Sword Woman is the debut demo by epic doom band Smoulder. Released by Hoove Child Records in Chicago.
Recorded at Straightaway Productions by Lucas Akker
Mixed & Mastered by Ryan Kennedy
Mastered for vinyl by Maeghan Richat
Cover art by Stephen Fabian
""The Sword Woman" is a heady dose of epic traditional doom—the aural equivalent to a worn-in denim jacket plastered in Candlemass patches." - Noisey
"Influenced by the balls to the wall sound of The Gates of Slumber, the intelligent epic side of Solitude Aeternus and the uncompromising ideals of Reverend Bizarre." - Metalantoine's Magick Realm
"["The Swordwoman"] starts off a slow burn (as much great doom metal does), with ominous riffing before a slightly more hopeful lead comes atop and push it toward the start of Sarah Ann's vocals. Operatic without sounding too much like, you know, old-time opera, they act as the perfect complement for the grand musical expressions." - Exclaim! Magazine
"One listen to “Voyage of the Sun Chaser” should exhibit why The Sword Woman, the first demo cassette by Toronto-based epic doom band Smoulder is sold out weeks before its release." - Decibel Magazine
"I'm irritatingly picky when it comes to doom. But from first listen, Smoulder come correct and lay down the kind of thulsa-doom-riff chudness that keeps me entirely engaged, and holy shit, those hooks! Hats off to... a killer thunder-ride!" - Hellbound.ca
"Singer Sarah Ann could pass vocally as a little sister of Robert Lowe..... 8/10." - Deaf Forever Magazine
"The debut EP from Toronto-based epic doom outfit Smoulder is a weapon of mighty force, and The Sword Woman pulled it from a stone of ancient myth. The three-track cassette embarks with the title track, “The Sword Woman,” bringing forth tandem guitars that mark the slow rise of the heroic barbarian — mighty from her sword to her scowl." - BeatRoute
Red haired spawn of the devil
Eyes burn fierce; they smoulder
Thou shalt not become his slave
Slit his throat, in his blood I will bathe!
Cold fury turn me brittle as steel,
Ride through a ribbon, of starlite
Walled by black forest trees
From a life of solitude; I flee!
I sell my sword, to the highest bidder
To ride with my brethern
With shining steel by my side
Crush the traitors and revel, in their cries!
Heart beats quick with strange longing,
Live as I please and die as god wills
Eyes dance with reckless madness
Trade drudgery for wandering and violence
The pounding war drums call me endlessly
To roads where armored captains ride
With banners flowing crimson dyed
To never be swine's bride
Forever, you will be........ DENIED!
"My sisters bend above their looms
And gnaw their moldy crumbs
But I ride forth in silk and steel
To follow the phantom drums"
Track Name: Voyage of the Sun Chaser
Night of doom....
Warning signs, all thirteen came true
Ancient trees... wept blood
Black fog rolls, across the land
A mountain of fire!
Crest of the god's ire
We survived the storm!
A raging tempest like none before
A great upheaval has occurred
Some prayers, were not heard
The stars have never lied!
Our position can not be denied
Supreme is the task
Of which I have been asked
The flames test our faith
The king priest still awaits!
Ascension is his fate
There's no turning back!
He stood upon the arch
Of Paladine's gate!
The god's have abandoned thee
Istar now lies under the sea...
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I *never* listen to power/trad, but this album might have single-handedly changed that. I'll probably update this later if I end up diving into the genre, but for now I'll say that this entire album is a massive earworm that I'm more than happy to have stuck in my head.
I think I especially like that the vocals, while powerful, are a bit more relaxed compared to their contemporaries. A tad more familiar to someone who usually listens to metal where the vocals are mixed beneath everything else. zirtonic