The Sword slays at RecordBar tonight
You’ve got to wonder whether Black Sabbath
feels flattered or annoyed that its music has become a standardized
vocabulary for an entire genre of imitators. At this point, comparing
the Sword with Sabbath is about as meaningful as saying the Austin, Texas,
quartet uses electric guitars. Still, among the band’s galloping, fuzzy
peers, the Sword’s strong songwriting foundation stands alone.