The Sword, Gypsyhawk, American Sharks

When: Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2012


While metalheads of the old-school variety eagerly await a new Sabbath record, they'll always have the Sword to tide them over. The Austin quartet's latest, Apocryphon, leans even more heavily on the NWOBHM than their previous efforts do. It's no surprise that another little band reared on Sabbath and Diamond Head, called Metallica, has taken the Sword on tour several times. But whether these denim-clad metallers are playing head-whipping thrash or voyaging into more early-'70s psych territory—as they did on 2010's Warp Riders—the Sword do it with the same fuck-all attitude. And until they release their "Enter Sandman," the worst the Sword can do is bring sorcery and sci-fi to those willing to eat it up. This might be seen as crimes against humanity, but to others it's simply righting the wrongs. MARK LORE

Price: $16-20

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