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The Sword Takes Different Thrust On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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The Sword took a different thrust in making its second album, “Gods of the Earth.”

The headbanging quartet from Austin, Texas, recorded its lauded 2006 debut, “Age of Winters,” in bass player Bryan Richie’s house. “I did my guitar tracks in his kitchen — it sounded really great in there,” recalls guitarist Kyle Shutt.

This time, however, the Sword made its way into Austin’s Folkvang Studios, although Shutt, 25, doesn’t feel it made the resulting “Gods of the Earth” any more polished than its predecessor.

“It’s dirty,” he says of the album’s lofi but high-impact sound. “A lot of my favorite records sound like that. But it really wasn’t anything too intentional. We just wanted to capture how our drums sound and how our guitars sound and everything.

“This way when you see us live, it’s like listening to the record — but really, really loud.”

The Sword, Torche and Stinking Lizaveta perform Tuesday (May 13) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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