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Every culture has its own set of cryptic texts.
They're the forbidden tomes of wisdom which governing powers will deny knowledge of and ban. They're usually thought-provoking. They're typically dangerous. They're often revolutionary. It might seem impossible to keep anything private in the modern age of Facebook and Twitter where everyone's dirty laundry is up for a ... Read more in Amazon's The Sword Store

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Product Details

  • 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 (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,317 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.

Customer Reviews

A far more cohesive overall album.
Charles Gray
(Yes, they're just as good live as recorded) Their first album, Age of Winters didn't leave my CD player / iPod playlist for months.
TX MetalMan
If you are one the many people out there how like good metle get this album now!
C. Salliby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By k wolf on April 28, 2008
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on 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 17 people found the following review helpful By Metal By Numbers on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
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The Swords last album, "Age Of Winters" was great! It was a nice unpretentious album that brought metal back down to earth with its Sabbath inspired, retro doom sound. It was also super heavy and filled to the brim with awesome riffs!

"Gods Of The Earth" hits much the same way, only with a few key differences. The boys from Sword have gotten a little more skilled since "Age Of Winters" and it shows in the newfound complexity, leadwork, and speed of the songs. Thats both good and just a little bad.

On the good side, the riffs continue to be phenominal, and make for awesome slabs of heaviness. Even better, the new found technical skill never outshines the music itself, they're not showing off, just applying their newfound speed and tightness to the music, making the songs more complicated and little closer to thrash-metal.

On the bad side, the new, thrashier direction just emphasizes just how weak the singer is. The vocals were never great on "Age Of Winters," but the thin zombie-like vocals worked well enough on AoW because the music was a little more Sabbath than Metallica, and lord knows Ozzy never had that great of a voice.

With the new, tighter, more agressive sound, however, a tighter more agressive singer would really bring those songs to the hieghts they deserve.

But thats a minor complaint. The bottom line is this:

You probably liked the Swords debut because it brought the HEAVY and it brought the RIFFS!!!

"Gods of the Earth" does the same. So enjoy! I know I am.
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