THE SWORD
Stoner Metal / Non-Metal • United States

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
THE SWORD picture
US band THE SWORD was assembled on the initiative of composer J. D. Cronise (vocals, guitars) in 2003, with Kyle Shutt (guitars) and Trivett Wingo (drums) hooking up with Cronise the same year, while Bryan Riche (bass) followed in 2004. They had their live début on March 18th of 2004, and shortly after released their first demo tape, "The Sword".

A gig at the important South by Southwest festival landed the band a contract with New York-based label Kemado Records, and shortly after they hit the studio.

In February 2006 the result of these studio sessions was issued as "Age of Winters", a production first and foremost assembled by compositions penned by Cronise prior to the formation of The Sword. Extensive gigging followed to promote the, with concerts in Europe and Japan besides their native US, opening for bands such as Lacuna Coil, Lamb of God and Clutch. This was very
read more...
Thanks to windhawk, Pekka, tupan, adg211288 for the updates

THE SWORD MP3, Free Download/Stream

No THE SWORD MP3s available for streaming.

THE SWORD Online Videos

No THE SWORD online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy THE SWORD music

Amazon (logo)
Warp Riders [LP]Warp Riders [LP]
Caroline 2010
Vinyl$16.09
$12.99 (used)
Age of Winters [Vinyl]Age of Winters [Vinyl]
Caroline 2006
Vinyl$16.07
$18.85 (used)
Gods of the EarthGods of the Earth
Caroline 2008
Audio CD$4.64
$2.47 (used)
ApocryphonApocryphon
Razor & Tie 2012
Audio CD$7.79
$4.95 (used)
Greetings From. [LP]Greetings From. [LP]
Razor & Tie 2017
Vinyl$7.57
$21.26 (used)
High CountryHigh Country
Razor & Tie 2015
Audio CD$8.98
$4.50 (used)
Low CountryLow Country
Razor & Tie 2016
Audio CD$8.99
$6.83 (used)
Showing 7 items | Cache expiring in 14h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
The Sword Gods Of Earth LP vinyl + Download code The Sword Gods Of Earth LP vinyl + Download code USD $19.33 Buy It Now 2h 11m
Apocryphon (Deluxe Version), The Sword, Good Apocryphon (Deluxe Version), The Sword, Good USD $15.36 Buy It Now 2h 48m
Svärdet i stenen THE SWORD IN THE STONE lp SWEDISH DISNEYLAND 2466 112 SWEDEN Svärdet i stenen THE SWORD IN THE STONE lp SWEDISH DISNEYLAND 2466 112 SWEDEN USD $15.99 Buy It Now 3h
D.C. Lacroix Livin By The Sword vinyl LP NEW sealed D.C. Lacroix Livin By The Sword vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $32.46 Buy It Now 4h
AHMED ABDUL FATTAH - THE SWORD DANCE [DIGIPAK] USED - VERY GOOD CD AHMED ABDUL FATTAH - THE SWORD DANCE [DIGIPAK] USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $10.54 Buy It Now 4h
The Baker Family-Old Civilizations Put to the Sword  CD NEW The Baker Family-Old Civilizations Put to the Sword CD NEW USD $12.80 Buy It Now 4h
CABARET VOLTAIRE - THE COVENANT, THE SWORD AND THE ARM OF THE LORD USED - VERY G CABARET VOLTAIRE - THE COVENANT, THE SWORD AND THE ARM OF THE LORD USED - VERY G USD $11.84 Buy It Now 5h
Music From The Motion Picture : The Sword CD Music From The Motion Picture : The Sword CD USD $5.99 Buy It Now 5h
AHMED ABDUL FATTAH - THE SWORD DANCE [DIGIPAK] NEW CD AHMED ABDUL FATTAH - THE SWORD DANCE [DIGIPAK] NEW CD USD $24.51 Buy It Now 6h
THE SWORD (TEXAS) - APOCRYPHON NEW CD THE SWORD (TEXAS) - APOCRYPHON NEW CD USD $17.26 Buy It Now 7h
CABARET VOLTAIRE - THE COVENANT, THE SWORD AND THE ARM OF THE LORD NEW CD CABARET VOLTAIRE - THE COVENANT, THE SWORD AND THE ARM OF THE LORD NEW CD USD $15.17 Buy It Now 7h
The Sword and the Crown (CD, May-2002, Rondo Grammofon) The Sword and the Crown (CD, May-2002, Rondo Grammofon) USD $6.97 Buy It Now 8h
DOOM Side of the Moon - Blue Vinyl Record LP - Cassette - The Sword, Pink Floyd DOOM Side of the Moon - Blue Vinyl Record LP - Cassette - The Sword, Pink Floyd USD $60.00 (1 bids)
8h
The Sword And The Dagger - Order Of Apollyon EU CD Sealed The Sword And The Dagger - Order Of Apollyon EU CD Sealed USD $12.74 Buy It Now 9h
