SORCERY really doesn’t need any introduction if you’ve been in to death metal since the 80s. But for those of you too young to remember this band were around when Swedeath became the THING. Ola answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
SORCERY was/is a giant part of the Swedish death metal heritage. You had a 7”EP out on Thrash Records, an album out on Underground and some sort of hype going for you guys yet you didn’t manage to get off the ground. What went wrong?
-I guess it was a lot of different reasons that it never took off for us back in the days. One main reason was that we experienced a lot of personnel problems within the band. We changes line-up very often and we didn’t manage to get it anywhere. Also we were located quite far away from the scene in the bigger cities and it was hard for us to find gigs and promote ourselves.
When you were about to release the debut album what kind of expectations did you have on it? How much of that did it live up to?
-We really thought it would take us somewhere but the lack of distribution and promotion for the album made it disappear. It was a shame, we liked the album and we believed that we had done a good job with it both songwise and productionwise. It has got a lot more of attention nowadays than it had when it first was released.
The album “Bloodchilling Tales” was later on rereleased on CD by German No Colours, a label known for its dubious releases. What was it that made you let them rerelease the album? In hindsight what do you think of this rerelease?
-Well, we didn’t knew anything about No Colours records when they contacted us and wanted to make the re-release on CD. We had no problem with the label and had no idea about what kind of releases they had made in the past. It was our original label, UGR, who sat up the first deal with No Colours and when it came to the second re-release we thought it didn’t matter, We just let them do it again. The third version of the CD release was made on Metal Insiquition, a sublabel to No Colours. I think it still was a good decision to make the album on CD because it got spread much wider than the original release.
Do you have any plans on doing something like rereleasing the album again?
-Yes we are going to release it again, but in a different version. This time we had re-made and freshen up some things. There will be a new cover and a new title. It is going to be called “Legacy of blood” instead and will be compleatley re-mastered. The reasons for this are that we don’t want any controversy with the old labels. It will be To The Death records that will make the release on vinyl and the CD will be released by Xtreem Music.
Much later you decided to get SORCERY going again. What was behind that decision?
-We had been spoken about this for ages and when I got together with a drummer and a guitar player and we started to make some death songs the idea of bring together the old band once again came alive. I asked Paul if he was interested in joining the band again and he came back instantly. Through the years of our absence we have always got mails from people who wanted to have us playing again and that also helped us to decide that we would try this once more.
How much does the band differ in sound 2013 compared to that debut album?
-We have tried to make us sound like Sorcery always did even though we wanted it to sound modern and fresh. It is almost impossible to re-create what we had back then. We are much better musicians and we have had a lot of new influences now. There is only Paul and I who was in the band before and the new guys have contributed with a lot if input concerning the songwriting. I guess if you are expecting the new album to sound like it was released a year after Bloodchilling tales then you will get a bit disappointed. But if you are looking forward to a genuine Sorcery album then you are going to love it.
When you are a band that has a history longer than the age of some of the guys that today play old school Swedish death metal how does that make you feel? Are you proud of being a part of their upbringing?
-It sure feels great to have been a part of the beginning of the scene. It was a very exciting time and I still have very fond memories from the earlier years. It makes us feel real old when we meet bands that have members that were about a couple years old or not even born when we made our first album. For instance, our drummer was only six years old when we founded the band.
You now have a new album to promote. How will we that have been with you since that very first demo back in the days feel about this new album?
-I sure hope that you will feel that it is a good album and understand that we aren’t here to copy ourselves from the past and what we have made today is a Sorcery album worth the daylight in 2013.
Xtreem Music seems to be a great place to be for an underground band. How much does it differ the way things are run today compared to 25 years ago?
-A lot I think. The scene and the industry are much more established now than it was back then. When we started in 1986 most of the people who run labels and magazines didn’t had a clue what we were doing but now there are people like us who run the show, who was there when it all begun. Back then it was impossible to hear extreme music on the radio and now you can hear Death bands on the biggest radio stations almost daily. It is much easier to bring out the music to a wider audience these days.
What kind of expectations do you have this time around? What is realistic to expect to get out from releasing an album in 2013?
-I don’t know really. It’s been a while since last time we released an album so we just have to see what’s happen. We sure expect that it will get the attention that we feel the album is worth and that it will trigger us to make another album and continue playing our music everywhere.