Austin heavyweights The Sword released new album Apocryphon this past fall, further establishing their rep as one of the most influential metal bands of the past decade. As the Sword has progressed from 2006's career-defining Age of Winters, their recordings have grown all the more challenging. Whereas Winters was pummeling and caveman-like, 2008's Gods of the Earth and 2010's Warp Riders retained the band's beloved rumble while expanding the Sword's sonic palette for the better and weirder.
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