Sword - Metalized (GWR Records) 1987
1. "F.T.W." (3:38)
Ever heard the expression, "they just don't write 'em like that any more?" Well, that is certainly the case with Sword's "Metalized". Back in '87 I was working at a record store in Rochester, NY when this album showed up in the 'just in' bins. I took a chance and bought a copy for myself. Upon the very first listen I thought Sword were a top notch heavy metal band and that record dominated my turn table for a long time. To this day, I still think that this disc is top notch and has withstood the test of time quite well. Perhaps Sword sound a tad like vintage Judas Priest, but for the most part they are just real heavy metal that is unpolluted by any other influences. No pop, no glam, no thrash, nothing but killer, aggressive vocals, screaming guitar solos, power chords, cannon-like drums, memorable hooks, and lyrics that leave you guessing. "Children of Heaven", "Stoned Again", "Outta Control" and "Evil Spell" all come to mind immediately as favorites, but "Metalized" is a solid slab of molten metal from beginning to end.