Sound — 10
The Sword put out their incredibly good 4th album - "Apocryphon". This album is a huge departure from their previous releases. The new drummer is spectacular, he really seems to fit well with the band. There sound is still kind of a retro seventies mixed with a nice blend of bands like Metallica. I have been waiting about a year or so for new music from these guys and this album does not disappoint. The Sword are definitely refreshing in a world of some sort of core metal bands.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics completely fit with the album. I looked up the word "Apocryphon" and instead of me trying to explain the meaning, I suggest you look it up and then listen to the album. The music, the lyrics and JD Cronise's skills as a singer are top notch. There is a huge Sabbath influence, but that's not all. At the end of the album there is a rockin cover of ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses". I have been listening to The Sword for a while now and each album is better than the last and this one is no exception. You need to go out and buy this album, download it, or steal it. It's that good.
Overall Impression — 10
Really there are no other current bands putting out albums as good as anything The Sword have done. I could only really compare them to Metallica meets Zeppelin meets Sabbath (Ozzy era). There are ten original studio tracks, 3 live tracks, and one cover. All are excellent. "Veils Of Isis", "Eyes Of The Stormwitch", and the title track are all awesome. Really though, this whole album is killer and loaded with monster riffs. If this is any indication to the future of The Sword, these guys will be a ginormous band. Go get this album plus their last 3, you will not be sad that you did. Awesome band, awesome album!