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Gods of the Earth

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0014DC0R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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. We don't need more Ozzys stumbling and mumbling their way through albums. That's awful.

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

Solid album.
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As many great albums The Sword has come out with before and after this album, this is the best. I often find myself comparing the rest of their work to this album as a sort of standard. The guitar work is incredible and the vocals are just as good.
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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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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..Althought this cd isnt as cool as warp riders cd,it has some gems on it(mother maiden,crone)...apochryphon is another great cd ..and warpriders,my personal fave..
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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.If you like old Sabbath and acid rock of the 60s give it a sample.
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I did not expect it to be this good. I bought this after Warp Riders which was excellent so I bought their previous release and was amazed. These guys are keeping true metal alive. If you like kick a-- metal without harsh vocals then I recommend this album.
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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. Not the kind of album you'd listen to over and over every day and never get bored of, so only 4 stars. But I really like it and I'd highly recommend any metal fans, and especially those who like old school sabbath style heavy metal, to pick it up.
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