The Sword Woman

by Smoulder

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poisonremedy Smoulder combine deep grooves and ethereal melody with one of the most powerful and distinctive frontwomen in melodic metal right now. Fantastic songwriting and a true grasp of how to keep the listener entranced throughout. Favorite track: The Queen is Gone.
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Milo Bloom Won me over on first listen. Pick it up now. Favorite track: The Sword Woman.
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Dirk Limberg A first hint of mastership to come from one of Canada's contemporary finest bands outside the Black/Death/-core realms of the Metal Universe. Thanks for making this stuff available guerilla style time and again. Can't wait to see you live in Athens in 2020...!!! Favorite track: Voyage of the Sun Chaser.
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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"
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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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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

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released April 20, 2018

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Smoulder Toronto, Ontario

Smoulder play a triumphant hybrid of epic power doom and traditional metal in the tradition of Tales of Medusa, Solitude Aeternus, Manilla Road and early Blind Guardian. Fantastical heroes yielding mystic swords and arcane sorcery await...

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