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The Sword - Age Of Winters

cbrickhouse   (1751 reviews)

Posted: 01/16/2006 | Comments: 27 | Rate:

This is simply the best album I've recieved in ages. If you can tell by the cover art, these guys play a mix of souther rock, doom, and a tiny bit of metal all blended to create a melodic andf epic masterpeice of american music that deserves a ton of fans and a few bong packs.

If Lynard Skynard, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Led Zeppilen had a a baby, that baby would be this album. heavily influenced by 60s and 70s era stoner music and southern rock, this reaks of pachuli and popping weed seeds. They manage to create a soundscape instead of an album, the tracks run seemlessly into each other and the atmosphere remains flowing instead of other albums which seem to create inconsistancy instead of fluid motion. The vocals are unique, clean vocals, no screaming, almost could be compared to Clutch but not even really that closely.

Thick deep grooves create the mainstay of the album. They start slow as mud with "Celestial Crown", the introductory peice. "Barael's Blade" and "Freya" begin to let you know how this album will take form... intricately woven music that you could listen to just sitting around the house or would love to see live. I know that after hearing this wouldn't expect anything less than magic from this band live.

Things start peaking around "The Horned Goddess", in my opinion the best single track on the album. This song will get stuck in your brain like a qurter stuck in a gumball machine. And the intensity doesn't stop their, "Iron Swan" begins with a small interlude that lures you into a moment of placency, then takes off on a Iron Maiden style trash part to get you to pay attention again.

Things wrap up with "March Of The Lor" and "Ebathron", not to be outdone by the meat of the album, and just letting your ears have it until the very end. A sonic assault has just attacked your head and you're not sure what to think besides.... start the damn cd over.

From start to finish this album will overtake your senses and impress you with musical prowess that must have taken years to craft. If you think anything about this review grabs your ears, check out the mp3's posted to figure out if i'm telling the the truth.

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Comments
east bay grease
68,058 Posts
31/M/CA
reminds me a lot of Sleep. will definitely pick this up next time I'm at a record store.
vanilla gorilla
209,555 Posts
37/M/PA
whole album is gold
Stronger than all!
4,477 Posts
34/M/PA
I love this band.
die.
747 Posts
32/M/PA
these guys are amazing!
the walking dead
201 Posts
34/M/CA
Amazing
I have no legs!
1,130 Posts
30/M/PA
This Album is so fucking good.
Whatulookinat?
3,285 Posts
32/M/NA
I don't usually listen to this type of music, but this was too good to pass up. I'll be recommending this to quite a few people.
I have no legs!
32,578 Posts
35/M/PA
Their first demo was pure Sleep. This album just sounds like Sabbath, Mastodon, and High on Fire.
Corndog McAssmuffi
2,096 Posts
30/M/OH
This is great. Very nice. Vocals took a bit of getting used to though.
drop a hard J
17,175 Posts
36/M/CA
i am definitely feeling this.
smile
2,477 Posts
17/M/NC
I fucking love this shit
I have no legs!
6,202 Posts
67/M/PA
sounds cool
goat.cx
482 Posts
11/M/CT
i approve of this band
I have no legs!
88 Posts
29/M/CA
i been trying to get more into metal, but i cant. it's just not me. i gotta give it to these guys for having mad talent, but im not feeling this.
Ms. Chapati
1 Posts
32/F/NA
Where are you guys hearing the whole album? I thought it wasnt released yet?

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