The Sword—singer-guitarist John D. Cronise, bassist Bryan Richie, guitarist Kyle Shutt and drummer Jimmy Vela—have been making quality heavy metal since forming in Austin, Texas, in 2003. While some have labeled the band’s genre doom metal, stoner rock or even hipster metal, make no mistake, that influenced by Black Sabbath and Slayer, the Sword straight-up rock. They recently released their fourth LP, the acclaimed Apocryphon, which, with its increased focus on songwriting, is “more diverse musically…. It’s a little more a rock album than previous records,” says Cronise. And now the Sword (above, doing “Freya” at last year’s Bonnaroo) are out on the road, crisscrossing the country in support of their new LP. See them tomorrow night at Webster Hall. Just be ready to rock.