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Old 12-08-2010, 01:03 AM
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The Sword -- Pittsburgh, PA -- December 7th, 2010

This is likely to be the last Metal show of the year for yours truly, but the year ended with quite a bang of a solid and consistent performance on an albeit cold, chilly and at times snowy Pittsburgh evening by all on the Warp Riders Mk. II Tour. Mount Carmel and Karma To Burn both found new fans in me, and seeing The Sword for the much-anticipated second time left me in a rush of <- what that guy's doing.

Oh it's true. It's DAMN true.



Mount Carmel - Columbus OH Bluesy Blues Rockers who sadly only got to play to a capacity of around 10 people strong inside Mr. Smalls Theater at that point, got things started promptly, kicking things off on with straightforward pace and solid performance. The frontman/guitarist even quietly engaged in dialogue with the crowd about tuning his guitar in between songs to a nice touch. No setlist available from my mind, unfortunately, but they were good consistent openers.

After their performance, I noticed the persistent benefit that of Traditional Heavy Metal/Hard Rock shows - basic, straightforward presentation. The entire concert was a fairly no-frills excursion (The Sword's bombastic and artistic set design consisting of all their amps, drum kit and musicians respectfully), but this contributed to nice and quick band set-ups and highly potent performances by all the bands. Karma To Burn were no exception. The more experienced Morgantown WV Stoner Jamming Euphoria, spearheaded by their very tall frontman who towered among the crowd of Stoners and Metalheads and Guitar Hero nerds alike, immediately hooked me. A unique approach featured a 45-minute, 80% instrumental set, with a couple vocal numbers, but the rest were Stoner Jam bliss. Their set is as follows:

Nineteen
Thirty-Six
"Dean" (as written on setlist - maybe "Waiting On The Western World"?)
Fourty-Seven
Thirty-Four
"Cynic" ("Never Say Die"?)
Thirty-Two
Twenty-Eight
Twenty

The Sword, who has found a suitable drumming replacement in Kevin Fender, brought the riffs, the energy and then some...to the tune of even more riffs and energy! It's a Metal Christmas Miracle to see that The Sword's initial drummer departure hasn't caused any harm to this notion. Naturally, the set was heavy on the new album, but a great deal of the highlights of the first 2 albums were present. After a fierce 15 song performance, The Sword sealed the deal with a 2-song encore, solidifying a full 90 minutes of what I must bid some of the finest modern-day Traditional Heavy Metal. Setlist as follows:

Acheron/Unearthing The Orb
Tres Brujas
Barael's Blade
Arrows In The Dark
How Heavy This Axe
The Chronomancer I: Hubris
Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians
Lawless Darkness
March Of The Lor
The Warp Riders
Night City
Maiden, Mother & Crone
Freya
Iron Swan
(The Night Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire
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Astraea's Dream
Winter's Wolves
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:23 AM
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Great fucking review, man. And thanks for the sets! I am SO ready for this show.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:26 AM
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That's a fucking badass set. I couldn't be disappointed in that. But then again they aren't coming here, so I'll just hope a bootleg popps up.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:39 AM
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Tres Brujas
How Heavy This Axe
Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians
Night City
(The Night Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire
Astraea's Dream
Winter's Wolves
These would be my highlights if this tour was coming anywhere near me. The only song I feel missing is Chronomancer II.

Also, I take it they played 'Lawless Lands' rather than a Watain cover?
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:27 AM
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No Frost Giant's Daughter? Only thing it would be missing for me. Great review and great set. Pissed I'm not gonna get to see them in KC. Will be a great show.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:51 AM
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Holy shit, that set fucking slays. Really cool to see so much of Warp Riders in the set, that's their best album. I had to miss this show when it came to Boston on Sunday due to a family gathering. Hopefully I will catch them next time around.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:56 AM
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MARCH OF THE LOR!?!

Thank you sooooooo much for posting this. I'm seeing them tonight; can't fucking wait. Mount Caramel sounds sweet, like they'd set the right mood for the sword. Now I just need to hear The Horned Goddess or Lament of the Aurochs, and my life will be complete
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I really wish I could have made it to this show. I'm only familliar with the new album but I'm sure everything else is just as awesome or even better. Oh well, I'm sure they'll be back sometime.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:37 PM
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I really wish I could have made it to this show. I'm only familliar with the new album but I'm sure everything else is just as awesome or even better. Oh well, I'm sure they'll be back sometime.
Dude, Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth are two of my favorite albums of all time. Warp riders isn't half as good as either one of them. Seriously; if you like Warp Riders their older stuff will be orgasmic to you. At least it is to me
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