Sorcerer was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 by Johnny Hagel (Tiamat, Sundown, Lithium), Tommy Karlsson and Peter Furulid. The singer Anders Engberg (Lion’s Share, Therion, 220 Volt) joined them together with a second guitarist Mats Liedholm in 1989. That year they recorded their first demo “Anno 1503” which sold more than 1500 copies.
The band played two shows in Stockholm in ’89; the first show was together with legendary Swedish doom band Count Raven and later in the year they also entered the stage at a festival with bands like Entombed (their first show ever as Entombed), Carnage, Therion and Mezzrow among others.
In 1992 they recorded their second demo which showcased a more mature sound and a higher level of musicianship. Both demos were very well received by the metal press all over the world and the reviews were amazing.
Johnny Hagel left the band later in ’92 to join Tiamat. Sorcerer disbanded shortly after this and the members went their separate ways. In 1995 John Perez of Solitude Aeternus decided to release both demo tapes on cd through his label Brainticket Records.
Fast forward 15 years… In 2010 Johnny Hagel was contacted by Oliver Weinsheimer of the Hammer Of Doom festival in Germany and was offered a spot on the bill that year. Johnny and Anders decided to put a band together made up of friends for this one show more than 20 years later from the first demo release, so joining them onstage was Kristian Niemann on guitar (Therion, Demonoid, Snowy Shaw), Ola Englund on guitar (Feared, The Haunted, Six Feet Under) and drummer Robert Iversen. The band played a set of classic tracks such as Born With Fear, Queen In Black, Northern Seas, and The Sorcerer among others. The show was a big success with the crowd singing along to every song!
In 2011 John Perez re-released the demos again now remastered and featuring some songs that never had been released on cd before. The same year the band played another gig at the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Another massive success, and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form.
In 2012 guitarist Ola Englund left the band to join Six Feet Under and Peter Hallgren (Rob Rock, 220 Volt) was brought in to complete the lineup. Work on the new album progressed slowly but steadily and 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). After fielding offers from several labels the band signed with Metal Blade Records in 2014. Finally then, in March 2015 Sorcerer released the critically acclaimed ”In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross”. Sorcerer played several festivals in support of the album; Sabaton Open Air and Rock Hard Festival among others, with the latter especially being a huge success for the band, selling out their entire merch supply even before finishing their set.
2015 also saw the release of the EP ”Black” which consisted of 3 songs left over from the ”...Inverted Cross” sessions as well as an acoustic version of the track ”Prayers For A King”.
In the end of 2015 the band started to write material for a follow-up album to ”In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross”. Progress went pretty fast and 10 new tracks emerged out of many great embryos stored in the Royal Epic Doom chest. The songwriting carried on throughout 2016 and in early 2017 they went into the studio to record. During the recording the band and drummer Robert Iversen parted ways because of musical differences and Lars Sköld (Tiamat, Avatarium) filled the role as session drummer on the album.
In the early summer of 2017 the album was ready to be mixed by the very talented Ronnie Björnström (Aeon, Cut Up, 220 Volt) who also turned the knobs on their last album. The mastering this time was expertly handled by Mr. Thomas ”Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Watain). In August 2017 the band was joined by original drummer Richard Evensand (Reignsaw, Soilwork, Chimaira, Therion).
Sorcerer are extremely happy with the outcome of their second album ”The Crowning Of The Fire King” and upon it's release on October 20th 2017 it recieved glowing reviews from around the globe; among others a perfect 10/10 score and the Album Of The Month award in one of the world's biggest metal magazines, Rock Hard. They will promote the album with live shows during 2017 and 2018 determined to put their mark on the doom metal scene. With top notch musicianship coupled with strong, powerful songs they are ready to deliver their Royal Epic Doom to the masses around the world for years to come.
Line-up: Anders Engberg (v), Johnny Hagel (b), Kristian Niemann (g), Peter Hallgren (g), Richard Evensand (d).
What the reviews said:
A unique feel for gigantic melodies! Nobody will top 'The Crowning Of The Fire King' this year! - Rock Hard Magazine Germany, 10/10 points, Album Of The Month (Oct 2017)
'The Crowning Of The Fire King' surpasses it's already great predecessor 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross' with ease! - Deaf Forever Magazine Germany, 9.5/10 points, #2 Soundcheck
A little masterpiece that could become the genre album of the year! - Metal Hammer Germany, 6/7 points
The world of Epic Doom has not experienced anything like this since Candlemass. A highlight beyond comparison! - Legacy Magazine Germany, 14/15 points
There isn't a wasted moment on the record. We should consider ourselves fortunate to have Sorcerer fulfill all the epic doom metal needs the world desires. Bleak, classic, awe-inspiring! - Dead Rethoric, 9.5/10 points, Album Of The Month
At almost an hour in length and full of songs between 6 and 10 minutes, this thing goes by fast! The songs are so well crafted and catchy, they seem more like radio hits than classic doom constructs. This is big, big stuff but very easy to enjoy. A strong Album o’ the Year contender! - Angry Metal Guy online, 4.5/5 points
Quite simply, Sorcerer have created an incredible piece of work that it is just too good, too powerful and too damn catchy to ignore. I wish there were more bands that produced music like this, damnit. - Man Of Much Metal online, 9.75/10 points
The musicianship and production is stellar...there’s a cohesion to The Crowning Of The Fire King that makes for an incredible start to finish listen. You can see all the reasons why Metal Blade picked Sorcerer up – this is metal made pure and powerful, without regard for trends and fashion that come and go with the seasons. - Nine Circles online magazine