Origin: Austin, Texas, USA  
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Last update/review: April 21, 2018

The Sword

This Austin band seems to have come out of nowhere with their 2006 debut, Age Of Winters, and have drawn several rave reviews by critics declaring this band one of those Next Big Things in metal. Stylistically, The Sword isn’t doing anything new – Black Sabbath-styled riffs are all over the place, and doom is the prime style here, albeit far removed from the 80’s-styled doom bands such as Candlemass. In general the songs are rather loose, almost a garage-y feel even though the production suggests otherwise. There are clear stoner influences on some of the more uptempo numbers, though this is not a stoner band so much as a doom band with some stonerisms, somewhat in the same ballpark as bands such as Sleep or maybe Orange Goblin. The band has taken some heat from underground fans who feel that, by quickly debuting on what is essentially a major label (Kemado is an indie, but one that is major-label-financed), they haven’t “paid their dues” (really, should this matter at all?). When all is said and done, Age Of Winters may not be the ultimate masterpiece as some say, but it’s clearly a solid 70’s-influenced doom album.

Current Members

J.D. Cronise

guitars/vocals

Kyle Shutt

guitars

Bryan Richie

bass

Santiago Vela III

drums

Former Members/Guests

Trivett Wingo

drums



Discography



Age Of Winters  
2006 Kemado
  1. Celestial Crown
  2. Barael's Blade
  3. Freya
  4. Winter's Wolves
  5. The Horned Goddess
  6. Iron Swan
  7. Lament for the Aurochs
  8. March of the Lor
  9. Ebethron
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Trivett Wingo
2006 Readers' Album #59




Gods Of The Earth  
2008 Kemado
  1. The Sundering
  2. The Frost-Giant's Daughter
  3. How Heavy This Axe
  4. Lords
  5. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
  6. To Take the Black
  7. Maiden, Mother & Crone
  8. Under the Boughs
  9. The Black River
  10. The White Sea
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Trivett Wingo
2008 Readers' Album #32




iTunes Festival - London 2010  EP
2010 iTunes
  1. Freya (Live)
  2. Arrows in the Dark (Live)
  3. Winter's Wolves (Live)
  4. To Take the Black (Live)
  5. The Horned Goddess (Live)
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Trivett Wingo



Warp Riders  
2010 Kemado
  1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
  2. Tres Brujas
  3. Arrows in the Dark
  4. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
  5. Lawless Lands
  6. Astraea's Dream
  7. The Warp Riders
  8. Night City
  9. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis
  10. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Trivett Wingo
2010 Readers' Album #49




Apocryphon  
2012 Razor & Tie
  1. The Veil of Isis
  2. Cloak of Feathers
  3. Arcane Montane
  4. The Hidden Masters
  5. Dying Earth
  6. Execrator
  7. Seven Sisters
  8. Hawks and Serpents
  9. Eyes of the Stormwitch
  10. Apocryphon
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Santiago Vela III
2012 Readers' Album #19




High Country  
2015 Razor & Tie
  1. Unicorn Farm
  2. Empty Temples
  3. High Country
  4. Tears Like Diamonds
  5. Mist And Shadow
  6. Agartha
  7. Seriously Mysterious
  8. Suffer No Fools
  9. Early Snow
  10. The Dreamthieves
  11. Buzzards
  12. Silver Petals
  13. Ghost Eye
  14. Turned To Dust
  15. The Bees Of Spring
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Santiago Vela III
2015 Readers' Album #44




Low Country  
2016 Razor & Tie
  1. Unicorn Farm
  2. Empty Temples
  3. High Country
  4. Mist & Shadow
  5. Seriously Mysterious
  6. Early Snow
  7. The Dreamthieves
  8. Buzzards
  9. Ghost Eye
  10. The Bees of Spring
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Santiago Vela III



Greetings From ...  LIVE
2017 Razor & Tie
  1. Buzzards
  2. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
  3. Maiden, Mother & Crone
  4. Tears like Diamonds
  5. Mist and Shadow
  6. Agartha
  7. Tres Brujas
  8. John the Revelator (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
  9. The Horned Goddess
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Santiago Vela III



Used Future  
2018 Razor & Tie
  1. Prelude
  2. Deadly Nightshade
  3. Twilight Sunrise
  4. The Wild Sky
  5. Intermezzo
  6. Sea of Green
  7. Nocturne
  8. Don't Get Too Comfortable
  9. Used Future
  10. Come and Gone
  11. Book of Thoth
  12. Brown Mountain
  13. Reprise
  • J.D. Cronise
  • Kyle Shutt
  • Bryan Richie
  • Santiago Vela III




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