In the Beginning
Sorcery was formed during the summer of 1986 and was influenced early on by the harder part of the hard rock spectrum. On the first demo from 1987 there are clear thrash influences but on the next release from 1988 the band has changed focus to what was to become known as Swedish death metal, something that the third demo from 1989 is an even clearer proof of. In the summer of 1990 the first single was released and in the following year the debut album “Bloodchilling Tales” was released.
The band was put on hold in 1997 because the members had either moved on to other projects or lost interest in the band. Sorcery contributed with the song “Inhabitants of the Tomb” on a compilation album called “The Voices of Death” in 1997 and this became the bands last release from the first active period. In the years that followed the members talked about bringing Sorcery back to life now and then but it was not until the summer of 2009 the reunion became a reality.
Arrival At Six
In 2013 the first studio album in over 20 years was released. Expectations was huge and a lot of the old fans was holding their breath not knowing what to expect. The band was almost equally nervous to see how the fans and press would receive a follow-up to a classic death metal album. To everyone’s delight “Arrival At Six” received numerous raving reviews, averaging a rating of 8.5/10, and both old and new fans alike was more than pleased with it. With a modern sound that still kept the old vibe along with better song writing and instrument skills it made for a masterpiece of Swedish death metal.
Garden of bones
The latest album from the band was released 2016 and had the title, Garden of bones. The release was followed by gigs in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands. Once again the band worked with the spanish label Xtreem Music.
Like many other bands Sorcery has undergone some line-up changes over the years. Two members still remain from the original line-up from 1986; Ola Malmström on vocals and Paul Johansson on guitar. John Falk on bass guitar originally played drums but after a couple of years of abscence from the band he rejoined on bass again 2018. Johan Vikholm joined the band on guitar 2015 and Tommy Holmer on drums 2017.
Sorcery released their fourth album August 20th 2019. It was to be called Necessary excess of violence and was again released by the Spanish Xtreem Music label. The cover was made by Juanjo Castellano which the band used for the Garden of bones cover as well. Tomas Skogsberg produced the album in Studio Sunlight. The album has so far got very good reviews and songs from it was first played to a live audience at the very first Scandinavian Deathfest in Stockholm.
Due to the pandemic plague all everything that was planned is postphoned.