ARTIST: SORCERER

TITLE: LAMENTING THE INNOCENT

LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS

RATING: 7.5/10

WORDS: HOLLY HAMMOND

With a theme fitting for the Swedish band’s name, Lamenting The Innocent delivers on an intense and emotional witch trial narrative as well as a fierce metal album. Sorcerer, self-confessed perfectionists produced the album themselves, creating an album reflective of classic metal as well as touching on historical and supernatural aspects.

Opening into the melodic and explosive deliverance of metal, “Persecution” has a hint of a sinister tune to introduce the focal track “The Hammer of Witches”. It is powerful and vocally impressive where the bands plays around with different riffs and melodies to amplify the heavy and classic metal sound. 

SORCERER SHOW THAT CLASSIC METAL IS STILL FRESH OUT THERE, BLENDING WITH NARRATIVES AND EMOTION

“The Hammer of Witches” is a strong and emotive lead song dealing with a perfect subject for metal before introducing the title track. “Lamenting of the Innocent” plays up an initially more spooky, religious, and supernatural twist on the witch theme. Then delivering upon a powerful and slow sound similar to Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath. “Lamenting of the Innocent” maintains a lot of interest by contrasting to “The Hammer of Witches”, with an emotive sound, musically and lyrically. The track gradually progresses into a heavier metal sound and alternates with the emotive and stripped back chorus. On an emotive slower front, the song certainly delivers. 

The album jumps into the heavier and faster “Institoris”, full of energy and hard riffs throughout. It is fuelled by crashing power with a variation of speed to create an exhilarating listen to soar into “Where Spirits Die”. Sorcerer take a different turn with melodic riffs, raking back into a stripped-down song to explode into heavy choruses. Vocally, “Where Spirits Die” is quite rich and impressive, although it becomes somewhat overly repetitive towards the end where interest may slightly dwindle. Then it lands into the softer sounding and melodic “Deliverance”. The use of additional instruments sounds completely different to anything else on the album, it is rich, layered and passionate, but works incredibly well as a contrasting track.    


“Age of the Damned” erupts from the get-go as a beast of a song. It is intense, vocally, and musically. Perhaps one of the stronger songs on the album, “Age of the Damned” varies its melody, riffs, and prominent sounds as it progresses to keep you hooked.The bells chime for “Condemned” which is instantly reminiscent of Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name. “Condemned” is emotive, haunting and sympathetic, but then builds up intensity and speed although never losing the core of the song.

If there is anything to come out of the album’s journey, it is simply that metal is not dead

Sweeping into a strong introduction, “Dance With The Devil” is stripped back at times before bursting back into a fiery metal intensity. The riffs are prominent and repeated in the song but work well to lift and embellish it. The closing track introduces itself in a complexly and layered manner to deliver one of the standout songs on the album. “Path To Perdition” is a song that lets the album culminate in a bang, mixing up arrangements to keep you hooked throughout. Lyrically, the song delivers on anger and vengeance to wrap up the narrative that has taken place throughout the course of the album.

If there is anything to come out of the album’s journey, it is simply that metal is not dead.

Sorcerer’s Lamenting The Innocent album is out now.

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