SORCERY (SWEDEN)


Sorcery was founded in 1986 when guitarist Paul Johansson, bassist Magnus Karlsson-Mård and vocalist Ola Malmström hooked up with Fredrik Nygren, another guitarist and his cousin, the drummer Patrik Johansson. The music was then influenced by the thrash scene at the time with bands like Exodus, Slayer, Metallica and Bathory. This lineup released their first demo in 1987 called “The arrival”. Shortly afterwards Patrik and Fredrik was dismissed from the band. After various of line-ups and people come and went within the band, finaly, Fredrik decided to join the band again. The music had changed dramaticly since the first demo and was now very fast and lesser complicated. The second demo “Ancient creation” was released in the spring of 1988 and carries the legacy of the bands fastest period. The drummer at the time, Joakin Hansson, was very much influenced by bands like Cryptic Slaughter and it is much due to him that the band started to pace up. After ancient creation Joakim left the band and the members started to switch instruments with each other. Paul went from guitar to drums and Magnus changed to guitar from bass, leaving the bass spot empty. Mikael Jansson joined the band as a bassplayer and the music went a little bit slower heading towards a more traditional death metal style. In august 1989 the band recorded it´s third demo “Unholy crusade”. This demo got the french label Thrash Records interested and they offered the band a deal for a 7” single. Rivers of the dead, as it would be called was released late 1990 and the first press of a thousand records was soon sold out and by the end of the year another thousand was made


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THE ARRIVAL 1987 DEMO

This recording were made from February 17th to the final mix in March the 24th 1987. We recorded this one by ourselves on a four track recorder but got helped by Ove Gredin to mix it. We had the tapes made for us on plain white cassettes. One hundred copies were made and the covers were xeroxed on different colour papers. I am quite sure that there was Blue, Red, Pink and white ones but there might as well been some that were green and yellow. RED and PINK are shown below.

TRACK LISTING:
- Halloween
- Witches dance/Infernal hill
- Satan's return
- Narration
- Master of evil
- March of the mountain king
- Satanic birth
- The light of the midnight sun
- Flight of the sorceress
- Epilogue (midnight sundown)



THE ARRIVAL 1987 DEMO TAPE:


ANCIENT CREATION 1988 DEMO

This demo were again recorded by us at a four track recorder and were made early in 1988. The demo that was released actually the second version. We had this one recorded late 1987 but with a different line-up and the first one had the song Pandemonium instead of Lucifers legions. I cant really say how many copies that was made of this one as we copied the tapes ourselves and every time they sold out we made new ones. My guess would be around a couple of hundred copies though. The cover was a xeroxed four panel but this time only in black and white. First of two versions


TRACK LISTING:
- Intro:Ancient creation
- In the sign of evil
- Black wizard
- Lucifer's Legion
- Mausoleum
- Holocaust
- Outro


ANCIENT CREATION 1988 DEMO

The cover was a xeroxed four panel but this time only in black and white. Second of two versions


TRACK LISTING:
- Intro:Ancient creation
- In the sign of evil
- Black wizard
- Lucifer's Legion
- Holocaust
- Mausoleum
- Outro



UNHOLY CRUSADE 1989  DEMO

The first time we got into a proper studio and recorded something was on this demo. It was made in Ross recordings, Gavle, by Anders Ross. We still didn't do pro-pressing of this one and the cover were still xeroxed (four panels). Numbers made then?? I don't know but my guess would again be around 200 to 300 copies.

TRACK LISTING:
- Unholy Crusade (intro)
- Death
- Dragons of the burning twilight
- Descend to the ashes
- Count of hades

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