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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B0098466CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hittner on 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By METAL GOD on 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jon Christian Allison on October 23, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on April 4, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keogh on October 23, 2012
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Apocryphon has new sounds and new band members. However, all of the tracks are solid, build well upon the previous albums and have all of the trademark lyrics and riffs. For instance, the solid Fantasy tie-ins that you may have come to expect from albums other than Warp Riders (which is a concept album) are back on this album, like Dying Earth (Jack Vance). I've seen these guys many times since Age of Winters came out. Glad that their careers have come such a long way since I first saw them opening for a crappy band, in a crappy bar, off the beaten track here in Denver. It was really cool to see them make it onto the Metallica Tour and Guitar Hero game. To the point, this album is another great reason to get out there and see these guys Live! Imagine that this is why there are a few Live, high energy, teaser tracks on the album. They really are a unique Live experience.
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