This weekend there was quite a lot that happened, or rather the whole week has been a lot both for me and Thetania, the lady in question did just come home from a metal festival that was in Gävle, however, she is a little tired right now, that you can really understand. There are one or a few reports from that, starting tomorrow.
Besides Baroness and Pearl Jam, I have traveled a little with a Swedish artist this weekend (more on that next week), managed actually with a stop in Gävle and Getaway Rock Festival when i was on my way home, where I witnessed Ministry live before i took off back to Stockholm again.
Just before I went out on the adventure did I packed down some good to have stuff, which included the camera, the sunglasses and a handful of CDs. Like Neil Young, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Silver Devil and The Sword.
The Sword is a record that I like as hell, though it has fallen a little in the twilight zone lately, many other things to be listened through, so it was a nice reunion with The Sword, holy moses what a damn swing it has ...
Going through Sweden with the Sword at nearly full volume in my white Chevy van, feel like a "raggare" (*) but with more modern beats oozing out of the window.
The Sword is an American heavy metal band that formed in Austin, Texas, in 2003. Since its inception the band has comprised vocalist and guitarist John "J. D." Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt and bassist Bryan Richie, and since October 2011 has included drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III. Originally signed to New York-based independent label Kemado Records, the group released debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which was largely written by Cronise prior to the band's formation. The band's second album, Gods of the Earth, was released two years later.
In 2010 the band released Warp Riders, a concept album centered on an original science fiction narrative written by Cronise, which marked the first time someone other than the frontman had produced one of The Sword's records. After leaving Kemado and signing with Razor & Tie in early 2012, the group is due to release its fourth album Apocryphon later in the year (the first to feature Jimmy Vela).
The band has Black Sabbath as a major influence, in addition to doom trio Sleep, sludge band the Melvins, thrash veterans Slayer, and heavy metal icons Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, among others.
Todays tune "Tres Brujas" ("Three Witches") is a song featured on their 2010 third studio album Warp Riders. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist John "J. D." Cronise and guitarist Kyle Shutt, the song was released on June 6, 2010. The single's cover, in response to Warp Riders ' new more progressive rock leanings, is an homage to the 1972 Yes album Close to the Edge. The tune is "full of kick-ass riffs".
The song title "Tres Brujas", which takes its name from the story of the Three Witches from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, was first single from Warp Riders and would also be the first in a trilogy of music videos continuing with "Lawless Lands" and "Night City".
* Raggare (a Swedish word roughly corresponding to the English term "pick-up artist", i.e., a person seeking sexual contact with someone) is a subculture found mostly in Sweden and parts of Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. Raggare are related to the greaser subculture and are known for their love of hot rod cars and 1950s American pop culture.
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Listen to ”The Sword - Tres Brujas" on Spotify here!