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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release for the Swedish prog metal band was produced by Tom Dalgety.
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I am a sinner And I worship evil Blood is thinner But you will never know Can you confess That you thrive in chaos You're a sorceress And your eye... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Sep 29, 2016
    Sonically warm and sparkling, Sorceress marks another high point for a band that keep defying the odds by making silly old prog rock sound stupidly exciting and audacious.
  2. Sep 29, 2016
    While Heritage is the strongest of this new trilogy, as well as laying the blueprint for this current era, Sorceress is able to push the adventurous qualities further to outstanding effect.
  3. Sep 29, 2016
    At first, it may seem a bit too safe and stagnant, simply resting in the foundation that Heritage and Pale Communion established instead of pushing it further. Fortunately, though, it eventually stands on its own by offering enough distinctive and cherishable moments to prove how vibrant, striving, and creative the members still are.
  4. The Wire
    Nov 8, 2016
    Diehard metalheads will continue to grumble, but Opeth are never going back to their old sound, and with Sorceress they’ve proved the wisdom of their choice. [Oct 2016, p.57]
  5. Oct 5, 2016
    It's by no means new territory for the Swedish outfit, but a move that keeps their further foray into prog rock enjoyable.
  6. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2016
    The title track suggests maybe they've found a perfect merging of the '70s and the heavies, as it shifts from funky shuffle to skulking stomp. The rest is still King Crimson than King Diamond, but that's not a bad thing. [No. 136, p.61]
  7. Oct 7, 2016
    On the whole, Sorceress is a decent album, but Opeth are capable of more.

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  1. Sep 30, 2016
    For years Opeth was a leading Scandinavian Black Metal band with Prog leanings and growly vocals. So it’s simply amazing how their lastFor years Opeth was a leading Scandinavian Black Metal band with Prog leanings and growly vocals. So it’s simply amazing how their last three albums pass the Grandma test; meaning I can play them at Christmas and Gram Gram will think it’s pleasant background music. Regardless of their evolution, Opeth always retain a few cornerstones in their music, virtuosity being first and foremost. This is their third album of pure Prog Rock for now people. Each one chasing slightly different ways to update 70s Prog. Sorcerer is sometimes a study in Prog/Fusion coupled with Crimson style soft ballads. The Prog/Fusion here is so powerful that it makes you wish they’d just dropped the soft walks through moonbeams altogether. Still, if you love Prog -- and it doesn’t have to be “Prog-Metal” -- you’ll love this album. Expand