LIVE: The Sword / Big Business @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/25/14

March 4th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Sci-fi stoner band the Sword hit the crowd with a never-ending barrage of heavy riffage during their show at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, fueled by the churning guitars of J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt.

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LIVE: The Sword @ Northern Lights, 9/22/11

October 4th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Sword, a stoner-metal band from Austin, Texas, was a surprise hit at the Bonnaroo Music Festival back in June. Despite playing mid-afternoon to an overheated crowd standing in a blowing pit of loose sand, the Sword’s churning riffage and doomtastic songs created more of a party than an uber-aggressive vibe.

Guys in front of me passed around a costume Viking helmet with horns and blonde braids as part of the Nordic-metal-influenced fun. And when the Sword wrapped their set with a cover of ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses,” the band’s heavy-metalized version of the party-rock classic couldn’t have sounded better.

There were no ZZ Top covers during the Sword’s Northern Lights show, sadly, but singer-guitarist J.D. Cronise — a skinny guy with a ’70s sitcom moustache — was wearing a vintage t-shirt from his fellow Texan band. (Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt opted for more traditional metal-wear: a Dio shirt.)

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