through the following:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/album/divine-retribution/id1033539593?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Angel_of_Sodom_Divine_Retribution?id=Bvg4j6lifeylmxu3vzpemjeuw4a

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Retribution-Angel-Sodom/dp/B014GA256G/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1441763730&sr=1-1&keywords=angel+of+sodom

Angel of Sodom - Divine Retribution COVER

The music video for our single, Righteous Kill, was also released today and can be seen below:

Today, Finland’s leading metal music online media, Imperiumi.net, released a week-long pre-listening stream of my thrash metal band Angel of Sodom‘s new album “Divine Retribution”, which can be heard in its entirety HERE — take a listen!

Angel of Sodom is ready to unleash sonic Hell on the unsuspecting world! (photo: Jarmo Katila)

Angel of Sodom is ready to unleash sonic Hell on the unsuspecting world! (photo: Jarmo Katila)

The official release date for “Divine Retribution” as a downloadable 10-song album is September 9 worldwide across the Internet.  September 9 will also be the release of our music video for the song Righteous Kill.

Angel of Sodom Divine Retribution album cover

It has taken literally over five years in the making, but finally, with a pending release date of September 9, 2015, the scathing debut album of my thrash metal outfit, Angel of Sodom, will finally see it’s long-awaited release!

This album, entitled “Divine Retribution” is chalk-full of brutal goodness, featuring 10 original cuts that certainly won’t wear out their welcome!  “All killer, no filler” is our motto.  I painted and designed the cover myself, being a graphic artist.  Take a look…

Angel of Sodom Divine Retribution album cover

Heavy on the riffs – and catchy, well constructed riffs at that – I have never had as much fun recording original material as I have had with Angel of Sodom.  This is doomsday in sonic form, with Yours Truly belting out the ode of a dying world with the force of an angel of destruction.  Clear and concise, you can actually make out the lyrics as they are verbalized, unlike a lot of thrash where it’s hard to make out the actual words amidst all the yelling and screaming.

Angel of Sodom (left to right): Joonas Heikkinen, Michael Majalahti, Eero Tertsunen

Angel of Sodom (left to right): Joonas Heikkinen, Michael Majalahti, Eero Tertsunen (photo: Jarmo Katila)

Rolf Pilve of Stratovarius played the drums on this “Divine Retribution” album, as he was momentarily with us for a spell before moving on to Stratovarius full-time.  Our current line-up features Joonas Heikkinen on drums, songwriter Eero Tertsunen on guitar (and he also played the bass for the album) and me, myself and I as the lyricist and vocalist.  We had one helluva time finding a bassist to commit to our group for whatever odd and eternally mystical reason, so we went and produced the album ourselves sans a regular bassist.  Well, I think Eero did a great job filling in the bass lines also, so no gripes to be made!

Here is a foretaste of the upcoming sonic fury about to be unleashed on September 9th, as you will be able to download the entire “Divine Retribution” album at that time.  This classic Metal Church cover was left as an outtake and teaser bonus for y’all…

And for those who want to cross-reference with the Metal Church original: