Still, such trans-market relocation has opened the genre to some righteous new bands, the Sword foremost among them. The Austin quartet boasts a mudsucking bottom section that drains lifeblood like a lamprey in hot water, along with a love of both spiraling midrange riffs and half-speed chugging, playing live like a southern beast breathing volume. Opener Trivium throws twisted power-riffs and naked, pounding bass lines like they're a dime a dozen. They kind of are.
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