Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

(CD, Metal Blade, 2015)

There are some festivals out there with quite an impressive marketing power (i.e. reaching every year  sold-out status) being able to book excellent billings and to entice inactive or even split-up bands to get back onstage once more. This is exactly the case for Sweden’s SORCERER who were invited by the ‘Hammer Of Doom’ promoters to get back in action just for one show but the success of their live appearance brought another invitation by Greece’s ‘Up The Hammers’ fest that somehow convinced the Sweds that there is enough interest to walk some extra miles and write some new tunes. And this brings us to SORCERER’s debut LP “In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross” that got flesh and bones almost three decades after its formation and is an unofficial follow-up of the two demos released during the '90s.

Thinking how short is SORCERER’s back-catalogue I believe it’s valid to approach “In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross” as their maiden release and leave the comparisons with the past for those who have a sweet tooth for such analyses. After all, if the music is good, then no one should care about the past, and believe me, you won’t as soon as you have started listening to the down-tuned riff of “The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer” as it proudly marches under the traditional Doom Metal banner. And if you still like to talk about history then I’d say that SORCERER are still on the epic side of Doom enhanced by the subtle keyboards and being led by the impressive voice by Anders Engberg. The high quality of this composition reflects the experience the two original members have gained all these years and I will draw your attention to the multiple guitar and vocal layers. Traditional Doom is written with golden letters in the riff-driven “Sumerian Script” where you can enjoy the Dio-inspired singing as it pushes the epic meter to the red scales being perfectly combined with the BLACK SABBATH-esque groove. After another killer solo, you should make a mind-note to take a deep breath of the early CANDLEMASS (of the “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” era) almost clean guitar arpeggios and then brace yourself for the climax ending with powerful high-pitched screams. “Lake Of The Lost Souls” is cut from the same cloth, carrying the epic atmosphere with a slower almost painful tempo and I am sure you’ll get shivers down your spine during the chorus, during which singing-along with a fist in the air is a must! The sounds of waters calmly splashing ashore are combined with clean guitar melodies and then invite the marching snare drum to say the final farewell to the lost souls.

Not all the songs are mid-tempo and there a few headbangers like the groovy and kind of evil “Exorcise The Demon”, the super-tight “The Gates Of Hell” that kicks in an Andy LaRocque soloing way and the pounding title track, so you better listening at the highest possible volume. The album closes with the powerful “Pagans Dance” inviting some mysticism through the Tony Martin-esque singing (especially in the higher pitches) and the amazing riff-driven break somewhere in the middle. By the way, the distorted guitar-slide gives me the creeps each and every time.

Like I said, this is not to be considered as a comeback album because in reality the SORCERER have been absent for so long with just two demos under their belt. In any case, “In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross” sounds amazing and adds the word ‘epic’ with capital letters on the side of Doom Metal. This is not an album to be missed and keep in mind that it will get the vinyl treatment too - need I say more?

“...when the first sun rays appeared
they left the misty shore
a speechless man in tears, crying...”





01. The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer
02. Sumerian Script
03. Lake of the Lost Souls
04. Exorcise the Demon
05. In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
06. Prayers for a King
07. The Gates of Hell
08. Pagans Dance


Anders Engberg - Vocals
Kristian Niemann - Guitar
Peter Hallgren - Guitar
Johnny Hagel - Bass
Robert Iversen - Drums