“The Crowning of the Fire King”

By Dr. Abner Mality

I can always make time for pure epic doom metal, especially since there’s so little of it these days. A flood of nasty sludge and groovy stoner rock has almost buried Candlemass style doom for good…almost. Sorcerer, a band with roots in the 80’s, is trying to keep the flag of heavy melodic doom metal in the great tradition alive. And doing a pretty good job of it.

I won’t pretend that this is anything but pure Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus worship with plenty of riffs and atmosphere borrowed from those great bands. But so what? The execution here is just as good as it would be with those bands and nobody that loves epic doom should be disappointed with this release. The sound is crystal clear, the riffs sorrowful and the vocals of one Anders Engberg (who has done time with Lion’s Share and Therion as well) are exactly what they should be for this type of music. The “borrowed” feel can be forgiven when the pure solemn tones of “Sirens” and “Ship of Doom” come ringing in.

Sorcerer’s approach is especially melodic and there are plenty of parts where melody takes precedence over a lumbering doom riff. But those riffs are here, too, particularly on the very dark and heavy “The Devil’s Incubus” and the excellent and epic title track. Engberg’s singing is just perfect for this band, not too far from what Mats Levin is doing with Candlemass these days but even better, I think.

Don’t obsess about originality and “The Crowning of the Fire King” will absolutely cure your epic doom fix.