The Sword
Age of Winters


3.5
great

Review

by Wemo USER (7 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2007 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


-The Sword
-Age Of Winters

Age Of Winters is all around a solid piece of work from the Texan quartet. Instead of trying to create something groundbreaking and original the band instead decided pick up the torch that bands like Black Sabbath dropped long ago. From the previous sentence you should get the idea that their sound is a throwback to the days of early Sabbath and with that guess you would have hit the nail on the head. The guitar's will instantly remind you of Sabbath while the lyrics sound like some of Ronnie James Dio's unused material. Whether thats a good or bad thing you will have to decide

Musically, this is a VERY riff heavy album, which provides the album's greatest downfall. The band has a tendency to repeat the same riff over and over again, such as near the ending section in the song Freya. Even so, they do prove that they can play their instruments quite well throughout the album by breaking out a few soloes here and there. As for the rhytm section, they do little more than carry the beat, and even though the bass is audible throughout most of the album it does little more than follow the root notes of the guitar.

As stated before the lyrics are very "Dioesque". In fact if you close your eyes and listen to them very closely you may get the feeling that you are in a room full of people playing Dungeons & Dragons. The lyrics don't really bother me, but for some people they may be a little to over the top. For others the problem may not be the lyrics themselves, but the mouth they are coming out of. J.D. Cronise's vocals are the kind that you either love or absolutely loathe. Throughout the entire album the vocals stay in the same range, the high notes never actually becoming high and the lows never actually becoming low, so for some listeners his voice may become annoyingly monotinous.

So I think that pretty much sums it up. Will this album change the face of music? No. But if you're looking for an album thats a throwback to the days when metal was just beginning to crawl out of the primoidial soup then this album does the job by providing a straight up dose of riff heavy old school metal.

final rating
3.5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
jrowa001
January 2nd 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this band. they are great live, very heavy and loud. i agree on your rating...add some variation to the vocals and they can be a really great band. good review

bigguy69
January 3rd 2007


199 Comments


i downloaded most of this album im liking it quite a bit..so ill have to pick it up eventually

BlicQ
January 5th 2007


8 Comments


I really liked this when i first heard it and went out and bought it, but after a while it really wore off. Gotta say I havent listened to it in months and months. Iron Swan is good though.

Ephemerall
January 9th 2007


1 Comments


After hearing this album once, my opinion of this band is that they were an alright, if pretty generic, Sabbath-rip/stoner band. However, they played in Memphis following Torche, and completely failed to impress me in any way. They all look like trendy fucks who jumped on the stoner/sludge bandwagon now that bands like High on Fire, Mastodon, etc are getting popular. Now, when I hear the album, it just makes me think of what Sleep's Holy Mountain would sound like if those guys had no real talent.

JordanS
May 12th 2008


319 Comments


so i didn't really care for age of winters

but gods of earth is awesome

i am loving their doomy goodness

ilikemusicthatsucks
May 12th 2008


1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgot about these guys but I was in loved with this album about a year ago.

cometuesday
May 12th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have to be in the mood but yeah they're sweet (even if they could be a bit better).



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