In the 1970s era of rock‘s theatrical excesses, Sorcery delivered next level
performances in which a battle ensued on stage between illusionists portraying
Merlin versus Satan.While Alice Cooper and KISS brought costumes, gore and flashpots to the
mainstream, these Los Angeles hard rockers integrated live magic, theatrical drama
and fourth wall breaking performance for new heights in musical storytelling. While
Sorcery consists of professional musicians — the core group being guitarist
Richard (Smokey) Taylor, vocalist Greg Magie and bassist Richie King — two
magicians also perform on stage when they play live. The band‘s nearly immediate
local popularity from their debut in 1975 also made them in demand for film and TV.
Enter: Stunt Rock.
Way before Jackass, before Crocodile Dundee, contemporaneous with Kiss Meets
The Phantom of The Park and as timeless as classic Heavy Metal, there was Stunt
Rock. The 1978 low budget, high concept B-movie integrated hard rock, magic,
dangerous stunts and an early form of mockumentary filmmaking into an epic
feature film about an Australian stunt man reunited with his American cousin (and
Sorcery member) in L.A., and all Hell breaks loose.
Sorcery composed the soundtrack — which also served as the band‘s debut album
— and were shown performing songs throughout the film.
Album: OST: Stunt Rock
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: June 10th, 2022
02. Wizard‘s Council
03. Talking To The Devil
04. Burned Alive
05. Book Of Magic
07. Mark Of The Beast
08. The Bird Song
09. Wicked City
11. Power Mad
The Stunt Rock soundtrack highlights the sweet spot between the playful, campy
occult imagery of the 70s before Satanic Panic and the religious right‘s kayfabe
outrage pushed bands to tone things down in favor of glam pomp. What you get
here is pure, knobby occult heavy metal that sounds something like Sin After Sin
era Judas Priest with Robert Plant on vocals, crossed with the melodrama of Alice
Cooper and The Who‘s rock operas. The songs are taut, quickly shifting from part
to part, motif to overture. The tunes are infinitely catchy and laden with attention
grabbing titles like “Talking To The Devil”, “Mark of The Beast”, “Stuntrocker” and
“Burned Alive.” On the surface, the film Stunt Rock seems campy and crazy enough
to be embraced even if the music weren‘t all that exciting, but Sorcery proves that
their work deserves to be seriously appreciated in the canon of classic rock.
Sorcery was founded in 1975, and recently reformed after inking the contract in
2021 with RidingEasy Records for the album reissue. So, rest assured, fans will
have the opportunity to hear these songs live, potentially accompanied by
magicians as well for the full effect. While they were overlooked in their heyday,
Sorcery‘s Stunt Rock album stands the test of time.
Official Soundtrack: Stunt Rock will be released digitally on June 10, 2022 and on
vinyl as an authentic reproduction of the original gatefold album cover on February
28th, 2023 via RidingEasy Records.