Aggregated reviews for Sword and Scale

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.

RIP this podcast from my feed (1/5)

this show would be 80% better if mike had absolutely nothing to do with the show and was far away from a microphone and any form of communication. I love true crime but this host is genuinely wretched with no nuance or analysis, only gut feelings and assumptions. Oh, and gets whiny if god forbid a platform refuses to cater to known assholes. Listen to casefile or the sound of traffic instead.

No.1 (5/5)

One of the best podcast! Great storytelling and production.

What a creep (1/5)

Sorry to say, but mikes insistant commentary on purps, mental health and whatever else is so annoying, I can’t bare anymore. Listened to 30+episodes, and much of it very enjoyable. But the undertone of the show is so hateful and arrogant. Bye

Best! (5/5)

Best episodes 23 and 31 so far! greetings from sweden!

Bäst! (5/5)

Överlägset bra! Proffsigt, välgjort, otroligt bra bakgrundsbild på samtliga fall, bra röst, bra källor och otroligt spännande. Dessutom så tydligt och med ett så bra språk att man inte ens tänker på att det är på ett annat språk!

Bästa! (5/5)

Bästa av alla mordpoddar! Välgjorda och långa avsnitt. Lyssnat i flera år, andra liknande poddar har kommit och gått, denna är fortfarande min favorit. För oss självplågande jävlar som gillar göttiga detaljer och brutala mord.

Love it so much 💕 (5/5)

This is my favourite podcast and it has made it impossible for me to listen to other podcasts since I just keep comparing them to Sword and Scale. No one can compete or even come close! /Julia from Sweden

Best EVER! (5/5)

Best podcast of ALL podcasts no matter what gangre. Can’t wait till next eposide! /Sweden

The best! (5/5)

Truly the best crime podcast ever! Keep it up Mike! From Sweden !

Best true crime (5/5)

Sword & Scale is absolutely the best True Crime podcast currently produced. Only to be compared with Casefile... so when you’re done with S&S you know what to listen to!

Best crime pod ever (5/5)

Great and well executed podcast! Content always keeps me intrigued and interested due to immense amount of suspense and all of the murders

Superb! (5/5)

Great work with the podcast! Great storytelling👍🏽 New favourite podcast! Keep it up! /Anton from Sweden

Amazing (5/5)

The best podcast! Love from Sweden

Disappointing. (1/5)

Here's the thing - I quite liked Sword and Scale. I listened to it exclusively for about a week and the things that bothered me (most of all how the show seemed to revel in tragedy rather than report it with any kind of nuance) I chalked up to not yet finding its stride. This happens a lot with podcasts and I usually give them some time to figure it out. Listening to Mike joke around about child pornography and cannibalism was uncomfortable to say the least, but we all have bad judgment. I soldiered on. Yesterday I realised that I should've gone with my gut feeling. Learning that the host has used some unethical tactics in using 911 calls without permission from the caller, including full name and location, is making me unsubscribe today. While it points out that show like Sword and Scale contribute to a culture where violence is norm, it completely fails to examine its role in that culture to any greater degree and doesn't take any responsibility for it like a good journalist should. Instead it continues to revel in what can only be described as gore pornography without reflextion, without nuance, without any sort of discussion. This is making money off people's tragedies, althewhile perpetuating the myth of the killer as the anti-hero. I will not recommend this podcast to anyone.

Perfect. (5/5)

This is the perfect true crime podcast. Everything else fades is comparison to this podcast. I've listen to all episodes 5 times. I don't have a problem I swear.

The best!! (5/5)

This podcast is the best. Thats it!

Extreme in its raw truth. (5/5)

This is one of the best crime podcasts i have ever listened to. Does not only deal with the famous serialkillers and crimes that everyone has already ,but delves deeply into single cases and lets you know how devestating a murder or a crime is.The one minus that is not even an issue is the freaky music;)

Love it! (5/5)

This by far the best true crime podcast available. I highly recommend it.

Interesting and educational (5/5)

Love love love the podcasts! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Incredible! (5/5)

Thanks for an amazing podcast, you truly have truly have the power to make boring tasks enjoyable! Incredibly well done.

One of my favourites (5/5)

Extremely well produced show, one of my favourites!

Best podcast ever! (5/5)

This podcast really saves the day for me. I newly discovered it from a friend of mine and have listened nonstop for days! Incredibly interesting and thrilling. Also alot scary! This podcast is really starting to spread in Sweden now so please continue the great work! Thanks / Glenn🇸🇪

Awesome! (5/5)

Great host, great editing, in depth storytelling. The best crime podcast I think. (Sometimes poor sound quality during long phone interviews though..)

