The Sword recalls classic rock and classical-era mythology 

The Sword
6:30 p.m., Sunday, Main stage

The Sword sounds exactly like you'd expect an Austin metal outfit inspired by Norse mythology to sound: heavy, hazy and lyrically verbose.

A throwback to early metal heavies like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, The Sword slogs like The Melvins and riffs like Slayer. Critics and fans loved its 2006 debut, "Age of Winters," which included a song picked up for the "Guitar Hero II" video game.

After the quartet's sophomore release, 2008's "Gods of the Earth," which found a spot on the Billboard 200 chart, Metallica invited The Sword to join its European and American tours. "The Black River," a track off "Gods," also became a game song on "Guitar Hero: Metallica."

The Sword spent a month in the studio writing its new album, "Warp Riders," which will likely drop sometime in the late summer. It was written by Sword singer/songwriter John "J.D." Cronise, who penned a sci-fi concept album that even bassist Bryan Richey has a hard time explaining.

"To play the raddest bass parts, I don't necessarily need to know what's going on," he said. "Joe Wertz

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