Stoned Again with Sword from Metalized (Canadian Metal)
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a young rock fan (who shall remain anonymous). This young rock fan has been raised proper and has good taste in music, so these conversations are usually a pleasure with both trading ideas. In this conversation, the young rock fan asked me if I have ever heard of The Sword. “Well, hell yeah”, I said. He went on to show me a couple of videos on YouTube. As the songs played, I relized that The Sword is not the same as Sword, which is what I was thinking. I didn’t say anything (who wants to look like a dumbass?) and went on to listen to these songs. I was impressed with THE SWORD. They are a stoner rock band from Texas with, as you could imagine, a lot of midieval imagery. Cool stuff, we’ll have more on them at a later time.
That conversation did bring back my memory of Sword, the Canadian power metal band from Canada that had some moderate success in the States during the mid to late 80’s and were really successful on the Canadian metal scene. I heard their first album, Metalized, and was blown away. The singer is a whaler… the guitarist is as metalic as you could imagine… the bass and drum hold that groove that make the songs hang with you until they finished. The songs, very listenable, melodic, and interesting.
Stand out songs on their first album on Aquarius/Capital called Metalized are Stoned Again, F.T.W. (Follow the Wheel), End of the Night, and Evil Spell. The album as a whole is classic. Dave Mustane of Megadeth called this one of the greatest metal albums of all time. It is one of the best of the mid eighties. This album is tough to find. You can listen to most of the songs on Youtube. That’s not the best way, but if that’s all you got, that’s all you got. Find a CD, you will be glad you did. You may have better luck finding the best of collection and has a few of the tracks from Metalized.
Before the band called in quites they recorded two albums for Aquarius and toured with Metallica and some other top shelf bands. Thanks for the rock n’ roll. As for THE SWORD, they should cover Stoned Again.