Music

The Sword

(Jimmy Hubbard)

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Gods of the Earth

Genre: Metal

The Sword emerge from the lumbering sludge of Black Sabbath-style ’70s metal that defined their debut, Age of Winters. Now worshipping at the ’80s altar of Judas Priest, the foursome crafts steely guitar-monies for Arthurian epics like ”Maiden, Mother & Crone” on Gods of the Earth. Although vocalist J.D. Cronise can’t quite hit the castrato peaks of Priest frontman Rob Halford, Sword’s hell-bent-for-leather propulsion (”Under the Boughs”) and twisty song structures (”Lords”) are more than enough to induce your ears to bleed with pleasure. A-
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ''Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians'' on the Sword’s MySpace page

Originally posted April 15 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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