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Apocryphon

The Sword

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Apocryphon

The Sword

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Label: Razor & Tie
Neither as stoner nor as hipster as they get pigeonholed, Austin's The Sword acknowledge metal's Sabbath and Thin Lizzy beginnings without sounding remotely retro. On their fourth album, a new drummer adds plenty of rock, skate, roll and bounce to the meaty riff duels; J.D. Cronise's multiplied singing can come off distanced, but lets up lines you'll remember in almost every song. Pick hits: Goddess epic "Cloak of Feathers"; matched dystopian-ecology eulogies "The Hidden Masters" (dirge) and "Dying Earth" (banger); staccato alien invasion "Execrator"; analog electro-blipped coda "Apocryphon."

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Neither as stoner nor as hipster as they get pigeonholed, Austin's The Sword acknowledge metal's Sabbath and Thin Lizzy beginnings without sounding remotely retro. On their fourth album, a new drummer adds plenty of rock, skate, roll and bounce to the meaty riff duels; J.D. Cronise's multiplied singing can come off distanced, but lets up lines you'll remember in almost every song. Pick hits: Goddess epic "Cloak of Feathers"; matched dystopian-ecology eulogies "The Hidden Masters" (dirge) and "Dying Earth" (banger); staccato alien invasion "Execrator"; analog electro-blipped coda "Apocryphon."

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About This Album

Neither as stoner nor as hipster as they get pigeonholed, Austin's The Sword acknowledge metal's Sabbath and Thin Lizzy beginnings without sounding remotely retro. On their fourth album, a new drummer adds plenty of rock, skate, roll and bounce to the meaty riff duels; J.D. Cronise's multiplied singing can come off distanced, but lets up lines you'll remember in almost every song. Pick hits: Goddess epic "Cloak of Feathers"; matched dystopian-ecology eulogies "The Hidden Masters" (dirge) and "Dying Earth" (banger); staccato alien invasion "Execrator"; analog electro-blipped coda "Apocryphon."