The Sword -- Austin, TX -- April 21st, 2012
venue: Emo’s East
Hammer (new song)
How Heavy This Axe
Cloak (new song)
Maiden, Mother and Crone
To Take The Black
Mountain (new song)
Tears Of Fire
Seven Sisters (new song)
Arrows In The Dark
-- encore -- (incomplete)
*New song titles listed as they were written on the set list.
Doors were at 8 and me and my lady arrived around 8:45. We checked out the merch and by a few minutes after 9 the first band, American Sharks, started playing. These guys are a newer Austin band that play some punky stoner rock in the vein of Red Fang. Very upbeat, short songs and according to their stage banner they do it in the name of Satan. One of their shirts for sale was the state of Texas with a big inverted cross in the middle of it. They played maybe 8-10 songs in a little under 30 minutes. I would be glad to see them again as local support for the right kind of show. My fiance enjoyed them quite a bit. After American Sharks finished we met up with cojibo from MetalSetLists and a few of my other concert buddies and chatted about upcoming shows and whatnot before the other opener, Dixie Witch, took the stage. They’re a three piece 70s style southern hard rock band with blues rock meets metal guitar riffs bring Clutch to mind at times. As a local favorite they always get a room full of heads nodding, leaving empty beer cans in their wake. By the time Dixie Witch was wrapping up their last couple songs the venue was quickly filling with more bodies and anticipation.
After what seemed like an eternity (actually about 30 minutes) the almighty hometown heroes of the Austin metal scene, The Sword took the stage in front of a roaring crowd. As soon as they kicked into Night City a nice sized pit opened up in the middle and was active most of the night. It was a bit of a greatest hits kind of set list with some new songs played live for the first time. A couple of the new tracks had a bit of a sludgy feel to them while the song Seven Sisters sounded like it could’ve been on Warp Riders. We left after they finished Arrows In The Dark, but I read online that their encore included Iron Swan and Winter’s Wolves among others. This show was a blast and the band sounded great.
10/3 - Prosanctus Inferi / Horrendous ?
10/21 - Pallbearer / Tombs / Vattnet Viskar