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Review: Sorcery - Necessary Excess of Violence
Necessary Excess of Violence

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2019
Duration: 46:03
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 29, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Necessary Excess of Violence

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

I really enjoyed this band's last disc, the pummeling Garden of Bones from 2016, and so I was glad to get hold of this new one. Sorcery started back in the late '80s with other seminal Swedish Death Metal bands like Entombed and Dismember, but never really went anywhere and spent over a decade broken up. Thankfully, they have reformed with some new members among the old, and this is their fourth album overall, and the third one into their new life.

This one is maybe a tad less heavy than the last time out but makes up for it with sharper songwriting and a more melodic, almost trad-metal sensibility to the riffing. The production on this is modern and crisp, but the compositional sense if very old-school, and it really shows that Sorcery started back in the old days and have, in a lot of ways, gone in a very different direction than a lot of other Swedish Death Metal bands.

I just like this band, they play heavy and sharp but with a really old-school riff sense. They remind me of the glory days of the old Swedish scene but are not just playing imitations of old classics. They have their own sound and their own identity, so they stand out without wandering off and getting all experimental. A very satisfying album.

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Review: Garden of Bones (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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