If you like heavy music, get stoked. “The Sword” is coming. They are super cool for doing so. The band is taking a break from a North American tour with music giants “Kyuss,” to come to the Elk Valley to lay their brand of heavy guitar riffing down.
If you don’t know of The Sword or haven’t heard them, think Black Sabbath, with a twist of “Fu Manchu” and a dash of “The Melvins.” The music is bottom heavy and it grinds. They aren’t afraid to play fast either, they rule their instruments. Two wicked guitarists, a bassist and a killer drummer… standard rock set up. Except these guys are masterminds who just released a science fiction concept album. I haven’t heard of someone doing that since The Mars Volta.
The Sword has had hits on just about every medium going. They have charted the Billboard 200. They have their songs included in the popular video game “Guitar Hero” and “Rockstar.” They have had their music included in major motion picture soundtracks including “Jennifer’s Body” and “Horsemen.” These guys have toured the world with a little band called Metallica. They have also shared the stage with other fantastic rock acts such as “Lamb Of God,” “Clutch” and “Priestess.”
“Rockpile” Kyle also says that they have played with Guns and Roses in their home town Austin, Texas. They are completely legit. They are bringing rockers “Black Cobra” in to open the night. Local hard rock act “Winters Son” will be there to warm up the stage early on as well. This is a fantastic night of hard rock if you’re into it. This gig rolls out at the Northern Bar and Stage on Friday November 25.
By Colin Lock
Free Press Staff