Philly was overflowing with doomy metal goodness as The Sword ripped through town with support from Serpent Throne and Sunburster at the Underground Arts venue. Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture this raucous event in photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold.
The Sword is currently supporting its fourth studio album, Apocryphon, that was released in the US via NY label, Razor & Tie at the end of 2012 with a European presence thanks to the German-based label, Napalm Records. The J. Robbins produced record has seen The Sword tour with the likes of Gypsyhawk, Clutch, DragonForce, and scores of notable festival appearances including 2013’s Hellfest in Clisson, France with dozens of other top metal talents. These road-weathered doom rockers also found time to release their own hot sauce, Tears of Fire, which you can wash down with The Sword’s own line of craft beers including, Winter’s Wolves Beer and Iron Swan. There was no shortage of brew or rowdy concert-goers on this freezing Winter evening in Philly that The Sword took by storm. Be sure to check out the new lyric video below for The Sword‘s “The Hidden Maters” track, featured on Apocryphon.
Main support was provided the instrumental crushers in Serpent Throne, who proceeded to decimate eardrums as the band still rides the underground success from their fourth release, Brother Lucifer. The Obelisk commented on this latest musical offering and continued 70s worship, stating, “Brother Lucifer stands as a testament to their prowess as songwriters in constructing varied, memorable cuts that work impeccably well together in crafting a full-length vibe. Serpent Throne consistently prove a band not to be ignored.” And it’s safe to say no one could ignore the thunderous tunes delivered by Serpent Throne on this evening. With all members now residing in the Philadelphia area, it’s a safe bet you’ll be seeing more of Serpent Throne on BTS in the coming months.
Rounding out this radical show package were the heavy riff mongrels in Sunburster who are also celebrating a 2013 release, SolarBipolar, which has amassed a considerable amount of critical and fanfare praise over the past few months. NoCleanSinging.com commented on the EP saying, “This is the kind of music that will give your neck muscles a real workout while dosing you with a narcotic addictiveness that will pull you back for another hit, and another.” The crowd on this particular evening seemed to be in complete agreement as heads banged to the pummeling riffs that pulled more and more bodies to the front of the stage as the set continued. Be sure to snag this radical three-song diddy from Indian Teeth Records.
All photos by Blow The Scene Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)