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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.Read more ›
The guitars rip balls and the music is mostly rad too. Some of the vocals aren't that bad but honestly a lot of these bands that are from overseas sound pretty similiar, they're speaking english as a 2nd language probably better than most americans speak english so you have to forgive them. Ame-li-ca! :O
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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Production is very weak... drums sound like suitcases and the cymbals are super high in the mix and ring out forever. These flaws overshadow an otherwise good album.Published 1 month ago by ZK
Musically talented with tracks like the Frost Giant's Daughter and How Heavy This Axe invoking Frazetta imagery.Published 8 months ago by Andrew D.
Ah, yes, the cymbal album. That's all I can think of when I hear this. Besides the cymbals, it doesn't sound as good as AOW. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Home Slice
love this album! every song is great, which is necessary when buying a vinyl record. Looks cool, came very well packaged. and this is a great price for a vinyl! Thanks SWORD!!Published 11 months ago by ccc_wood