"Necessary Excess of Violence" (X-Treem Music; 2019)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Being in the music industry (if you can call reviewing music being in the music industry), it's amazing how many things slip by you. For example, I have heard of this band, Sorcery, in the background. I have heard tracks from the band but I never heard any of their albums in their entirety. Well, that all changed when Editor R. Scott Bolton sent me a copy of "Necessary Excess of Violence" to review.

Well, I thought it did. An internet search uncovered the fact there are at least eight bands out there called Sorcery, playing everything from hard rock to brutal death metal. But all you really need to know about this band is that they are Sweden's oldest death metal band.

I gave up trying to do anymore research at this point. And what does it really matter? So I listened to "Necessary Excess of Violence" and I discovered a great band making music the way they want to. Loud, complicated drums; thundering guitars and vocals that are raggedly rough and are barely understanable.

Now this is what I am talking about! This is what metal music should be! In your face, killer music that makes me want to slam something (and that's saying a lot for a 50-ish .... stop there, dude ... man listening to this music in his kitchen in the middle of the day in middle class suburbia).

Right now, I would say, Sorcrey is doing what they want, when they want  and at the decibal they want.

Apparently, from the little research I've done, Sorcery has been around since 1986 and have released numerous albums. As for the history of the band's membrers, well, I suggest you look that up on your own. There have been a lot of changes throughout the years and their member history reads like an old college year book.

Sorcery's "Necessary Excess of Violence" is simply one of the best metal recordings I have heard this year.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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