The Sword

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Making of the Phoenix Metal Scene: A Peek at the Men and Women Behind the Curtain

    There's a lot to love within our fiery little corner of the rock and metal industry. We've thelped breed some pretty legendary bands, like Sacred Reich, Flotsam and Jetsam, Job for a Cowboy, and Alice Cooper, to name a few. We have dozens of brutally talented underground bands, from melodic death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Top 5 Concerts in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

    Hear that? It's the clock counting down the hours until your weekend begins and it's nearing the magic moment known as quitting time. To help the time pass more quickly, you might consider what it is you'll actually be doing during the next couple days and nights of work-free bliss. Luckily, if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Eight Metal Bands That Killed It at Rock on the Range; See Three in Phoenix Soon

    Founded in 2007, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range has become one of heavy metal's largest events, and every year, it just gets bigger and better. As Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach said in an interview: "As far as rock festivals in America go, Rock on the Range in No. 1 in my book. Straight f****n e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix

    We're lucky in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall venues, which, in most enthusiasts' opinion, are the best places to see a great show. Especially when it comes to hard rock and metal. We're not talking Slayer gigs with $45,000 worth of pyrotechnics, or the kind of places th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Digging Up Heavy Metal's Country Roots

    I have always been one of those metal heads that claims to listen to all musical genres--except for country. But in the past year, I've realized that classic country songs, with their imagery and energy, are pretty hard to dislike. Take David Allan Coe's "If That Ain't Country Part II," for example. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Top Metal Festivals of 2013

    When the lineup for Rock on the Range was announced last week, a flurry of emails between myself and three other of my fellow chick metal journalists/enthusiasts ensued regarding flights, hotels, and tickets. We had all attended the weekend festival together in 2012, and relished the thought of a he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2012

    The Sword, Club Red, 12/14/12

    The Sword @ Club Red|12/14/12Valley metal heads got one the their last doses of heavy riffs and shredding guitar solos this year when Austin sci-fi enthusiasts The Sword played to a packed house last night at Club Red. By 9:00 -- well before the band were scheduled to perform -- a lengthy line of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Sword's J.D. Cronise: "All Rock Is Stoner Rock"

    Austin metal quartet The Sword has gone through some significant changes since the release of 2010's Warp Riders, a high-concept album taking place on the halves of a fictional planet each locked in eternal day and nighttime. They replaced their drummer, signed to a new label, and toned their earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Green Day, The Sword, Dethklok, and More Just Announced Shows

    See also: Green Day's New Song "Epic as F*ck"? Not Even Close. See also: Throwback Thursday: Green Day's DookieWhen I was told by my editor to allow some room for a Green Day blurb, my first thought was "How awesome! It's like getting to write about how a former love stole my televison and left me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    New in Mesa: Cornish Pasty Co.

    Here at New Times, we've long been vocal about our love for the Cornish Pasty Co., and how we wished the popular Tempe eatery would serve its savory, flaky English pies all across the Valley. And guess what? They just opened a second location in Mesa last Saturday. The place look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Future Shock: Horns up, Metallica is coming

    By Martin Cizmar Some cool new shows announced this week, including Metallica with Austin’s The Sword and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo’s band Down, who will bustle the shit out of your hedgerow. Metallica Tuesday, Oct. 21 Metallica released a new album this week (see earlier blog item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    National Music News: Metallica takes its show on the road, Jackson Browne takes John McCain to court, and more

    While I took the weekend off to run away to Sedona and celebrate my birthday, several stories unfolded in national music news. Read on for the skinny about Metallica’s upcoming Phoenix concert, Jackson Browne’s lawsuit against presidential hopeful John McCain, and more.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    Judas Priest singer Rob Halford schedules a meet-and-greet in Phoenix, and gives us some candid Q&A

    There’s little dispute that Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is the Metal God. Since 1974, Judas Priest has sold more than 9 million albums in the U.S. alone, not to mention the success of Halford’s other bands, Halford and Fight. The British-born Phoenix resident is named as a vocal influence by ... More >>