Power of Metal.dk Review

In the Shadows Of the Inverted Cross
Style: Heavy doom Metal
Release date: 20 March, 2015
Playing time: 54:00

In the eighties this Swedish band already released 2 demos, but that was about it. After a hiatus of 20 years the band started to play live again. Besides Johnny Hagel, known from Tiamat in the 'Wild Honey period, also Kristian Niemann (Therion) on guitar became member. Besides the 2 members I already mentioned, vocalist Anders Engberg, also known from bands like Lion's Share and 220 Volt is the big trump in this line up. Drummer Robert Iversen and guitarist Peter Hallgren complete the band.

With Anders powerful and variable voice he sees to it that every song is a feast for the ears. His vocals stick perfectly to the doomy heavy metal songs. With a style that reminds of a mix of Tony Martin and Dio at times he really rules. The music has heavy riffs in Black Sabbath style and in combination with the vocals and some very slow parts it reminds of bands like Candlemass and Soltitude Aeturnus. Together with Peter Hallgren, Kristian Niemann serves one melodic solo after another. Besides some mid tempo tracks there are some slower ones also and with "Prayers For a King" even a sort of ballad in Candlemass style. After that a bit more tempo again and fortunately the songs differ enough to stay interesting and the threatening sound creates  the right atmosphere.

This new album is one of the best doom albums this year and if you are a fan of the Black Sabbath with Tony Martin and bands that play in the Candlemass style, you have again a must own album!    

01. The Dark Tower Of the Sorcerer
Sumerian Script
Lake Of the Lost Souls
Exorcise the Demon
05. In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
6. Prayers For a King
The Gates of Hell
Pagans Dance
Label: Metal Blade
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 March, 2015
Website: www.sorcererdoom.com