Retroactive Classic: The Sword 'Age Of Winters'
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:51:51
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Austin, TX rock band's first epic is basically like Game of Thrones for your ears.
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The Sword's Age of Winters is our Retroactive Classic for the week. Right now, the group is gearing up to release its fifth full-length album, High Country, out August 21 via Razor & Tie. They've continually evolved and progressed, undoubtedly yielding what will be regarded as their best work to date and a standout for this year. We can confidently assure you of that. It rocks, and you should be very excited to visit High Country when the time comes. However, we wanted to take a look back at their very first offering, Age Of Winters. It's what kicked this entire journey off, and it continues to warrant attention—louder than ever.
Back in 2006 when it dropped, the world hadn't heard of Ghost B.C. yet, and the underground resurgence of this raw melodic rock echoing the seventies just hadn't happened. Hard rock was steeped in the throes of mashing metal and hardcore, and OZZfest was the summer attraction. There was no Mayhem Festival even! These days we've got Uncle Acid & the deadbeats and many other great drawing from this well that Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath first dug. However, it was The Sword who really kicked off the rock movement we see now of band's embracing the timeless framework and then expanding it for a new generation.
Age Of Winters sounded fresh from the moment it arrived. It still does to this day. The record stormed the castle with a barrage of powerfully passionate riffs, soulful vocals, and bombastic rhythms. Lyrically, it painted a vivid cinematic picture that instantly captivated with its own lore. "Bareal's Blade" saw singer and guitarist J.D. Cronise carry a massive refrain and then drop it like a guillotine as he and Kyle Shutt locked into masterful six-string interplay. Bryan Richie's potent bass wallop really connected too. "Iron Swan" began with a medieval-style march and melody that quickly turned into a bluesy stomp with the right amount of thrashed-up power, and "Lament For The Aurochs" nearly reached eight minutes with its blissfully brilliant crescendo.
Watch the Video for "Winter's Wolves"