IN FLAMES & THE SWORD
In Flames/The Sword :: 12.06.2006 :: Electric Factory :: Philadelphia, PA
While it was Seemless and Lacuna Coil who taxied the runway, the night truly took off when Austin’s The Sword stepped out to pummel eardrums with their own style of thick doom metal. These scruffy lads rained down the stoner rock brimstone with the shrill vocals of lead singer J.D. Cronise working Medieval mysticism on the breezy “Winters Wolves” and Southern boogie on “Freya.” With Orange Amps towering behind them, The Sword jammed out without meandering too far, with burly bass lines from Bryan Richie and drum licks from Trivett Wingo (coolest name ever). “Lament for the Aurochs” was a killer excursion with guitarist Kyle Shutt‘s hair covering the front of his face like Cousin It. “March of the Lor,” an instrumental number, thrust the audience back into The Sword’s hypnotic vortex. If Saruman’s army of Orcs had The Sword as their official marching band in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy they might’ve been victorious.
Singer Anders Friden‘s dreadlocks whipped around like Medusa’s snakes to the set opener “Pinball Map” off of their milestone, 2000’s Clayman. They wasted no time diving head first into the thrash-oriented “Leeches,” with the crowd raising their fists and shouting, “It burns/ It rips/ It hurts” in a sonorous unison.
Favorites like “Cloud Connected” and “Only for the Weak” were played before closing out the night with the harmonious “Take this Life” and “My Sweet Shadow.” In Philly, In Flames lived up to their rep of being one of the hardest working bands in music today.
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