With Tornahdo, Eagle Claw, Fresh Millions, Zorch and Burn the Boats, 8 p.m. Saturday, January 1, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or www.fitzlivemusic.com.
Two thousand ten was quite a year for young Austin metal-lords The Sword. After a two-year recording layoff, the band released its third album, Warp Riders. Then powerful drummer Trivett Wingo left the group due to exhaustion and anxiety just days after the Sword played the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Since 2003, the band has been on the forefront of stoner beard-metal, although lately they have been moving into more Thin Lizzy-textured areas in both lyrics and riffs, as in Warp Riders' "Night City" and "Tres Brujas." Touring the world with the likes of Metallica for a great deal of 2008 and 2009 probably played no small part in the band's newfound shine. This show should be a perfect, aural hair-of-the-dog bill for New Year's night, with like-minded locals Venomous Maximus, Black Congress and Omotai coming in for support. Like a wise man once said, sleep and sobriety are overrated.