The Sword

    Age Of Winters

    7

    Distant
    are the days when the mystical lands of warriors and dragons were
    banished to dingy basements only to be divvied up between pubescent
    boys covered in acne. While those boys grew up, a whole new set of
    diversions kept those lands far less traveled, but never forgotten.
    They would remain dormant until an introduction into chemically altered
    states and shameless heavy-metal binges would produce something
    stunning. Call it stoner rock, call it doom metal, call it whatever you
    want. It has allowed many dragon slayers to gallop alongside a new
    generation of head-bangers. And with the thunder of each power chord,
    bands such as the Sword are changing all twelve sides of the dice.

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    Even
    though the members of Austin, Texas’s the Sword are new comers to the
    party, they didn’t come empty handed. The slushy grooves from this
    four-pack of solid musicians hit at just the right time. Age Of Winters
    is the kind of first impression that needs to be made when crashing a
    party that’s already jumping: heavy, bold and impressive.

     

    From the beginning of the album, it’s clear that these boys approached Age Of Winters as
    one solid piece. From the anticipation of instrumental opener
    “Celestial Crown” to the furious explosion of its counterpart,
    “Bareal’s Blade,” the album flows almost seamlessly through
    head-banging rhythms and cerebral grooves. The quartet works smoothly,
    acting as one unit to create rhythms so deep that I found myself
    sitting shotgun to their stories of battle and triumph: “Can’t you see
    what you have brought here? Many battles will be fought here. May the
    mountains rise against, may the forest stalk your path, may your
    actions dip in shadow, knowing it’s my wrath” (“Winter’s Wolves”).

     

    Far of from the kitsch that the Darkness
    imprinted on the mainstream revival of ’70s metal and not as doomful in
    tone as indie barons Mastodon, the Sword plays in it’s own world.
    Comparisons can be drawn to bands such as Wolfmother because of the
    fanciful content and pounding rhythms, but the members of the Sword
    command respect through their strong songwriting. This genre is growing
    thicker by the minute, and navigating your way through the smoke can be
    difficult, but the Sword is a worthy stop along the journey.

     

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