The Sword’s Bryan Richie talks crazy orbs and stoner rock
When it comes to Austin metal quartet The Sword, appearances can be deceiving. At face value, it’s easy to take the band as yet another stoner-doom outfit that plows the worn soil of Sabbath-derived riffs with a testicular affinity for dragons ‘n sorcery. But give the Sword a few spins, and it’s clear that frontman, bandleader and general mastermind J.D. Cronise has more up his sleeve than that. The music disguises his adult concerns in adolescent-looking costumes, like Thor comic books and medieval battle fantasy.