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Review: Sorcery - Garden of Bones
Garden of Bones

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2016
Duration: 51:09
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 24, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Garden of Bones

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

This is a refreshing stab of Swedish Death that's trying to sound a bit different from the usual. Sorcery are actually a band from the earliest days of the Swedish scene, putting out their first demo in 1987, but this is only their third album, and they had a long period of inactivity between 1992 and 2009.

Sorcery have a fairly prototypical sound for Swedish Death, but they also inject a more Thrash sensibility into their riffage, and it gives their music a definite identity, and makes them sound much more individual than a lot of Swedish bands, who are just aping Entombed. This album has much more a feel of drawing from the same influences as albums like Left Hand Path or Dark Recollections, rather than trying to imitate them, and so it has a much fresher sound that reminds me of what was so exciting about the scene back then, when everything was new.

Fans of classic Swedish Death Metal should absolutely not pass this up, as it is a real shot in the arm when compared to all the derivative stuff there is out there. Sorcery were there at the beginning, and they still sound like it.

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