Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Swedish epic doom metallers SORCERER. The band will release its new album, "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross", on March 20 on CD, vinyl, and digitally.
SORCERER comments: "SORCERER are proud to have signed with the legendary metal label Metal Blade, home of many bands that has inspired us to start making music.
"With the new album, 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross', we hope to continue where we ended many years ago.
"It is all the fans that have supported us through the years that has inspired us to do this album and we really looking forward to meet you all on gigs and festivals soon!"
SORCERER emerged out of Sweden in the late 80s and was one of the very early bands to champion what is now known as "epic doom metal." Besides genre pioneers CANDLEMASS, groups like SOLITUDE AETURNUS, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and SORCERER were among the few groups around representing this style of metal.
During its existence, SORCERER produced two self-financed cassette releases, both of which quickly became underground cult classics regularly hailed by metalheads as some of the finest of the era. After a few personnel changes, the group disintegrated in 1992 and since then some of the bandmembers went on to find some success with other groups. Bassist Johnny Hagel achieved greater success in TIAMAT and later SUNDOWN. Vocalist Anders Engberg has also made a name for himself with several other bands he has fronted, such as LION'S SHARE, TWILIGHT and SECTION A.
In the fall of 2010, members of SORCERER were coaxed into reforming to play a one-off gig at the Hammer Of Doom festival in Germany and, a year later, the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Both shows were received extremely well and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form. In the end, it took over two years to write, arrange and record it, but the result is nothing but pure, heavy epic doom metal.
The process of putting all bits and pieces together and making it ready for mix and mastering was the work of drummer Robert Iversen, also a very fine recording engineer, who was acting as the spider in the recording web. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, DEVIN TOWNSEND).
With years of professional experience and top-class instrumental abilities among its band members, the SORCERER of the 21st century is determined to deliver epic doom metal for many years to come; on record and on stages all around the world!
"In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" track listing:
01. The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer
02. Sumerian Script
03. Lake Of The Lost Souls
04. Excorcise 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 - guitars
Peter Hallgren - guitars
Johnny Hagel - bass
Robert Iversen - drums