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The fourth studio album from Austin, Texas’ torch-bearers of old-school heavy metal marks a second chapter. With 2012’s Apocryphon, The Sword unveils a new engine to propel the band. As their original drummer Trivett Wingo left following 2010’s intergalactic conceptual album Warp Riders, the hard-driving and ham-fisted Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III now sits behind the kit. And now signed to Razor & Tie, producer J. Robbins gives the album a slick mix while still retaining those oversaturated tones of hulking, vintage, tube amps cranked to 11. This means that even when set to a low volume, opening cut “The Veil of Isis” sill comes thundering out from your speakers like a sonic juggernaut. Built on a foundation of Sabbathian sludge, “Cloak Of Feathers” kicks out big, bludgeoning, bellbottomed riffs as J.D. Cronise muses on the majesty of womankind with soaring inflections that intersect at Ozzy Osborne’s throaty croon and Bobby Liebling doomy howl. “The Hidden Masters” works in some heavy mellowness a-la “Planet Caravan” while “Dying Earth” drops hammers like the almighty Thor.

Customer Reviews

The Sword rules

If you could ride a flying grizzly bear with chainsaw arms through an army of Hitlers, it woudlnt be nearly as awesome as this album.

Post of the year

I hope no one else reviews this album so every time someone needs to know exactly what The Sword is all about, they can just read Doo Doo Crotch's post

flying bear with chainsaw arms helper

…tag teaming with doodoo crotch's Flying Bear with Chainsaw arms is Cthulhu with giant glow in the dark Gatling gun who just so happens to have an army of fire breathing Minotaurs as his ground force. Combined with the Flying Bear with Chainsaw arms, they spread the perfect sound of The Sword to all the universes and annihilate any denouncers.


Formed: 2003 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Not to be confused with the Canadian heavy metal band from the late '80s simply named Sword, the Sword are a retro-metal four-piece hailing from -- of all places -- the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, Texas. First conceived in 2003, the Sword really hit their stride about a year later, when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much raved-about appearance at Austin's famed SXSW festival....
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Apocryphon, The Sword
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Death Metal/Black Metal, Metal
  • Released: Oct 22, 2012

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