Fireworks

CD Reviews

Sorcerer - 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/22/85/09/Sorcerer-In-The-Shadow-Of-The-Inverted-Cross-58-1442862814.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 21, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3031   0   1   0   0   0

Absolutely awesome.

It's not very often in the cut-throat world of music that a huge miscarriage of justice gets a chance to be rectified – in recent times I can only think of one other case (that of U.K. Metaller's Hell) – but after being the stuff of myth and legend for so long, Swedish Epic/Progressive Doom Metal act Sorcerer finally get to release their official debut album!

Formed in Stockholm in the late 1980s, the band (which incidentally features vocalist Anders Engberg of Lion's Share, Therion and 220 Volt (amongst others) fame) recorded a couple of highly prized demo tapes – 'Sorcerer' in 1989 and 'The Inquisition' which arrived some three years later – both of which actually sold better than a lot of bands albums at the time. Often likened to both Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus – personally speaking, I'd throw Tony Martin era Black Sabbath and maybe a soupçon of Veni Domine into the mix as well – for some completely inexplicable reason they never got signed (despite near universal rave reviews). As a consequence, the various members drifted apart into other projects with the Sorcerer name ultimately passing into the realm of legends.

Both demos were re-issued on CD in 1995 (and then again as an expanded version in 2011 – if you can find a copy, their version of 'Stargazer' alone make it worth the entrance fee!), but after bassist Johnny Hagel was contacted about reforming the band to play the Hammer Of Doom Festival in Germany in 2010, they decided to give it another shot. A real labour of love, 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross' has taken more than two years to write and record, but the end results are nothing short of breath-taking!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


This is a humongous, riff strewn monster of an album with superb vocals (I'm assuming no one actually needs me to eulogise on how good a singer Engberg is?), massive hooks, epic arrangements and seismic guitar flurries. I'm not kidding when I say this is arguably the best release of its type since the seminal 'Nightfall' from Candlemass back in 1987! Filled to the gunnels with epic arrangements, the eight tracks (most of which clock in at the six to eight minute mark) that make up the album serve up a veritable aural banquet of everything that's great about this particular branch of the Metal tree ... bold, ambitious, soaring and majestic.

But don't just take my word for it, emerge your senses in gems such as 'Prayers For A King', 'Sumerian Script', 'Lake Of The Lost Souls', the title track 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross' itself or the pulsing 'The Gates Of Hell' and experience the imperial majesty of Sorcerer for yourself.

Absolutely awesome!

Dave Cockett

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  October 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 3 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site