Heralds of the Sword-Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sword Sworn  CD NEW Heralds of the Sword-Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sword Sworn CD NEW USD $18.43 Buy It Now 14h
Petra Luna-The `At War` Collection, Part 2, Angels of the Sword - EP  CD NEW Petra Luna-The `At War` Collection, Part 2, Angels of the Sword - EP CD NEW USD $10.71 Buy It Now 19h
The Sword High Country 12 The Sword High Country 12" 2LP Album Picture Disc RSD BLACK FRIDAY 2015 USD $49.01 Buy It Now 20h
The Sword/Witchcraft Split 12 The Sword/Witchcraft Split 12" [EP] 2007 Purple Vinyl NM! USD $25.99 (1 bids)
23h
ECHOWOOD - Dominion Of The Sword - Vinyl (7 ECHOWOOD - Dominion Of The Sword - Vinyl (7") USD $15.13 Buy It Now 1 day
D.C. Lacroix - Livin' By the Sword [New Vinyl] D.C. Lacroix - Livin' By the Sword [New Vinyl] USD $19.63 Buy It Now 1 day
THE SWORD High Country 2x LP RSD Black Friday NEW picture disc THE SWORD High Country 2x LP RSD Black Friday NEW picture disc USD $35.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Pokemon the Movie Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice Music Collection Soundtrack CD Pokemon the Movie Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice Music Collection Soundtrack CD USD $43.75 Buy It Now 1 day
Exmortus - Slave to the Sword EU CD SEALED W-9830 Exmortus - Slave to the Sword EU CD SEALED W-9830 USD $1.99 (0 bids)
1 day
Exmortus Slave To The Sword vinyl LP NEW sealed Exmortus Slave To The Sword vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $37.21 Buy It Now 1 day
Sword, The Sword - Sweet Dreams [New CD] Sword, The Sword - Sweet Dreams [New CD] USD $14.37 Buy It Now 1 day
FREE US SHIP. on ANY 2 CDs! NEW CD The Sword: Gods of the Earth FREE US SHIP. on ANY 2 CDs! NEW CD The Sword: Gods of the Earth USD $11.77 Buy It Now 1 day
The Sword 10 The Sword 10" Vinyl Picture Disc Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians Doom USD $30.00 (0 bids)
1 day
THE SWORD - APOCRYPHON (Like New CD / RAZOR & TIE RECORDS) THE SWORD - APOCRYPHON (Like New CD / RAZOR & TIE RECORDS) USD $5.98 (0 bids)
1 day
Torche Torche "Harmonslaught" 7" OOP NM Sleep Isis Jesu The Sword Pelican USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE SWORD 12 THE SWORD 12" New Purple Marble vinyl LP AGE OF WINTERS record album USD $27.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Exmortus - Slave To The Sword (NEW CD) Exmortus - Slave To The Sword (NEW CD) USD $13.84 Buy It Now 1 day
THE SWORD ***Age of Winters **BRAND NEW RECORD LP VINYL THE SWORD ***Age of Winters **BRAND NEW RECORD LP VINYL USD $16.98 Buy It Now 2 days
CONSORT - BY THE SWORD DIVIDED 1983 BBC RECORDS FROM THE TV SHOW CONSORT - BY THE SWORD DIVIDED 1983 BBC RECORDS FROM THE TV SHOW USD $3.21 (0 bids)
2 days
Daniel / Lee,Sam Pemberton - King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword / O.S. [Vinyl New] Daniel / Lee,Sam Pemberton - King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword / O.S. [Vinyl New] USD $31.42 Buy It Now 2 days
Sword, The Sword - Metalized [New CD] Canada - Import Sword, The Sword - Metalized [New CD] Canada - Import USD $36.01 Buy It Now 2 days
Sword, The Sword - Metalized [New CD] Canada - Import Sword, The Sword - Metalized [New CD] Canada - Import USD $14.41 Buy It Now 2 days
KYUSS --- Giant Backpatch Back Patch / Fu Manchu Truckfighters Clutch The Sword KYUSS --- Giant Backpatch Back Patch / Fu Manchu Truckfighters Clutch The Sword USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
The Sword - Age Of Winters (NEW 12 The Sword - Age Of Winters (NEW 12" VINYL LP) USD $21.90 Buy It Now 2 days
The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord by Cabaret Voltaire (Vinyl,... The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord by Cabaret Voltaire (Vinyl,... USD $24.25 Buy It Now 3 days
Cabaret Voltaire vinyl LP  record The Covenant The Sword And The ... UK Cabaret Voltaire vinyl LP record The Covenant The Sword And The ... UK USD $20.56 Buy It Now 3 days
Soundwave 2011 - iron maiden , the sword , murderdolls  2 cd set Mint (unplayed) Soundwave 2011 - iron maiden , the sword , murderdolls 2 cd set Mint (unplayed) USD $1.92 Buy It Now 3 days
