The Sword

Live Shots

Live Shots
Photo By Aubrey Edwards

The Sword

Velvet Spade Patio, Friday, March 18

Like an army marching into battle – a bit scared, a bit humbled – the Sword of Doom, a nom de plume for the Sword's first of two official SXSW showcases, waded through the underlying fog of the Music Festival. Various visions of gloom, medieval knights, and underdogs prepared to take their respective whippings on the outdoor stage at the old Caucus Club, and after a short respite of war preparations (ahem), the four soldiers of metal took the stage. The Sword is not to be taken lightly. Forged in the heat of Those Peabodys, with whom singer and guitarist J.D. Cronise recently sided, they thrash and sludge and raise and destroy, all within one cry. Charging with "The Horned Goddess" at their side, the Sword cautioned those out-of-towners in the back with a hint of what was to come. By the time the quartet leaned into "Barael's Blade" with a fury usually reserved for angry kings and scorned women, all bodies were drawn to center, close enough to witness but far away enough to duck the shrapnel. Note after note, the "Blade" careened through a song and back again, time changes leading the force with a gallop. When the classic riffage of "Iron Torn" rattled the patio, Austin's most dangerous finally drew blood. As the Sword paired up wailing guitar solos just an octave apart, the steeds began to stomp and snort. When the drums went silent, only hooves could be heard in the distance, and victory was proclaimed at last.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Wednesday Interview
Wednesday Interview
Delta Spirit

Jim Caligiuri, March 20, 2015

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
First night SXSW Music recommendations and hints

March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Sabbath Crow
Carrion Highway Weird Sun (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Aug. 16, 2019

Texas Platters
Matamoros (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Aug. 16, 2019

More by Darcie Stevens
Phases & Stages
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz! (Record Review)

April 3, 2009

Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
9pm, the Parish

March 20, 2009


The Sword

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle