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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for the metal band from Austin, Texas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Although vocalist J.D. Cronise can't quite hit the castrato peaks of Priest frontman Rob Halford, Sword's hell-bent-for-leather propulsion ('Under the Boughs') and twisty song structures ('Lords') are more than enough to induce your ears to bleed with pleasure.
  2. From the opening preface, "The Sundering," it's apparent that Gods transcends the Sabbath worship of its contemporaries, a clearer sense of control and pacing underscoring the biblical tales of wrath and retribution.
  3. Of course, hilariously outlandish quasi-mystical song titles like 'Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperze­phyerians' probably won’t help their cause, but the progressively regressive arrangements, more skillful riffing and their relentless, groove-conscious attack will go a long way toward endearing them to serious metalheads who’ll appreciate the Sword’s obvious Sabbath, Maiden and Budgie inspiration.
  4. 70
    How scary/ridiculous the lyrics are is a matter of personal taste (or lack thereof), but it'd help if the production were more Scandinavian and less like, well, the Rocket from the Crypt rip-off band that singer/guitarist J.D. Cronise was in before he devoted his life to "Paranoid."
  5. 60
    The quartet's grandeur evokes Maiden and Priest with a hint of Thin Lizzy, yet they avoid European power metal's widdly overkill. [May 2008, p.109]
  6. When it comes to the vocals, though, Cronise never delivers on the same level as the rest of the band’s work, and the longer Gods of the Earth goes on, the more distracting this weakness becomes.
  7. For all intents and purposes, The Sword's Gods Of The Earth is the exact same album as its predecessor, "Age Of Winters." That isn't a good thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. m2ew
    Apr 9, 2008
    Old school metal is back to teach your ass a lesson.
  2. RadicalTitintus
    Apr 9, 2008
    Nice album, my ears still bleeding!
  3. JackC.
    Apr 10, 2008
    This is harder and sharper than their first album. Very cool all the way round.