The original 1988 band consisted of bassist Johnny Hagel, drummer Tommy Karlsson and guitarist Peter Furulid. In 1989, singer Anders Engberg (Lion’s Share)and a second guitarist, Mats Liedholm, joined the band. In the same year, the group recorded their first demo Anno 1503, of which 1,500 copies were sold, and the band played two gigs in Stockholm, the first with Count Raven and the second at a festival with other bands, including Entombed, Carnage, Therion and Mezzrow, all of which were playing their first show. In the same year the sampler Rockbox was published, including “Born with Fire”. In 1990 Rickard Evensand joined Sorcerer as new drummer. In 1992 Sorcerer recorded their second demo, The Inquisition, which included a demo version of the Rainbow song “Stargazer”. Later that year, Hagel left the band to join Tiamat. Shortly thereafter, the band disbanded. According to Hagel, his departure was not the reason for the band’s dissolution, but the lack of motivation and lack of time of the remaining band members. In 1995, John Perez of Solitude Aeturnus released both demos as a compilation on his label Brainticket Records, Brainticket’s first release. Perez and Hail had known each other since the first Sorcerer demo.
In 2010, Oliver Weinsheimer offered the band a slot at the German Hammer of Doom Festival. Sorcerer now consisted of Hagel and Engberg and friends of the two. Kristian Niemann and Ola Englund played electric guitar and Robert Iversen the drums. In 2011, Perez re-released the remastered demos. As a bonus, three previously unreleased songs, “Wisdom”, “Northern Seas” and “At Dawn”, were included. The same year, the band played at the Up the Hammers Festival in Athens, and work began on the debut album. In 2012, Englund left the band to join Six Feet Under; Peter Hallgren joined as a replacement. In the following years, the band continued to work on the album, then the recorded material was mixed and mastered by drummer Robert Iversen. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren and released in 2015 under the name In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross on Metal Blade Records. In 2017, the second album, The Crowning of the Fire King, was published via Metal Blade, and was chosen as “album of the month” in the German Rock Hard magazine.
|Heathens from the North||Compilation||2004|
|In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross||Full-length||2015|
|Ship of Doom||Single||2017|
|The Devil’s Incubus||Single||2017|
|The Crowning of the Fire King||Full-length||2017|
|The Hammer of Witches||Single||2020|
|Dance with the Devil||Single||2020|
|Lamenting of the Innocent||Full-length||2020|
|The Quarantine Sessions||EP||2020|
|Gates of Babylon||Single||2021|
|When Death Calls||Single||2021|