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Re: THE SWORD Yesterday morning I checked out Apocryphon, and I'll have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Never thought they were going to be able to top Age of Winters, but after only one listen, it was obvious that they really put some effort into composing each track. If you liked any of their previous releases give this one a listen.

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The labels aren't mutually exclusive. "Stoner" doom is a more specific description than just "doom". And these guys are more to the "rock" side of stoner doom. My point to Gorbo is that it shouldn't matter what category people on the internet put these guys in' date=' if he enjoys the music.[/quote'] I wouldn't call The Sword doom metal, but if he likes them, would that change anything? Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Tapatalk 2
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The labels aren't mutually exclusive. "Stoner" doom is a more specific description than just "doom". And these guys are more to the "rock" side of stoner doom. My point to Gorbo is that it shouldn't matter what category people on the internet put these guys in' date=' if he enjoys the music.[/quote'] I dunno, I don't personally like the "stoner" tag because someone under that label may not be a user themselves. Also I think it lends itself to a bad rep because anyone outside that group may assume you're a stoner or you'd have to be stoned to like that kinda music.
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I dunno' date=' I don't personally like the "stoner" tag because someone under that label may not be a user themselves. Also I think it lends itself to a bad rep because anyone outside that group may assume you're a stoner or you'd have to be stoned to like that kinda music.[/quote'] It's just shorthand for a sound, like any other subgenre tag, and like it or not it's here to stay. I've heard "stoner" and "stoney" used just to describe riffs or grooves within a song, even. I'm willing to bet that not everybody in goregrind, Viking metal, or DSBM makes lifestyle choices that complement the music or lyrics of the bands they're in either.
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It's just shorthand for a sound' date=' like any other subgenre tag, and like it or not it's here to stay. I've heard "stoner" and "stoney" used just to describe riffs or grooves within a song, even. I'm willing to bet that not everybody in goregrind, Viking metal, or DSBM makes lifestyle choices that complement the music or lyrics of the bands they're in either.[/quote'] Fair enough.
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I dunno' date=' I don't personally like the "stoner" tag because someone under that label may not be a user themselves. Also I think it lends itself to a bad rep because anyone outside that group may assume you're a stoner or you'd have to be stoned to like that kinda music.[/quote'] The label does make sense, as most of the bands that play in the style do make frequent drug references, but as FA said, it's about the sound and not something unrelated to the music. For instance, Church of Misery is one of my favorite stoner doom bands, and all of their songs are about serial killers. Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Tapatalk 2
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I like the song The Hidden Masters, Apocryphon is the only one of their albums I listen to repeatedly. On another thread Father Alabaster was recently very eloquent on the subject of how and why lyric videos are a cultural abomination, and I guess I agree in principal, but I enjoy the Lyric Videos of The Sword that are available on youtube. To me the rhythm section sounds metal enough to consider the band metal. I got the impression somewhere along the way that stoner rock had long and complicated experimental passages that are essentially psychedelic throwbacks, like Osrick's Tentacles or Wo Fat to name two bands I don't know real well. One reason I don't know them is because I don't really go for that kind of thing. To me The sword is fairly balls to the wall and not indulgent in that way. At any rate I'm fine with calling The Sword stoner metal or even stoner rock, god help us. The list of bands that they are faulted with ripping off is long, but most of them are the sorts of bands one should rip off if one intends to kick ass. Still though I find them to be distinctive. I'd never heard of them a little over a year ago, and just stumbled across them on youtube. They were one of the bands that reinvigorated my interest in metal. Sorry about this long rambling post but I just wanted to add something about how these scrawny kids from Austin look like hipsters who should be disregarded, and they have likely more financial backing then many bands that are more deserving. But ask yourself if you were faced with the dilemma of living in Austin, might you not yourself present as a hipster, and would you say no to money because it might adversely effect your image.

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