|Age of Winters|
|Studio album by|
|Released||February 14, 2006|
|Recorded||2005at Folkvang Studios, Austin, Texas|
|Genre||Heavy metal, doom metal, stoner metal|
|Producer||J. D. Cronise|
|The Sword chronology|
|Singles from Age of Winters|
Age of Winters is the debut album by American heavy metal band The Sword, released in the United States on February 14, 2006.The Japanese edition, released by record label Toy's Factory, contains three bonus tracks recorded live at the CBGB club in New York City on April 9, 2006. The single released from the album was "Freya", which did not chart. Age of Winters was later reissued as part of a two-disc box set with Gods of the Earth on November 25, 2008.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is currently composed of vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III. Originally signed to Kemado Records, the group released its debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which had been largely written by Cronise prior to the band's formation. Gods of the Earth was released two years later, giving the group its first entry on the US Billboard 200 chart when it reached number 102.
Toy's Factory Inc. is a Japanese record label founded in the late 1980s as a subsidiary of the entertainment company VAP, based in Japan. On May 30, 1990, it was established as an independent company.
The Sword's debut album received a widely positive critical reaction. Reviewing for music website allmusic, critic Eduardo Rivadavia awarded Age of Winters 4.5 out of 5 rating stars, qualifying it as an "AMG Album Pick".In the review, Rivadavia claims that the band's debut record "sees them joining California's High on Fire, Sweden's Witchcraft, and Australia's Wolfmother (to name but a few) at the forefront of what's gradually become known in the mid-'00s as the "heritage" or "retro-metal" movement." He goes on to suggest that "the album's main attraction [is] its megalithic guitar work," concluding that "Age of Winters provides [...] listeners with as good an entryway as any into the "retro-metal" universe, while also managing to sound refreshing even to calloused heavy metal ears," which, he suggests, "is no small achievement."
High on Fire is a Grammy Award winning American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner metal band Sleep.
Witchcraft is a Swedish doom metal band founded in 2000.
Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2004, the group is centred around vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, who is the only constant member of the lineup. The band have been through many personnel changes since their formation, with the current incarnation including drummer Hamish Rosser and bassist Brad Heald, both of whom are former members of The Vines. The original – and most commercially successful – lineup included bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett. Both Ross and Heskett left Wolfmother after four years in 2008.
Other reviews of Age of Winters were similarly positive – webzine PopMatters, awarded the album a favorable rating of seven out of ten, describing it as "one fine, headbang-inducing beast of a debut record,"while The Austin Chronicle summarised the album as "literate" and "visceral".
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The Austin Chronicle is an alternative weekly newspaper published every Thursday in Austin, Texas, United States. The paper is distributed through free news-stands, often at local eateries or coffee houses frequented by its targeted demographic. The newspaper reported a weekly readership of 545,500. It is part of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and it emulates the typical publications of the 1960s counter-culture movement.
"Freya" appears as a playable song in Guitar Hero II and again in Guitar Hero Smash Hits and on the soundtrack of Burnout Dominator. "Barael's Blade" was used in the season five American Dad! episode "Rapture's Delight". "Celestial Crown" is featured on the Jennifer's Body soundtrack. "Iron Swan" appears in the 2006 video game Tony Hawk's Project 8 and also appears in season nine American Dad! episode "Minstrel Krampus".
"Freya" is a song by American heavy metal band The Sword. Written by the band and produced by vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, it is featured on the band's 2006 debut studio album Age of Winters. In addition to being released as the only single from the album on September 4, 2007, "Freya" was featured as a playable track on the video game Guitar Hero II, released in November 2006.
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All lyrics written by J. D. Cronise; all music composed by The Sword.
|1.||"Celestial Crown" (instrumental)||1:57|
|5.||"The Horned Goddess"||5:01|
|7.||"Lament for the Aurochs"||7:59|
|8.||"March of the Lor" (instrumental in eight movements)||4:41|
|10.||"Barael's Blade" (live at the CBGB)||3:02|
|11.||"Iron Swan" (live at the CBGB)||5:48|
|12.||"March of the Lor" (live at the CBGB)||5:06|
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|United States||February 14, 2006||Kemado||CD album||KEM 027|
|Europe||March 27, 2006||Kemado||CD album||KEM 032|
|United States||July 18, 2006||Kemado||LP album||KEM 029|
|Europe||January 29, 2007||Kemado||LP album||KEM 048|
|Japan||May 2, 2007||Toy's Factory||CD album||TFCK-87417|
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