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Vinyl, October 22, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Don't let the unobtrusive synthesizers and Gnostic lyrics fool you, this is still the best orc-killing music being made.
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.Read more ›
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This album was much better than I expected. They have become one of my favorite bands now.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great album to add to the collection. Got it when it was free.Published 2 months ago by Damage Inc XLE
I do not like to write reviews for music, as it's too subjective and I got a ton of albums from Amazon and have not listed to all of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Cameron
It was free, but I would have paid twice as much. Melt your face off rock!Published 3 months ago by ROTJob
I love this band, and this is my favorite. There is not a bad note on this cd!Published 5 months ago by Saint Wicked