Apocryphon

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
After conquering the realms of fantasy and science fiction, classic metal revivalists the Sword head into a more metaphysical space on their fourth album, Apocryphon. Though they return to the looser, more groove-heavy sound of their earlier work, the spacy influence of Warp Riders can still be felt here and there, with songs like "Execrator" bringing occasional flourishes of psychedelic, effects-drenched guitar work. All over the album it feels as though the Sword are bringing together everything they've learned from their other records, and with its combination of ambition, heaviness, and swagger, titular album-closer "Apocryphon" feels like a one-song "best-of," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
After conquering the realms of fantasy and science fiction, classic metal revivalists the Sword head into a more metaphysical space on their fourth album, Apocryphon. Though they return to the looser, more groove-heavy sound of their earlier work, the spacy influence of Warp Riders can still be felt here and there, with songs like "Execrator" bringing occasional flourishes of psychedelic, effects-drenched guitar work. All over the album it feels as though the Sword are bringing together everything they've learned from their other records, and with its combination of ambition, heaviness, and swagger, titular album-closer "Apocryphon" feels like a one-song "best-of," bringing everything the band has done before it together into a singular epic metal journey. This combination makes for a sound that isn't so much more mature as it is more refined. The Sword feel more confident and in control on Apocryphon, and the feeling comes through with each titanic riff. And while we're on the subject of rough edges, singer John Cronise delivers his best performance yet. Listening to "Cloak of Feathers," his vocals feel more powerful and substantial, and with the frontman feeling more in command, everything else seems to follow suit. The bottom line here is that for all of their tweaks and changes, the Sword are still a band all about massive riffs and epic lyrics, and while other bands might be more structurally complex or aggressive, few can offer the instant cosmic journey that dropping the needle on Apocryphon can.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018335621
  • Catalog Number: 83356
  • Sales rank: 25,646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Veil of Isis (5:32)
  2. 2 Cloak of Feathers (5:25)
  3. 3 Arcane Montane (4:06)
  4. 4 The Hidden Masters (4:49)
  5. 5 Dying Earth (5:22)
  6. 6 Execrator (2:46)
  7. 7 Seven Sisters (3:30)
  8. 8 Hawks & Serpents (4:31)
  9. 9 Eyes of the Stormwitch (3:10)
  10. 10 Apocryphon (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Sword Primary Artist
Santiago Vela III Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Kyle Shutt Guitar, Group Member
Bryan Richie Synthesizer, Bass, Group Member
John "J.D." Cronise Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Larry Mazer Management
John Franck Marketing
The Sword Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Josh Kline Booking
John "J.D." Cronise Composer
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