Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RIP Chris Witchhunter(SODOM)

Dear Fans and Friends,

In the beginning of this week I received the message that Chris Witchhunter had died. I was shocked - and you can believe me… I still am. As we recorded “The Final Sign Of Evil” I noticed that Chris was in a
very bad condition. It took more than 18 months to finish the recording for this record. My god, I don´t know what to say about this tragedy and i´m feeling really down.
After Chris had left the band we didn´t meet very often. If you take a look at the “Lords Of Depravity” dvd everybody realizes that Chris was really ill and confused. You can also understand why Chris and I didn´t have much contact during the last few years.
His sickness was a slow process and everybody saw what happened - but Chris never took a helping hand from anybody else. All of Chris´ friends will tell you so.
The worst thing was that Chris himself never realized the situation he was in and that it was important to accept help from others.
I can´t write any "clear" words as I am in South America right now and we are flying from show to show. At first I thought that it might be better to cancel the tour but that wouldn´t have been fair to our fans and Chris wouldn´t have liked it either.
I hope that all of Chris´ friends will help his lovely mom and support her in these dark times.
In the beginning of our friendship she was like my own mom to me. After my return from South America I will surely support her, too. I hope that we can arrange a big show for Chris with a couple of friends to give him a special farewell and to make some money for his mother!

Hey Chris, you created music history. R.I.P.!


Ah, fond memories of old Sodom with Witchhunter(Chris) on drums. Chris played on all the classics(In the Sign of Evil, Obsessed By Cruelty, Expurse of Sodomy, Persecution Mania, Mortal Way of Live, Agent Orange). These albums take me back to my high school days and the mid 80's. In my bedroom back then I had one side of my wall dedicated to German thrash bands. I had a slew of Sodom flyers, photos, album advertisments hanging up. Some of which I still have and scanned off and uploaded for this article. I often revisit the old Sodom records. More so of late really paying attention to Chris's drum work. This man hit hard! Those old recordings and that drum sound was like small atom bombs going off. Check out the live clip I posted up top from The Mortal Way Of Live day's. Chris plays those songs wicked fast! Cheers Chris and thanks.

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