By Jamila Pomeroy
June 15th, 2018
The Sword pierced through The Venue this Wednesday, and and while their new album may be called Used Furniture, this isn’t the quiet book reading music your grandma’s couch is used to. Touring their first studio album in three years, there was a serious sense of anticipation in the crowd. Used Furniture could be closely compared to the bands last album, High Country, in that it moves at a slower pace than previous albums; something you could could listen to over beers, a campfire, and a sunset. This is moreso a heavier rock album, that could be compared to the likes of All Them Witches – also from the southern US. While it lacks the fast-tempo, power, and driven sound of previous albums, it may in fact be more approachable to a wider audience, featuring some newly added southern charm.
In comparison to previous shows, the fan base was not exclusive to the metal crowd. Off in the distance, stood two girls in some fresh white converse, rocking flowery dresses; they share this is their first “heavy” show, and that Used Furniture has been “the gateway drug” to metal for them. There was a clear sense of new fans, but as soon as John. D and Kyle Shutt began playing riffs leaning towards the bands original sound, there were a few flying beer cans and air guitars. This is when the assumed new fan base stepped back at the crows intensity; in fear, or amazement- who knows.
Closing your eyes to songs like “The Wild Sky” you can almost picture the intenseness depicted on the cover of The Wild Sky; a blue and grey hued lightning storm, with a vehicle driving on what looks like snow or a salt field. While there are new musically dynamic drum fills by Jimmy Vela lll, and the classic rolling bass of Bryan Richie, there is a clearly felt meditative quality; humming in the undertones of the music. Comparatively, classics like “Cloak Of Feathers” off of Apocryphon or “Iron Swan” off of Age of Winters, feature as The Sword fan anthems, creating waves of head banging, hair-swaying ripples – electric riffage, almost paralyzing.The Sword, Venue