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Apocryphon (Deluxe Edition)

The SwordAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B00984668E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Veil Of Isis
2. Cloak Of Feathers
3. Arcane Montane
4. The Hidden Masters
5. Dying Earth
6. Execrator
7. Seven Sisters
8. Hawks & Serpents
9. Eyes Of The Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon
11. Arrows In The Dark (Live at Emo's / Austin, TX)
12. Barael s Blade (Live at Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX)
13. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (Live at Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX)
14. Ebethron (Live at Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX)
15. Cheap Sunglasses

Editorial Reviews

Over the course 3 mind altering, critically praised albums, THE SWORD have proved to be one of rock's most intriguing bands. Part Sabbath, part Melvins, part Slayer, the band has already created a body of enormous riffery that has crushed ear drums the world over. On their new album APOCRYPHON, the band has taken the best elements from each of their previous albums and made an album that is the most fluid and heavy of the band's career.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n Roll Ain't Dead October 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I pre-ordered this CD from amazon. As with all of my physical music purchases from amazon, the product arrived in perfect condition and was delivered on time. I got it from amazon since the record is only sold digitally via iTunes (booo).

The Sword is an band from my hometown of Austin, Texas. But believe me, they're a anomaly here. They're hard rockers in a city that is fascinated by Indie garbage (IMO) and country-blues-rock fusion. I'm just warning you - don't come to the "Live Music Capital of the World" and expect to find killer bands like this playing on every street corner. You're more likely to find marginally talented, unshaven kids in skinny jeans wearing wool hats in the heat (idiots) trying to look & sound cool.

The CD is in its own art sleeve. The booklet contains lyrics and artwork. They didn't cheap out on the packaging, so it was worth the buck or two over the digital download. The Sword is also on a new label, so I don't know who is responsible for the packaging..but I like it.

Finally, the music! The production level is great on this record. The band has blossomed in this area. I can only describe the music as "killer stoner grooves that will have your head involuntarily bobbing." I read a lot about the comparisons to early Sabbath, and I agree. On this recording they bring some vintage keyboard sounds in, mostly for very subtle background or intros. Don't worry, this isn't Van Halen's 1984, where they're gonna fall off the deep end and go keyboard-centric (we hope). I don't really feel the vocals follow Ozzy's style. Instead I describe the vocals as purely unique and distinct, with respect to both the vocal feel and lyrical content. The Sword seems to deliver the goods consistently.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword-Apocryphon(Deluxe Edition) October 22, 2012
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I just recieved The Sword-Apocryphon from Amazon. This is the fourth album from the austin heavy metal rockers. I am listening to it as i write this. I have the other 3 cd's and love them all. The band is a throwback to the 70's when metal was in a state of evolution (if you will),to what it has become today. They remind me of Black Sabbath with Ozzy's original vocal style. But, that being said they are also very original in their own way. I am enjoying this album immensley!They play the old style but with original integrity. If you enjoy high quality metal, that just flat rocks, and has integrity,this band is for you!I also highly recommend the other 3 albums. All excellent metal music with a high level of quality of musicianship and they flat out rock as well!Don't miss this one, it's a must buy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocryphon October 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The same yet totally different. Just like all their other albums. I don't know how they do it.

Don't let the unobtrusive synthesizers and Gnostic lyrics fool you, this is still the best orc-killing music being made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sword serve up another savory riff smorgasbord April 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The fourth full-length from Texas-based collective The Sword finds the band powerfully doing what they do best: Doling out piles and piles of ginormous riffage, colossal, conquering grooves, viscerally rumbling bass lines, and fantastical, epic lyrics (which are spewed by Ozzy Osbourne-worshipping vocalist J.D. Cronise). And, of course, 2012's "Apocryphon" might occasionally venture into more melodic and head-trip-esque territory, but it is just a matter of time before the band emerge with another Titanic-sized, foundation-shaking, and eminently memorable riff that abruptly takes the song back into the heavy, propulsive soil that birthed it.