The Sword, Sword - Gods of the Earth [New CD] UK - Import The Sword, Sword - Gods of the Earth [New CD] UK - Import USD $13.21 Buy It Now 3 days
The Sword, Sword - Gods of the Earth [New CD] UK - Import The Sword, Sword - Gods of the Earth [New CD] UK - Import USD $13.65 Buy It Now 3 days
THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER DAVID WHITAKER 82' VARESE NM THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER DAVID WHITAKER 82' VARESE NM USD $21.98 Buy It Now 3 days
The Covenant The Sword and the Arm of the Lord, New The Covenant The Sword and the Arm of the Lord, New USD $17.22 Buy It Now 3 days
THE SWORD (the night the sky cried) tears of fire. 1st prs 10 THE SWORD (the night the sky cried) tears of fire. 1st prs 10" hexagon pic disc USD $29.63 Buy It Now 3 days
THE SWORD age of winters. usa 1st press Kemado lp 2006. sealed!! THE SWORD age of winters. usa 1st press Kemado lp 2006. sealed!! USD $23.19 Buy It Now 3 days
EXMORTUS  EXMORTUS "Slave To The Sword" (VINYL LP) THRASH DEATH TECH (Brand New) USD $23.74 Buy It Now 3 days
LP D C LACROIX LIVIN' BY THE SWORD 2199-1 MEDUSA EU PRESS NEAR MINT LP D C LACROIX LIVIN' BY THE SWORD 2199-1 MEDUSA EU PRESS NEAR MINT USD $29.99 Buy It Now 3 days
High Country By The SWORD  2XLP PICTURE DISC + John The Revelator 7 High Country By The SWORD 2XLP PICTURE DISC + John The Revelator 7" RSD USD $45.09 Buy It Now 3 days
The Sword - Greetings From... (NEW CD) The Sword - Greetings From... (NEW CD) USD $15.45 Buy It Now 3 days
ORDER OF APOLLYON, The - The Sword & The Dagger - Vinyl (limited LP) ORDER OF APOLLYON, The - The Sword & The Dagger - Vinyl (limited LP) USD $29.11 Buy It Now 3 days
The Sword - Age Of Winters (NEW CD) The Sword - Age Of Winters (NEW CD) USD $14.49 Buy It Now 4 days
D C LACROIX D C LACROIX "LIVIN' BY THE SWORD" 88 MEDUSA RECORDS 72199-1 HEAVY METAL EX/NM LP USD $14.99 Buy It Now 4 days
The Sword ‎- Age Of Winters CD - Sealed Stoner Doom Thrash Metal CLASSIC The Sword ‎- Age Of Winters CD - Sealed Stoner Doom Thrash Metal CLASSIC USD $11.99 Buy It Now 4 days
DC LACROIX: LIVIN' BY THE SWORD CASSETTE FEMALE FRONTED HEAVY METAL DC LACROIX: LIVIN' BY THE SWORD CASSETTE FEMALE FRONTED HEAVY METAL USD $12.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Unknown Artist : By the Sword: A Repairman Jack novel (Re CD Unknown Artist : By the Sword: A Repairman Jack novel (Re CD USD $5.65 Buy It Now 4 days
John Swenning : The Sword CD John Swenning : The Sword CD USD $5.99 Buy It Now 4 days
The Sword, Sword - Warp Riders PROMO [Like New CD] The Sword, Sword - Warp Riders PROMO [Like New CD] USD $8.50 Buy It Now 4 days
HAMELL ON TRIAL - Chord Is Mightier Than the Sword - ** Very Good Condition ** HAMELL ON TRIAL - Chord Is Mightier Than the Sword - ** Very Good Condition ** USD $16.49 Buy It Now 4 days
DIO MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD 2 CD SET DJ / RADIO PROMOTIONAL MADE DIO MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD 2 CD SET DJ / RADIO PROMOTIONAL MADE USD $39.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Sword, The Sword - Best of [New CD] Canada - Import Sword, The Sword - Best of [New CD] Canada - Import USD $15.77 Buy It Now 4 days
Sword, The Sword - Best of [New CD] Canada - Import Sword, The Sword - Best of [New CD] Canada - Import USD $31.51 Buy It Now 4 days
Cabaret Voltaire ‎The Covenant The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord LP Vinyl NM Cabaret Voltaire ‎The Covenant The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord LP Vinyl NM USD $34.79 Buy It Now 4 days
CONSORT-By The Sword Divided-7 CONSORT-By The Sword Divided-7" Vinyl Single 45rpm Record-BBC-RESL137-1983 USD $9.01 Buy It Now 5 days
Stainlesz  Ruller Of The Sword RARE PRIVATE 7 Stainlesz Ruller Of The Sword RARE PRIVATE 7" warlord omen cirith ungol USD $19.99 Buy It Now 5 days
THE SWORD high country 2LP LP PICTURE DISC SET 2015 Razor & Tie RSD mint THE SWORD high country 2LP LP PICTURE DISC SET 2015 Razor & Tie RSD mint USD $28.00 Buy It Now 5 days
