From right here in Richmond, VA and formerly known as simply Sword (whose sole release was titled "Lord by Fire"), Lord by Fire's debut under their new name is this self-titled 7" on Forcefield Records, so... as far as I know, this actually marks the band's first recorded output since the summer of 2005!? With just two tracks in 10 minutes it's over all too soon, but the band's approach to dark, dingy, "doomy" rock/metal remains intact with the added bonus of an absolutely awesome recording that's loaded with warm, natural tones and plenty of crisp breathing room that allows all of the subtle intricacies of the elements' textures to shine through perfectly. Expect hoarse, strained shouts over an assortment of pounding midpaced power chords; choppy, chugging rhythms; sludgy, textured grooves; and occasional layers of searing feedback. It's neither too rocked out nor too overly aggressive and in your face, and that balance works out quite nicely for the end result. Hopefully some more material is on the way sooner than later!