For only two bucks, you could be the owner of the first new Sword single in 32 years. The Quebec band made up of Rick and Dan Hughes, Mike LaRock, and Mike Plant have not released a new song since 1988’s Sweet Dreams. Yes, that’s all four original members, intact and back for Round Two. Don’t say nothing good came from 2020! New Sword — betcha didn’t see that coming.
Sword reverted straight to their trash roots on “In Kommand”, a blitzkrieg of a tune with all the necessary goods: riffs, chugs, and heavy drum blasts. It would have been among Sword’s heaviest songs if it was on one of their older albums. How have they not aged? Over the course of 32 years, it is usually the singer who has changed the most. Rick Hughes can still get the job done, even throwing in some screams for old times’ sake. Incidentally, Mike Plant has never gotten his due as a lead guitarist either, and it’s like he hasn’t skipped a beat since 1988. If there is only one highlight to “In Kommand”, it is the guitar playing of Mike Plant.
According to Rick Hughes, there is an album coming. They have Dave Ellefson and Combat Records behind them. “In Kommand” will have to tide us over until then, but things are sounding good so far. While Sword albums have always been diverse with an assortment of different kinds of heavy, this track is a good sign. It means they can still do what the fans expect. If “In Kommand” is anything to judge by, we have an excellently heavy Sword album in our futures.
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