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The Sword, March 14, Neurolux

The guitar is mightier in The Sword


The higher the ticket price at Neurolux, the more likely the show isn't a show--it's an experience. That is absolutely the case with Austin, Texas-based metal band The Sword.

The band's 2012 release Apocryphon (Razor & Tie) is brilliant and reflects the band members' maturity. In an interview with Rolling Stone, vocalist-guitarist J.D. Cronise said, "I think [Apocryphon] is more diverse musically. We're older dudes now ... we dialed back the aggression to a degree ... in favor of trying to write good songs." The tracks on Apocryphon are better than good, and like The Sword's other releases, transport a listener to another place and time; a world suggested by myth-laden lyrics: "You want to live for eternity / to see behind the veil / Everything comes around again / the serpent eats its tail."

Whatever the cost, taking a trip with The Sword is well worth the price.

With Big Business and O'Brother. 7 p.m., $18 advance, $20 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.,