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Review: Sorcerer - Sorcerer

Label: Brainticket Records
Year released: 1995
Duration: 70:19
Tracks: 13
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 12, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (16 Votes)

This is one for the fans of all things obscure. Sorcerer only released this one disc, wayyy back in 1995, and then vanished forever. This is an album you are only ever going to find on download, trust me. Released in the deep, dank heart of metal's Dark Age, this is a true lost classic gem of old-school Doom Metal.

I say Doom, but this is really more a crossing of classic Doom with a trad metal sensibility. Quite similar to Solitude Aeturnus' Beyond The Crimson Horizon or Doomsword's Resound The Horn, Sorcerer craft heavy, catchy songs dripping with haunting melodies and arcane lyrics. Opener "The Sorcerer" is up-tempo and catchy, with galloping riffs and a memorable chorus, but it's certainly not the only cool song on here. You get the more epic, Candlemass-flavored "Northern Seas", the mournful "Queen In Black", and the creeping "Inquisition". The production is a bit thin, but the quality riffage and fine, clear vocals shine through.

Fans of Traditional/Doom should put this on their wish lists. It's almost impossible to get, but if you do, you will not be disappointed. Overlooked, underrated, and unjustly forgotten.

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