The Sword CD review by Joseph P. Larkin

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The Sword CD review by Joseph P. Larkin
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Jun 13, 2008, 05:14

The Sword - Gods of the Earth
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THE SWORD Gods of the Earth CD

Gods of the Earth, The Sword's second full-length album, starts off promisingly enough with an engaging instrumental track. Lulled into a false sense of security, the listener might become “jazzed” or even “psyched” as he or she hears this opener for the first time, thinking incorrectly that Gods will probably “rock balls.” But then the vocals kick in during the second song and everything goes to shit. Put bluntly, the vocalist of this band possesses a singing voice that can only be described as incredibly grating; even more annoying, the vocals seem to be the main focus of The Sword's music. And, of course, the lyrics are as dumb as rocks or girls who've had sex with me—to give you an idea of what I mean, I will report that Wikipedia claims the band's lyrics “often deal with Norse mythology” and goes on to explain that “several of their songs are inspired by the novels of George R.R. Martin.” Well, it at least looks like someone outgrew H.P. Lovecraft…! Anyway, it's not really necessary to list all the bands that The Sword's sound is derivative of, is it? You can probably guess, right? (Here's a hint: Tony Iommi's ghost is seemingly haunting every corner of this style of metal.) Appropriately, Gods of the Earth was released on April Fool's Day—and only a fool would like this juvenile crud. [Kemado]

-Joseph P. Larkin

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