Forged in Austin, Texas, The Sword is known for wielding fiery metal in its crusade to melt faces.
Counted among veterans like ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Metallica, the retro-metal revival band channels the genre's roots.
Singer John Cronise has called Britain's Led Zeppelin an early influence, and once told the Austin Chronicle Zeppelin's penchant for storytelling helped inspire his own interest in mythology.
The quartet first unsheathed its sound in 2006 on debut album Age of Winters, which paired crashing cymbals with frenetic guitar work. The record's early single, "Freya," paid tribute to the Norse god of the same name, with lyrics like "A sword of fire and an axe of cold / Vision of the Sibyl has foretold."
The opening track of the band's latest album, Apocryphon, evokes the Egyptian goddess Isis, patroness of nature and magic. The Sword will cut a path to Neurolux, Thursday, Dec. 6.