- Audio CD (20 April 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Kemado
- ASIN: B000EMG706
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Age Of Winters
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"spirited rock power...it's a poor man who'd refuse to be won over by this call to battle." -- Mojo, June 1, 2006
"An impressive debut that as well as praying at the altar of Sabbath tips nods to such metal greats as Maiden and the unrelenting attack of the likes of Prong. Expect big things."
(#11 in "TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2006") -- Metal Hammer, January 14, 2007
"Stomping all over many of its celebrated peers, this is a miasma concocted of elements of Black Sabbath, Melvins, Slayer, Kyuss and Trouble. Huge, heavyweight anthems that plunge headlong into timeless riffery. A colossus of a record." (#6 in "Best Albums of 2006") -- Classic Rock, January 25, 2007
"Unleashing a powerful and heady brew of masterful heavy metal, THE SWORD are a mighty proposition and deserve to be heard...gigantic" (#23 in "Top 75 Albums of 2006) -- Rocksound, Janaury 1, 2007
"axe-wielding metal warriors...monolithic riffs. Simply put, these Texas-based berserkers are heavy as f*ck" -- Kerrang!, April 12, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
Well, The Sword definitely does have the same kind of sound -- blazing stoner-metal with an unstoppable sound, mingled with some impressive riffs and almost unhearable vocals. And as "Age of Winters'" title might imply, it's fueled with some Norse legend, fantasy trappings, and a fire-and-ice vibe.
It opens with a thick, sludgy riff that sounds like it's feeling out the directions it could go in, and gets joined with some simmering basslines. The whole thing eventually shapes itself into a building, powerful mountain of swirling stoner riffs -- in under two minutes.
Then The Sword really blossoms with "Barael's Blade," a driving heavy rocker with frenetic riffs every few seconds. "Forged by the crow-mage from shards of darkness/honed by the halfbreed to vorpal sharpness... fragments of bore infused with purest steel/a warrior's hand and a wizard's mind to wield!" J.D. Cronise yowls passionately.
And it doesn't slow down with the songs that follow -- stormy twisting metal, slow buildups to staticky wild hard-rock, mythic expanses of sputtering bass. And in the second half, they relax a little, with a stately folky-medieval intro to "Iron Swan," the cascading "Lament For The Aurochs," and two kinetic final songs -- one a blazing fiery story-song, and the reluctant "Ebethron." It sounds like they hated to stop.
"Age of Winters" is a bit tough to really classify. Seriously, it's all about fire, ice and blood -- we've got Norse goddesses, wizards, savage wolves, Valkyries, magic swords, terrible warriors, and eight-piece instrumentals all about the march of the "Lor" (whatever that is).Read more ›
I want to talk about the album's positives firstly, as it does have some good things going. There are some songs here where the band really hit the nail, instantly recalling their classic metal and stoner influences. For example, the opening two cuts, "Celestial Crown" and "Barael's Blade" are powerful and give the album a thundering start. "The Horned Goddess" and "Iron Swan" make for a fantastic middle section, the latter being one of the best metal songs I have heard in a while. These songs are what the band should be doing all the time. Chopping and changing doom riffs, classic metal solos, big grooves etc. The backing band is superb in full flight.
Unfortunately, the band does not always deliver this. The songs I mentioned earlier showcase such penetrating riffs and writing that the utterly annoying singer's vocals are no longer important. I am able to zone out and soak up the excellent instrumentation, something I cannot do in other songs. Whoever said this guy sounds like a modern day Ozzy is talking out of their sphincter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow what an album! Perfect for those who love Sabbath, Kyuss, Metallica And Fu Manchu (I could go on). Read morePublished 7 months ago by snaky352000
Excellent catchy riffs, Winters Wolves is worth the purchase alone.Published 17 months ago by Russell Tearle
Old School Metal with a modern twist. Music that goes somewhere and tells a story. The contents live up to the excellent cover artwork.Published on 2 May 2013 by Hanzler
As I've said: Pretty good! It rocks good in a kind of old school way. Nice for a modern band who has it's heroes.Published on 20 Jan. 2011 by Musick
Traditionally, the marriage of metal and classical music conjures unpleasant images of bloated Prog Rock excess or over-indulgent misadventures (such as Metallica's somewhat... Read morePublished on 26 July 2006 by Ady