This album is a treat for me. I first heard Sorcerer on a mixtape from a friend in high school around '96-'97. They are noted as being a doom-metal band from Stockholm, Sweden and only released a couple of EP's from '89-'92 and from that point on re-releases abound, but never a genuine full-length release. Until now....
"In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" comes to us after over 20 years of separation. Johnny Hagel, who spent years with melodic folk-metal outfit Tiamat, and Anders Engberg, most notable from his time in Therion, got together with friends and former bandmates to make it happen. Bringing in Kristian Niemann, also from Therion, on guitar, Peter Hallgren on guitar, and Robert Iversen on drums, they have woven together one of the darkest, eeriest stories possible.
All at once, classic and timeless, the lead track sets the stage. "The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer" is a powerful lead-in with awesome riffs shared between Niemann and Hallgren. The vocals from Engberg show the vocal range he is known for. "Lake of Lost Souls" plods along showing how heavy going slow can really be. Their sound is reminiscent of Black Sabbath, but there is so much more depth to the story and vocals to make them stand apart. The imagery throughout the whole album is deep enough to have been pulled straight out of a book. Title track "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" weaves album together musically and lyrically.
I can only imagine what it would be like to experience one of their live shows. Their next tour date is 5/22/2015 in Stockholm, Sweden at Debaser Strand. Get this album people, it came out on March 24, 2015 on Metal Blade Records and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and metalblade.com
Giving this one 9/10 \m/'s up!
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