So kid, who's laughing now? That is, now that Texas heavy-metal homagists the Sword have sharpened their cred to not only become one of the U.S.'s premier loud rock crews, but also landed an opening tour for Metallicaeven though upon their arrival many tagged them as "falses" and "hipster-metal." (Not that an association with Metallica precludes you from falseness, aight!) Their sophomore release, Gods of the Earth, landed atop many a rivethead's best of 2008 list, but those down with the more extreme and/or esoteric hard stuff may find their boilerplate thrash and standardized stoner-rock fairly staid. With Year Long Disaster and Children.
Fri., Jan. 30, 8 p.m., 2009