Giving you the music a day early:
The last time Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword visited central Arkansas, it was to open for Metallica in November 2008 at what was then Alltel Arena. But before that, heavy metal worshipers got to see the band storm Vino’s in June 2008. For fans who missed the two shows, The Sword is returning to central Arkansas with a show at Juanita’s. It’s an all-ages show with an early Sunday evening start time of 8 p.m. Cover is $10. The band is classic heavy metal — hard-hitting, powerhouse rhythms, mythical imagery and blazing guitar solos — and released its third album, Warp Riders, in August.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Canadian post-grunge rockers Nickelback return to Verizon Arena. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the music at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $46.50, $59.50 and $69.50. The band was named Billboard’s Group of the Decade and kicked off 2010 by performing at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics while continuing to tour on their Dark Horse World Tour. Appearing with Nickelback is Canadian alternative rock band Three Days Grace and Los Angeles glam rockers Buckcherry.
Cleveland’s Mushroomhead — They wear masks with X-face logos and play hard-hitting music combining alternative metal with industrial electronica. And it’s this masked-avengers, hard-charing rock that the group will bring to Downtown Music with Toronto metal outfit Final Trigger, Fort Wayne, Ind., metal act Koheleth and Philadelphia metal quartet Stygian. Tickets for the show are $18 in advance and $22 day of show with the music starting at 8 p.m. and doors opening at 7 p.m.
Here’s The Sword with “How Heavy This Axe”: