The Sword and Zebulon Pike tonight at the Triple Rock
Harkening to Pantera at their most grudgingly mid-tempo, and to Sabbath if they had performed from the depths of an ether stupor, The Sword has fashioned a suffocating sonic presence over the course of their career, one that decompresses your lungs and seems to leave you wanting breath. They’ve risen in a froth to the top of the classic metal resurgence, keeping company with Mastodon and Wolfmother and garnering tall, well-deserved praise from Rolling Stone and Spin magazines alike. Their debut full length, Age of Winters, landed a single onto Guitar Hero II, and even managed to shoehorn some Skynyrd swagger into that dense-as-lead formula. They’re currently touring in support of their follow-up, God Of The Earth, an album which, like the band itself, is fantastic entry-level metal that proves sometimes, two little chords are enough to split the skull, provided you repeat them long enough.