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Prior to the show we walked over to the Pine Box, a funeral home turned bar with a great selection of beers on tap. They also have a nice selection of wood fired pizza on the menu, so we did a little bit of pre-show beer and pizza indulgence. We were joined for the beer and pizza portion of the night by my lady, and later by Mike, the third person in our concert going party. The Sword show would be Mike's first metal concert, which was exciting.
Having little interest in either of the opening bands, we hung out at the Pine Box sipping beers until about 9:30, and then walked over to the venue to see when The Sword would hit the stage. It turned out we had about another hour to kill, so we walked to another nearby bar which you can see in this awesome video. After more beers for Justin and Mike (none for me...I'm a total light weight!) we made to into the venue just as the second opening act was finishing up their set.
We scored a decent spot on the floor about 20 feet back from the stage and held firm as bodies jostled for position while the roadies set up for The Sword. The dudes came on just a few minutes shy of 11pm and proceeded to shred steadily for an hour, often launching directly into the next song immediately after finishing up the previous one. They provided a nice mix of songs from their new album Apocryphon with songs from past albums. What impressed me the most with The Sword was that all their material translates amazingly well to the live show. Their music inspired a lot of headbanging and even a fairly large mosh-pit for a Seattle crowd.
With a solid hour of playing under their belt, The Sword left the stage only to return a couple minutes later for a three-song encore. All told, it was a very impressive performance from The Sword and I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to see them live with a good crew of friends to share the experience. If you haven't yet experienced The Sword they are definitely worth a listen, and if you are a fan, then I strongly suggest seeing them live. They rocked.