Jimmy Hubbard
Marc Weingarten
April 15, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gods of the Earth

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Metal

We gave it an A-

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

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