On the whole, the album falls somewhere between Black Sabbath, Mastodon, High On Fire, Pentagram, Motorhead, and Judas Priest. The opening "The Veil Of Isis" adheres to a catchy, Sabbath-esque galloping groove, and is tattooed by crunching guitar licks and crashing cymbals. The next song, "Cloak Of Feathers," then, is centered around a meaty, moaning, Tony Iommi-copped riff; but it is a highlight because it briefly opens up for some clearly audible -- and surprisingly technical and nimble-fingered -- bass lines. "Arcane Montane" is another big standout on account of it flirting with some exceptional guitar soloing. And it is further highlighted by a lumbering, swamp-bred main riff, and a strong, grumbling bass line. "The Hidden Masters" opens with a proggy-sounding string arrangement reminiscent of vintage Deep Purple. But, yes, it soon downshifts to a memorable, grumbling, downtuned main riff that practically screams "classic, trance-inducing stoner metal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang for a few bucks! October 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Sword comes back with a new album just 5 months after the Hammer of Heaven single from May of 2012, and 2 years 2 months after Warp Riders was released in August of 2010. This is pretty cool for rock fans, because many bands these days are taking longer to record records. The Sword has stuck to their brand of stoner type metal that tips its hat to the 70s artists that have influenced so many bands. However, there is a flair that this Texas quartet has setting them apart. Maybe it's the straight ahead approach that lacks the slow tempo love songs or trippy jams that often cause many albums to feel out of balance. This album rocks beginning to end just like Warp Riders, Gods of the Earth and Age of Winters did before.

Dual guitars rip back and forth across each other and beginning to end. The bass thunders to fill out the bottom end and links perfectly with the drums, which drive right through stone. Ten tracks of new material, 4 live bonus songs of previous material and a ZZ Top cover blend together to give fans a wonderful ride across the multiverse! For the money, this album is worth every penny! I love the artwork The Sword comes up with for their albums, and the lyrics always call to a far off land where warriors wage battle against ancient creatures. I always seem to get lost in listening to The Sword, and I can only find myself again when the music ends.

Apocryphon, the title track, jumps out as the strongest track to me. The quirky keyboard intro that also weaves through the song conjures up classic rock memories like The Who's Baba O'Riley. The live tracks prove the band is no slouch when it comes to live performance. Seeing them live will be a goal of mine in the nearest of futures. The covering ZZ Top (Cheap Sunglasses) does seem to be popular lately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All Must Bow Down to the Sword of Doom!
Riff masters who write songs that make it impossible to stand still.
Don't worry about which album is best by these guys.
They all Rawk!
The Sword can do no wrong!
Published 13 days ago by Blake Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock'in Band
good hard rock great songs & riffs if you like long songs great duo guitar solos then is the band for you
Published 24 days ago by Dennis Salerno
4.0 out of 5 stars more good stuff from the Sword
Good album, especially if you're already a fan. Love the psychedelic album art. I agree with those who relate the Sword to Sabbath. Read more
Published 27 days ago by megelomaniacal
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot lose rocking with THE SWORD!
A fine document of a band progressing and offering fans even more of its outstanding Heavy Rock/Metal sensibilities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harry Manback
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Sweet album, made me rock hard and I think I shat a little in my pants. Can't get enough of this!
Published 1 month ago by Justin Swanson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
This album is a major step down from their previous albums. A little too polished, a little too produced. Read more
Published 2 months ago by soytown
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Solid album with good songs beginning to end. Not ground breaking, but very good rock band. Live stuff at the end is also a good listen.
Published 2 months ago by rkerns
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocryphon: Hard to say, easy to listen to. Do it
Killer album. Was introduced to these guys as the opening act for Clutch. Was blown away. Do yourself a favor and buy this album.
Published 2 months ago by Birdsong
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
I picked this up recently and have already listened to it a few times. I really dig this band and they certainly didn't disappoint with this album.
Published 2 months ago by nponch75
5.0 out of 5 stars the sword is a jam band..
liked the cd's so much i went to see em...they played all the tunes i loved the most from the past 3 cd's....they jam,reminiscent of the 70's bands...check em out on YT.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ram
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