The Sword – Age of Winters

ARTIST: The Sword 220px-TheSword_AgeOfWinters
TITLE: Age of Winters
YEAR RELEASED: 2006
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Freya
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You may have heard Barael’s Blade and Iron Swan on American Dad!
LINEUP: JD Cronise, Kyle Shutt, Bryan Richie, Trivett Wingo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Metal band combines the doom of Sabbath using twin guitars and modern production to make a sludgy feast.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With guitars detuned, riffs coming at you from every direction and tempos below the breakneck speed of thrash (heck sometimes at mid-tempo), the Sword’s debut made an impact in the metal scene.

The sound is a throwback, with emphasis on the power of the dropped tuning guitar and the heavy riffs resulting from that. Guitarists Cronise and Shutt work well as a tandem, adding the right textures to their riffs and the solos, which fit with the song and aren’t flashy for flash’s sake.

There’s some really great riffs all throughout. The main issue is that the songs are all very similar at times, and a lot of that is due to Cronise’s vocals. They’re pretty much all in the same range and the melodies are very similar. He’s not a shreiker by any means. Yet, this is a guitar band though, and the doomy riffs are the thing that keeps you coming back.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Freya was also released on an EP in 2005 that resulted in the band being signed.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In Japan there are three bonus tracks.

GRADE: B+: I could listened to the doomy riffs all day, but the vocals need to get out of a rut.

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