A real creep turns very well! (4/5)

I'm glad to see how Sword and Scale has developed. Because in the beginning it was creepy, and it wasn't because of the cases. The host was a bigger creep than the criminals. He would first explain how sick a person was for having a video on his computer – but then he would play minutes (!!!) of the same footage on radio. As if that is not CREEPIER?? And he was adament to not reveal his creepiness – how? By telling listeners how to feel and what to think – all the time. Someone who has read a book or taken a course in writing would know that you SHOW and then let the reader/listener feel. BUT THEN our of nowhere the guy sort of became okay by suddenly adhering to decent story telling techniques, and now he managed to create one of the best podcasts out there! It's night and day. But I still wouldn't trust this guy if I met him. But it's a good podcast, I'm glad I came back to it.

Great podcast (5/5)

It's a fascinating and quite horrifying topic but very interesting and highly addictive.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

Simply: amazing!

I love it!!! (5/5)

I recommend this podcast to everyone who likes to read about crime

Best podcast there is (5/5)

This is a very good podcast. My cup of tea for sure. If i had to complain about something however..maybe a little less interviewing and more storytelling. Other than that, 5/5 !

Great production (5/5)

Great production. Makes me want to get into criminology.

Can't stop listening (1/5)

I've been binge listening to this podcast since I first discovered it. In short it's a great podcast!

Love it (5/5)

Nice story telling. Good material and good interviews. Obsessed.

So damn good!!! (5/5)


MariaSweden (5/5)


Needs to be weekly (5/5)

Love the honesty in it, one of the best made true crime pods! Keep it going

Podcast? More like bestcast (5/5)

Really good!

Scary and fascinating (5/5)

Very exciting and I'm totally hooked. A warning though because it is a very true and graphic podcast so I skipped a few episodes that were too frightening

Addicted (5/5)

This is the best f-ing podcast ever if you like documentaries about serial killers, psychopaths and so on. Im so glad i found this pod!

Great podcast! (5/5)

Great podcast!

Super good! (5/5)

Very engaging, well-produced and worth listening. Highly recommended!

. (4/5)

I absolutely love this show. the only negative thing (and I wish I didn't have to say this) is the portrayal of the mentally ill at times. all in all they are more likely to BE victims than to HAVE them, yes that includes paranoid schizophrenics, and portraying them as walking timebombs aren't going to end the stigma around mental illness, nor the RARE violence it can bring with it. 10/10 cases, 10/10 with the interviews and how the show flows, but the occasional inflammatory angle of some of the episodes does pull that down a bit. which sucks, because I really love the show otherwise.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! (5/5)

Thank you for a fantastic podcast! It’s so interesting, scary and perfectly edited. Great job!

Världsklass (5/5)

Enormt välgjord podcast, både när det gäller inramning och själva innehållet. Ett absolut måste för oss som gillar True crime.

Oerhört bra podcast (5/5)

Mycket intressant och välproducerad podcast för alla som gillar true crime.

Grym podcast i dubbel bemärkelse (5/5)

Är du en true crime-torsk? Då är det här podcasten för dig. Välproducerad och med en massa okända fall som verkligen är värd att uppmärksammas. Både aktuella och historiska fall tas upp. Brutalt emellanåt, men aldrig någon exploatering. Fokus ligger alltid på offren och deras lidande. En viktig podcast, så lyssna nu.

Eerie and excellent! (5/5)

I found out about "Sword and Scale" from the Swedish podcast "Rättegångspodden" who recommended it on their Facebook page. This is an excellent example of how the "true crime" genre can be more chilling and thought provoking than any fictional work. Keep up the good work!

Exellent (5/5)

This podcast right here is my absolute favorite. Started listening to it 3 weeks back and I cant get enough. Some of the authentic parts make me really sick but its framed and edited so brilliant by the host Mike. Just listen and you wont get dissapointed. /the swede

The best podcast right now (5/5)

I literally became sad when i listened to all the episodes of serial, but then my friend told me about this podcast and it's THE best podcast I've listened to since. I don't even watch TV anymore, I just listen to the episodes. Unfortunately I only have six left so I'm a bit freaked about that. And yes, that's how good the show is.

Obsessed (5/5)

I had been looking for a good podcast to fill the void after Serial and by chance I heard about Sword & Scale through another podcaster here in Sweden and what can I say, Sword & Scale is my new favourite and I look forward to every new episode. Great job!

Press play (5/5)

Love it, can't stop listening!

This one will keep you on the edge of your seat (5/5)

I usally have podcats on in the background while I do something else, kinda half listening. But when you put on "Sword & Scale" you get drawn in imidetaly. It´s so well made that you find yourself just sitting and just listen. Looking forward to every episode.