The SwordUsed Future

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ This sixth album from The Sword continues the band’s progression from frantic Mastodon territory to more of a laidback Earthless vibe, while giving us the band’s most cohesive sonic landscape since 2010′s “Warp Riders.” If anything, “Used Future” marks a doubling down on the band wearing their 70s and 80s influences on their sleeves (there are obvious nods here to Santana, Skynyrd, John Carpenter, Pink Floyd, The Dead, etc.). It’s up to you if this is too far away from metal to be called stoner metal anymore, but it’s a fun listen regardless.