Reunited SWORD Plays First Show In More Than 20 Years; Photos, Video Footage Available

Reunited '80s Montreal power metallers SWORD (not to be confused with Texas-based luminaries THE SWORD) played their first show in more than 20 years on July 8 in La Baie, Quebec, Canada, in front of a select few hundred screaming fans. According to the Capitale du Metal web site, "The show lasted for 90 minutes and featured flawless interpretations of the band's catalogue, with all four members in great shape."

Photos of the concert can be found at CapitaleDuMetal.com.

Fan-filmed video footage of the "Evil Spell" performance from the La Baie show is available below.

SWORD will play its second reunion show this tonight (Sunday, July 10) at the Imperial Theater in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada as the support for act for ANNIHILATOR's first show in North America since 1993.

SWORD was formed in early 1985 by brothers Rick Hughes (vocals) and Dan Hughes (drums), guitarist Mike Plant, and bassist Mike Larock. After signing with local label Aquarius Records, the band released its debut album, "Metalized", in 1986 and a follow-up effort, "Sweet Dreams", in 1987.

SWORD never made much headway south of the border and split up soon after the release of its sophomore album.

SWORD's sound was previously described as "a muscular brand of classic metal with tasteful riffs and solos by Plant and infectious shout-along choruses."

Rick Hughes released a solo album in 2006 entitled "Train D'Enfer".

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