SWORD, THE: Gods of the Earth: CD

This is pure fuggin’ godhead! Heavy metal as it is meant to be played. Definite nods to Pentagram and the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal,” but fresher than most bands attempting similar sounds today. The Sword’s debut album, Age of Winters, is flawless and continues to log the miles on my disc player. I didn’t think it possible for a follow up to be on the same level, and yet Gods of the Earth is its equal. Every song is spot on, tightly structured, and executed with white knuckled intensity. Massive wall of guitar with a heavy drum sound that literally pummels. The pacing of the songs must be commended as well. There’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. A true album and not just a random collection of songs to fill up time around a couple good tracks. There is no filler on this. Pure gold the whole way through.

 –M.Avrg (Kemado)