I had read some reviews about this album and finally had to check it out for myself. Wow. This band has drawn a lot of comparisons to Black Sabbath, and while the huge riffs of early Sabbath are there, I would draw a closer comparison to Sleep or Pentagram. I can dig crazy guitar theatrics or over-the-top screaming vocals, but for the most part, when I want to seriously rock out I just want HUGE skull-crushing riffs. And The Sword has ‘em. You can keep your moshtastic breakdowns and shredding guitar solos. I’ll take The Sword. If you own Sleep’s “Holy Mountain,” any of the first 6 Sabbath albums, anything by Pentagram…you need this disc.