THE SWORD — Gods of the Earth

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Album · 2008

Filed under Stoner Metal
By THE SWORD

Tracklist

1. The Sundering (2:04)
2. The Frost Giant's Daughter (5:02)
3. How Heavy This Axe (3:05)
4. Lords (4:58)
5. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians (3:35)
6. To Take the Black (4:40)
7. Maiden, Mother & Crone (3:58)
8. Under the Boughs (4:59)
9. The Black River (6:12)
10. The White Sea (7:20)
11. [untitled] (2:33)

Total time 48:26

Australian bonus tracks:
12. Nasty Dogs (ZZ Top cover) (2:27)
13. The White Sea (live)

Japanese bonus tracks:
12. Sea of Spears (4:46)
13. To Take the Black (live) (4:39)
14. He's Waiting (The Sonics cover) (1:55)

Total time 59:46

Line-up/Musicians

- John "J. D." Cronise / vocals, guitars
- Kyle Shutt / guitars
- Bryan Richie / bass
- Trivett Wingo / drums

About this release

Release Date: April 1, 2008
Label: Kemado Records, Impedance Records (Aus), Toy's Factory (Japan)

Recorded in 2007 at Folkvang Studios and Premium Recording, Austin, Texas.

Released bundled with Age of Winters as a limited edition box set November 25, 2008.

Engineering: Bryan Richie, Andrew Hernandez
Mixing: Bryan Richie, Kyle Shutt, Trivett Wingo, J. D. Cronise, Andrew Hernandez
Producer: J. D. Cronise
Mastering: J. J. Golden
Artwork/Design: Geoff Kern

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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.

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