King Arthur: Legend of The Sword: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Audio CD) King Arthur: Legend of The Sword: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Audio CD) USD $20.55 Buy It Now 5 days
David Whitaker David Whitaker "The Sword & The Sorcerer" OST LP 1982 USD $9.99 (0 bids)
5 days
The Sword The Sword "Gods of the Earth" LP Sealed Mastodon Metallica Baroness USD $49.99 Buy It Now 5 days
The Sword – Gods Of The Earth LP New Sealed The Sword – Gods Of The Earth LP New Sealed USD $24.99 Buy It Now 5 days
NEW The Covenant The Sword and the Arm of the Lord (Vinyl) NEW The Covenant The Sword and the Arm of the Lord (Vinyl) USD $41.93 Buy It Now 5 days
THE SWORD (TEXAS) - Warp Riders - CD ** Brand New ** THE SWORD (TEXAS) - Warp Riders - CD ** Brand New ** USD $22.95 Buy It Now 5 days
The Sword - John The Revelator 7 The Sword - John The Revelator 7" Single RSD 2016 Razor & Tie Records 82286-7 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
THE SWORD APOCRYPHON BRAND NEW SEALED CD THE SWORD APOCRYPHON BRAND NEW SEALED CD USD $11.53 Buy It Now 5 days
~COVER ART MISSING~ The Sword CD Gods of the Earth ~COVER ART MISSING~ The Sword CD Gods of the Earth USD $4.77 Buy It Now 5 days
THE SWORD - GREETINGS FROM...   CD NEW+ THE SWORD - GREETINGS FROM... CD NEW+ USD $21.86 Buy It Now 5 days
DANIEL PEMBERTON -KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) CD NEW+ DANIEL PEMBERTON -KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) CD NEW+ USD $23.04 Buy It Now 5 days
Pokemon Movie Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice Music Collection Soundtrack CD New Pokemon Movie Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice Music Collection Soundtrack CD New USD $53.00 Buy It Now 5 days
THE SWORD (TEXAS) - Gods Of The Earth - CD ** Brand New ** THE SWORD (TEXAS) - Gods Of The Earth - CD ** Brand New ** USD $16.49 Buy It Now 6 days
7'' Vinyl Single - Consort ‎– By The Sword Divided - Theme From B.B.C. TV Series 7'' Vinyl Single - Consort ‎– By The Sword Divided - Theme From B.B.C. TV Series USD $5.14 Buy It Now 6 days
The Sword The Sword "Hammer of Heaven" Pic Disc 7" OOP Metallica Sleep Mastodon USD $34.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Voice of the Turtle-The Sword of the Dove: A Judeo-Spanish Purim Fantasia CD NEW Voice of the Turtle-The Sword of the Dove: A Judeo-Spanish Purim Fantasia CD NEW USD $17.30 Buy It Now 6 days
The Sword/Witchcraft split 12in purple vinyl. Limited Edition The Sword/Witchcraft split 12in purple vinyl. Limited Edition USD $69.99 Buy It Now 6 days
The Sword and the Sorcerer soundtrack CD by David Whitaker The Sword and the Sorcerer soundtrack CD by David Whitaker USD $15.00 Buy It Now 6 days
THE SWORD (TEXAS) - GODS OF THE EARTH NEW CD THE SWORD (TEXAS) - GODS OF THE EARTH NEW CD USD $10.91 Buy It Now 6 days
RARE Kemado Cd sampler SEALED  The Sword Dungen Vietnam Thrash Doom metal  RARE Kemado Cd sampler SEALED The Sword Dungen Vietnam Thrash Doom metal USD $10.00 (0 bids)
6 days
THE SWORD - GREETINGS FROM...(VINYL)   VINYL LP NEW+ THE SWORD - GREETINGS FROM...(VINYL) VINYL LP NEW+ USD $44.32 Buy It Now 6 days
Summoner Beyond The Realm Of Light LP Splatter Vinyl OBI Sleep The Sword Elder Summoner Beyond The Realm Of Light LP Splatter Vinyl OBI Sleep The Sword Elder USD $34.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Summoner Beyond The Realm Of Light LP Purple Vinyl Sleep The Sword Elder ASG Summoner Beyond The Realm Of Light LP Purple Vinyl Sleep The Sword Elder ASG USD $29.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Exmortus - Slave to the Sword [New Vinyl LP] Exmortus - Slave to the Sword [New Vinyl LP] USD $17.52 Buy It Now 7 days
THE SWORD - Warp Riders #'d Edition 2010 SPACE METAL STONER ROCK (LP) THE SWORD - Warp Riders #'d Edition 2010 SPACE METAL STONER ROCK (LP) USD $39.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Showing all 100 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com

