When The Sword formed in 2003, rock radio was in the dumps. Don't remind guitarist Kyle Shutt about it.
"All that was on radio then was Limp Bizkit, goddamned System of a Down, all that crap," Shutt said. "I always tell people that we became the band we wanted to see. There wasn't a go-to bad-ass melodic metal band with an actual singer."
When the band did come together, shows, success with albums and discussions with labels came naturally and quick, Shutt said.
"People were responding to us really well," he said.
In the 14 years since forming, The Sword has been a critical darling, has written a space-rock opus, has shared stages with Metallica and Clutch, and has seven albums under its belt, including the live album "Greetings From...," out Friday.
On Sunday, the band returns to Spanish Moon on a short tour in support of the live album before hooking back up with Clutch for an East Coast tour. Doors open for Sunday's show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance on ticketweb.com and $20 at the door.
True to the band's style, "Greetings From..." isn't a cash-grab. It's a tight nine-song set from a band that now knows a thing or two about dynamics and kicking major ass onstage.
"We never wanted to do some big, greatest hits, double-disc live thing," Shutt said. "Whenever we went out on tour with Opeth, we brought our own soundboard. We would just record every show, in case we catch some hot fire. For nine straight songs during this one night, we were on fire."
The live disc features songs from "Warp Riders," "High Country" and even the 2008 release "Gods of the Earth." But on the live album, you hear the band stepping out here and there, drawing out songs and having fun.
"A record is really only this moment in time," Shutt said, comparing the live experience with recording in the studio. "Going to see a band live is so much more fun if they mess around with their songs and let the songs continue to grow, and that's what we do. We're not the same band we were 10 years ago."
The Sword/Croy and the Boys
WHEN: Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
COST: $16 online, $20 at the door