With their follow up to thier debut Age of Winters, The Sword are back to give us that onslaught of Old School Metal on their sophomore album,Gods Of The Earth. The album starts off with the instrumental acoustic followed by the chugging of metal guitars on The Sundering, but deep within is an older classic metal sound. The harmonizied gutiars follow into the almost Metallica-driven sound of How Heavy This Axe.
To Take The Black is the classic early metal definition sound on the album. This song could be one of those songs featured in the Guitar Hero game. The break down in the middle especially with the acoustic guitar lead breakdown. This song is perfect for he expert mode and displays the guitarists John D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt´s true ability to rock. The musicianship overall is outstanding accompanied by bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo.
The one downfall is that many of the songs on the album sound familiar to one another. The main thing with the album is the tones are pretty exact on each song which is cool but in part due to the songs sounding very similar. From the sound of things thjough, it looks like thats they way it was intended. This will definitely please the mind of old school metal fans as the vocals arent too melodic they more or less just go with the music as in the older metal.
The musicians on the album are very well produced. The main thing I was looking for on the album was diversity. The songs seem to blend too much and there are no difference between the songs unless the song ends and another one starts. After a while they start to run into each other. The guitars on the album are very raw and the production is very minimal. The album sounds like it could be from the 80´s metal scene. The good thing is you dont see too many bands like this nowadays so its cool that The Sword are here. I think the music genre needs a group like this as they give us hope the old school is still around and bands cant still do it. Some resemblance from bands like Megadeath, Helmet, Metallica, Seemeless, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolfmother, and Dio.