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Gods of the Earth

The SwordAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kemado
  • ASIN: B0014DC0R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sundering
2. The Frost-Giant's Daughter
3. How Heavy This Axe
4. Lords
5. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
6. To Take the Black
7. Maiden, Mother & Crone
8. Under the Boughs
9. The Black River
10. The White Sea

Editorial Reviews

The Sword is a retro metal four piece hailing from of all places the singer songwriter haven of Austin, Texas. Beginning in 2003, The Sword with founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and they appeared at Austin's famed SXSW Festival. They did national touring stints with everyone from progressive metal saviors Mastodon, to indie rock darlings ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead followed, and by mid 2005, The Sword had been picked up by New York based indie label Kemado Records, with their much anticipated debut album, Age of Winters.

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from the sheltering glens April 11, 2008
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As if their name and albums weren't enough to tip you off, the Sword like to do two things: make references to myths and fantasy, and blast your ears off with eruptions of fiery metal.

And in their second album "Gods of the Earth," this Austin band proceeds to do both -- but with greater intensity than in their debut. Not only do they have Black-Sabbath-style muscle and power that sweeps you off like a tidal wave, but also a wild flexibility that only promises to become more hypnotic in the future.

The first song eases you into the music with a nimble, quiet guitar melody... right before that swell of thunderous bass explodes onto the scene, and it turns into a full-fledged metal anthem. But from the way they play it, you can tell that this is just the buildup.

It's followed by the epic buildup and rapid ascent of "How Heavy This Axe," a blazing war anthem ("So many men have fallen/So many more must die/Cut down like wheat beneath the scythe!"), and "Lords'" tight knifelike riffs twined with heavy grimy clouds of bass. And, of course, lyrics that sound like they were written for some enormous high-fantasy novel ("The dukes of the marches have ordered their archers/To shoot all outlanders on sight").

So you have a pretty good idea of what the remaining songs are going to be, and the Sword rushes on through them like a brush fire. A rollicking hard-rocker that simultaneously sounds like a stampede and a car revving, a meditative folk-metal anthem, blazing yowlfests, tribal metal, eruptions of accelerating bass and wild upward-spiraling riffs.

By the time you get to "The White Sea," you'll probably feel kind of dizzy. Fortunately the album finally slows to a stately dark cloud of grimy bass, with one outburst of wailing riffs near the end.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live the Sword April 1, 2008
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I'm not a big fan of metal by any means but I love The Sword. Their metal riffs are amazing and there is something about their music that I just can't resist. If you liked their first album you'll love this album. Don't hesitate to buy now.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best young american metal band April 28, 2008
By k wolf
Format:Audio CD
The heavy metal hardcore hates it when a band comes from outside the scene to do metal.

They hate it double when that band gets a deal with a large label.

They hate it triple when the band does metal better than the bands that grew from inside the scene.

The heavy metal hardcore hates The Sword.

They listen with their prejudices, not their ears. This band has grown a pair since their last album. They now have their own very distinctive sound, heavier, rawer and faster than the Sabbathian debut. Indeed, there is improvement on every level. Every instrument sounds better; and while the singer will never be great, he has found himself now and fronts the band with aplomb. When you have riffs like this, the singer doesn't need to carry the band. He just needs to carry his own weight. He does it just fine.

It sometime happens that "borderline" metal bands, bands from outside the scene, make the best metal, because they bring a new perspective. The Sword is the best American doom metal band since Danzig, and that's saying something.

If you don't like them for some kind of philosophical reason or because they're too popular, that's your loss. This sounds like true metal to me.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good April 11, 2008
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The first and most appropriate description of this album is that it is "fast." Every song on this album is as fast or faster than anything on Age of Winters. It starts off strong with the intro track but as soon as the second song starts it's obvious that the doom influence is out. Instead, they are leaning much closer to a High on Fire metal type of sound. The singing style has completely changed to match the new, faster style of playing. Now instead of slow-building power found in most songs, it is more of a straight ahead rock sound. The vocals now have a similar quality to Clutch. This album is completely different from what came before.
There are a few stand out songs: namely the two minute intro called "The Sundering" along with "Maiden, Mother & the Crone" and "The Black River" which both appear towards the end of the album. The second through sixth track are all no match for The Sword's previous effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you, more depth than you'd expect January 30, 2009
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I got The Sword's first album based on the song Freya on Guitar Hero. At first I didn't like the album, but I found I kept listening and it grew on me quite a bit. I gave that album 3.5-4 stars.

Gods of the Earth is a fantastic 2nd effort. The songs are more varied and the riffs within them more varied. The drumming is absolutely incredible and goes a long way towards giving the songs legs. Some songs flow almost seamlessly. Listning to The Black River/The White Sea combo is 10 minutes of musical joy. It's been nearly 9 months and it's still a CD I listen to very reguarly. There's only 2 songs I got tired of quickly: Fire Lances and Under the Boughs.

One thing that really separates The Sword from similar bands is the amount of instrumental music. Some songs are completely instrumental and even songs with lyrics have long sections that are primarily instrumental. It strikes a nerve almost like great classical music, as far as the way I listen to it. It's something I can listen to actively or as background in my headphones while I work.

As mentioned by others, the lyrics are very cheesy, but that doesn't detract from how enjoyable the music is to listen to. Just don't let someone catch you singing the lyrics!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shot In The Arm
what I like is a band who paves their way into real rock not afraid of being dark but also take you on a musical trip
Published 23 days ago by Dennis Salerno
4.0 out of 5 stars Good retro-doom
I had never heard of the sword until they popped up on my Pandora, and I immediately liked them. Very glad to have bought this album, listened to it quite a bit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is hard and heavy!
Great riffs! Hard and fast metal with a heavy sound! This is a must have for any heavy metal fan!
Published 7 months ago by Thomas K Westphal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cd, if you feel like it.
I like this CD, it reminds me of late 80s american thrash metal but with not so great vocals. 'but Ozzy has made a career or horrible sounding vocals...' exactly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars great improvement
I've become a fan of late. Came across Warp Riders and really enjoyed it. Gave a copy to a friend who along with his 13 yr. old son liked it also. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Amercian God Father of Doom!
The new Amercian God Father of Doom! I loved them at the first listen. That alone should say a lot.
Published 11 months ago by Moe Shahriar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album- soso pressing...
This is an awesome album, but the sound quality on this pressing is a little thin... The Sword has other LP's that are fantastic... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, the vinyl is worth it
This is my favorite album by the Sword, and essential in my opinion if you're interested in modern day thrash. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars Sword is an excellent jam band...
i bought 3 Sword cds at the same time,cuz I listened to tons of stuff on youtube..then i came here to purchase,and glad i did.. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ram
4.0 out of 5 stars not your average gods
This band harkens back to the hard psychadelic rock of the mid to late 60s.But with a Black Sabbath feel.Boys arefrom Austin and maby thats why there is that mix to it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brent N. Humphrey
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