More places to buy metal & THE SWORD music

THE SWORD Discography

THE SWORD albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.20 | 9 ratings
Age of Winters
Stoner Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.45 | 9 ratings
Gods of the Earth
Stoner Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 4.48 | 7 ratings
Warp Riders
Stoner Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Apocryphon
Stoner Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
High Country
Stoner Metal 2015
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Low Country
Non-Metal 2016

THE SWORD EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witchcraft / The Sword
Stoner Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire
Stoner Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cold Sweat / Year Long Disaster
Stoner Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
iTunes Festival: London 2010
Stoner Metal 2010

THE SWORD live albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greetings From...
Stoner Metal 2017

THE SWORD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Age of Winters
Stoner Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2004
Stoner Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Stoner Metal 2005

THE SWORD re-issues & compilations

THE SWORD singles (8)

.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Freya
Stoner Metal 2007
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
Stoner Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Maiden, Mother, & Crone
Stoner Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 1 ratings
Tres Brujas
Stoner Metal 2010
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hammer of Heaven
Stoner Metal 2012
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hidden Masters / Arcane Montane
Stoner Metal 2014
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
High Country
Stoner Metal 2015
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
John the Revelator
Stoner Metal 2016

THE SWORD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

THE SWORD Reviews

THE SWORD Warp Riders

Album · 2010 · Stoner Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
On Warp Riders, the Sword shift their lyrical outlook to embrace cosmic SFnal concepts whilst they musically stay on a broadly stoner rock-oriented trajectory. Continuing their efforts to move beyond the Black Sabbath-inspired sound of their debut album, this time around they draw on a broader hard rock palette of influences - I personally detect more than a little Uriah Heep here and there. Cronise and Shutt do their usual excellent job on the riffs, and whilst it isn't a release which is dripping with originality and doesn't grip me to the same extent that Gods of the Earth did, it's still a strong entry in the Sword discography.

THE SWORD Apocryphon

Album · 2012 · Stoner Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Conor Fynes
'Apocryphon' - The Sword (6/10)

Something I’ll never quite be able to understand is the fascination with the throwback riff metal sound. Although I’m as much a fan of Black Sabbath as the next guy, the idea of taking the sound of the 1970’s and reviving it forty years after the fact has rarely appealed to my taste as a listener. Mind you, as this sort of music goes, The Sword have long been at the top of their class. With each album leading up to “Apocryphon”, they have managed to up their game somehow, whether it was through developments in their style or improvements in the way they brought their retro-rock to the recorded medium. On “Apocryphon”, this experience and momentum has certainly paid off, and as a result, it’s one of the tightest-sounding records you’re bound to hear this year. Sadly, The Sword fail to back up their expert craft with the sort of innovation I’d hope for from a band with such a bold reputation. For the listener looking for some swell riffs and rich guitar tones, “Apocryphon” is ideal. Regardless, I’m left feeling a little underwhelmed.

