SORCERER

Traditional Doom Metal • Sweden
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Sorcerer is a Swedish epic doom metal band. From their 2015 promo material: "Sorcerer was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 by Johnny Hagel (Tiamat, Sundown, Lithium), Tommy Karlsson and Peter Furulid. The singer Anders Engberg (Lion’s Share, Therion, 220 Volt) joined them together with a second guitarist Mats Liedholm in 1989. That year they recorded their first demo “Anno 1503” which sold more than 1500 copies. The band played two shows in Stockholm in '89; the first show was together with legendary Swedish doom band Count Raven and later in the year they also entered the stage at a festival with bands like Entombed (their first show ever as Entombed), Carnage, Therion and Mezzrow among others.

In 1992 they recorded their second demo which showcased a more mature sound and a higher level of musicianship. Both demos were very well received by the metal press all over the world and
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SORCERER In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross album cover 4.19 | 6 ratings
In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross
Traditional Doom Metal 2015
SORCERER The Crowning of the Fire King album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Crowning of the Fire King
Traditional Doom Metal 2017
SORCERER Lamenting of the Innocent album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Lamenting of the Innocent
Traditional Doom Metal 2020

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SORCERER Black album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black
Traditional Doom Metal 2015

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SORCERER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SORCERER Sorcerer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sorcerer
Traditional Doom Metal 1989
SORCERER The Inquisition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Inquisition
Traditional Doom Metal 1992

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SORCERER Sorcerer album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Sorcerer
Traditional Doom Metal 1995
SORCERER Heathens from the North album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heathens from the North
Traditional Doom Metal 2004

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Sirens
Traditional Doom Metal 2017

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SORCERER In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross

Album · 2015 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Sorcerer's cover art, with its sparse monochrome imagery, combined with the Satanic implications of its title might make you expect a kvlt black metal band, or perhaps a black metal artist's dungeon synth side project. Instead, Sorcerer offer up a tasty dish of traditional doom metal that flips the script a little by widening the nostalgia lens a little. As well as performing music harkening back both to Black Sabbath and to the doom metal pioneers of the 1980s like Saint Vitus or Candlemass, Sorcerer also incorporate into their music plenty of influences from classic 1980s heavy metal of the Dio school.

The end result is an album which bridges the worlds of traditional heavy metal and doom metal, presenting a blend which is at once novel and familiar.

SORCERER In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross

Album · 2015 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Heathens from the north...

Genre: epic doom metal

Over the last fifteen years or so, doom metal seems to be dominated by either crass and sloppy down-tuned sludge doom acts or pseudo-psychedelic stoner bands, and that's fine, but the best doom metal to my ears always has been and always will be old school doom metal and epic doom metal. The Swedish band Sorcerer - formed in 1988 and reformed in 2010 - operate within both of these genres, and "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" is actually their debut full-length.

Crushingly heavy - the old school way - are tracks like 'Pagans Dance' and 'Sumerian Script''. And the opening track clearly shows that these Swedes have the same D(oom)NA as the guys in Count Raven and Candlemass. It is clear that Sorcerer belongs in the upper echelon of of Swedish doom metal. The magnificent 'Lake of Lost Souls' captures all that is good about doom metal with its oppressive, yet lush, heavy textures. The title track is a heavily pumping affair with a nice stomping rhythm and soaring vocals. Others like 'Through the Gates of Hell' and 'Exorcise the Demon' are uptempo hard rocking tracks, and both feature elements from both traditional metal and hard rock. And 'Prayers for a King', holy fucking shitfuck! Pardon my French, but this track is perhaps the best doom metal song I have ever heard in my life. With heavy beats, multiply layered guitar harmonies and clean, melodic vocals, this song is the epitome of epic doom metal.

Upon the very first listen, it should become apparent that these guys are veterans. Featuring band members with backgrounds in Tiamat, Speaking to Stones, Section A, Therion, Demonoid, and 220 Volt, the members of Sorcerer have years of experience with various subgenres of metal, including death metal, traditional metal, progressive metal, and Gothic metal, and this album is characterized by professionalism and focus in terms of both performance and songwriting. All compositions are very strong, and it is very obvious that these guys know exactly what they are doing. the guitar solos are kind of virtuousic without being mindlessly shreddy, which is a bit refreshing, and Anders Engberg's vocals have a nicely hard rock edge to them as well as a the soaring quality that suits epic doom metal so well. Engberg is perhaps a name that people associate with progressive metal, given that he sings in Section A and has contributed to Speaking To Stones, but he was actually an original member of Sorcerer, and his voice is just perfect for this kind of music.

Needless to say, this is recommended to all fans of epic doom metal. It's a near-masterpiece, and I am already looking forward to their next album!

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