by John Tarpley
Metal is alive and well, especially the throwback brand, rife with vintage '80s shredding and songs about time travel and Vikings. But few outfits are doing it with the steely-eyed panache of fantasy metal torch-holders The Sword of Austin, Texas. Now, after years of recording at a heavy, steady pace, touring the world, the band is finally steering towards consistent success thanks to a song in "Guitar Hero 2" and a glowing plug from Rolling Stone. If your iPod isn't equipped for wrecking shit on a time-traveling dragon in a deep-space, look no further. This show marks a make-up gig for The Sword, after they canceled an engagement in October when their former drummer left the band. Stoner metal tourmates Karma To Burn open the night alongside Little Rock's go-to throwback metal act, Iron Tongue.
UPDATE: Another reason to go, Bonnie Montgomery is playing keyboards with Iron Tongue tonight. Dude.