First, I’d like to say that The Sword are masters when it comes to the execution and presentation of their product. In both the production- which is organic and expertly mixed- and the gorgeously psychedelic artwork, The Sword have a perfect frame to present their tunes through. Although the studio has translated the gritty guitar distortion into something very clean-cut, there’s no shortage of heaviness in their riffs. The drums and bass are equally powerful, with Santiago Vela’s percussion coming across as especially impressive. Stylistically, I found myself almost instantly reminded of Black Sabbath, as if “Apocryphon” was picking up where the first three or four Sabbath albums left off. There’s tons of Iommi worship in these riffs, although the heaviness is offset by a moderately psychedelic atmosphere and extremely melodic set of clean vocals, both reminiscent of where Mastodon took their sound last year with “The Hunter”. Although the riffs tend to stick to the bluesy pentatonic realm of classic metal canon, there’s plenty of meaty energy behind each lick and power chord.

Of course, The Sword are not the only ones who have narrowed in on this particular way of doing things. Although it’s been executed with excellence, there’s little else about “Apocryphon” that helps it stand above the hordes of other stoner metal records out on the market. Although “Cloak of Feathers” and the closing title track each distinguish themselves for their strength of songwriting, the songs on “Apocryphon” tend to rehash the same increasingly tired tricks. Granted, there are a few curveballs thrown along the way- I definitely wasn’t expecting a synth intro to the closer!- but The Sword’s songwriting generally tends to play it safe, eschewing any sort of intent to grow beyond what they have done on albums past.

Although the album seems to trail off anti-climactically, therein lies one of The Sword’s most brilliant ideas on “Apocryphon”: it feels the structural intention of the album is to listen to it on cyclical repeat, rather than an ordinary ‘start-to-finish’ affair. With the band playing the album tracks in reverse live and certain lyrics (“The serpent eats its tail”) as clues, The Sword seem to have very subtly incorporated a conceptual element to the album. Of course, it may simply be e looking for an added layer of cohesiveness in an album that feels lacking something important. In spite of its killer production values and impressive musicianship, “Apocryphon” feels bland, and in need of something to break the blues riff-induced monotony. It makes for an enjoyable afternoon, but I think some innovation to the style could have made the album great.

THE SWORD Gods of the Earth

Album · 2008 · Stoner Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
The Sword's first album was a solid piece of throwback metal; the very capable followup, Gods of the Earth, is a crushing stoner metal classic which manages to sound simultaneously ancient and modern. On the one hand, the recording and compositional approach taken here clearly draws on both the bands and the general thematic moods of the 1970s metal scene, whilst on the other hand they are no longer out to merely mimic old bands but seem determined to carve out their own sound. Raucous, rowdy, and fast, this is almost outside of the doom metal category altogether were it not for a few slow and punishing riffs here and there. Recommended for any doom or stoner metal fans who like a big dose of proto-metal on the side.

THE SWORD Age of Winters

Album · 2006 · Stoner Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
The Sword's debut album Age of Winters is a credible piece of retrogressive doom metal which will please most fans of Black Sabbath, Budgie and other early practitioners of doomy, fuzzed-out proto-metal. The band's dual guitar lineup allows them to add a bit more complexity to their material, so the end result, whilst quite true to their influences, also sounds different enough to give them their own musical niche and an appeal which extends beyond the mere nostalgia which less capable retro-doom bands sometimes slip into pandering to. As evidence that this style of proto-metal has a future decades after its original inception, Age of Winters is compelling stuff.

THE SWORD Movies Reviews

No THE SWORD movie reviews posted yet.

THE SWORD Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Rising Traditional heavy metal
RAINBOW
Buy this album from our partners
Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
SLAYER
Buy this album from our partners
Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Live 2017 Atmospheric Black Metal
LAUXNOS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Song of Solitude Atmospheric Black Metal
LAUXNOS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Alba Symphonic Metal
SLEEPING ROMANCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Darkness of Eternity Power Metal
AMBERIAN DAWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lionheart Power Metal
SERENITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online