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The Sword Gig photos and review from Birmingham England

by on Apr.06, 2008, under Metal Music News

The Sword from Austin Texas has just completed a small tour of England, the Rock3 photographer James Hope caught up with the band at the Birmingham gig and took some great shots of the band in action which can be viewed HERE:

The Sword Bio:

swordConceived in Austin, TX, THE SWORD took the form of a cohesive quartet in early 2004 when guitarist / singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo joined forces. THE SWORD’s live shows quickly became the hottest ticket in Austin, as their punishing, yet melodious compositions, mythical imagery and conscious effort to slowly immobilize audiences left music fans astonished while word about the band continued to flourish and grow. In the fall of 2005, THE SWORD found a home at Kemado Records, and their critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters was released in February 2006.

From the moment Gods of the Earth’s lead track “The Sundering” explodes, it is immediately apparent that THE SWORD has upped the ante on a sound all its own. More ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger, Gods of the Earth’s huge, mountaintop-friendly hooks, thunderous drumming and oceanic bass lines cut through the air like a scythe taking down all in the band’s path. The ominous vocals of Cronise weave fantastical tales rife with myth and mythology. Waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder dominate songs such as the immediate “Maiden, Mother & Crone”, “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, “Under the Boughs” and the paralyzing “The Black River”. Gods of the Earth instantly conveys what words can only try to describe: THE SWORD is not to be taken lightly.

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