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Review: Sorcerer - In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 54:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 18, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross

Rated 4.07/5 (81.43%) (14 Votes)

Sweden’s Sorcerer is another in an unbelievably long line of bands that formed many years ago, split up and got back together when the climate became more favorable. After listening to their debut full-length (the band released a few demos and compilations over the years) it’s hard to understand how they didn’t get more traction back in the day. There’s a lot of classic Heavy Metal influence to their sound which is generally mid-paced with an epic sound and Doom atmosphere. I keep hearing things like Black Sabbath’s "Sign of the Southern Cross" and Rob Lowe-era Candlemass in songs like "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" and "Sumerian Script." These songs and others are excellent examples of well-done Doom Metal that is haunting and powerful at the same time. The main vocals lines are well written and remind me a bit of Argus while some of the choruses nod toward Atlantean Kodex more than a little. There are a couple of up-tempo tracks like "Exorcise the Demon" and "The Gates of Hell" that by themselves are decent but their speed and tone set them apart from the rest of the album and found myself wishing they’d end so I could hear more of the Doom goodness.

Sorcerer is a band I’m glad got back together because they’ve delivered a solid album with In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. Heavy, ominous and just plain cool; it doesn’t get much more "metal" than that.

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