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The Sword

Formed: 2003
From: Austin, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Sword News

Below is our complete The Sword news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Sword Gearing Up To Record Album

The Sword will commence recording a fifth album on March 16th, which will follow the 2012 release "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

The album will be produced by Adrian Quesada and is scheduled for a late Summer release, with worldwide touring to follow. In preparation for recording, the band is announcing a short run of four shows. The shows currently on sale are as follows:

Wed, March 11 - New Orleans, LA / One Eyed Jacks
Thu, March 12 - Monroe, LA / Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom
Fri, March 13 - Memphis, TN / 1884 Lounge
Sat, March 14 - Oklahoma City, OK / ACM Performance Lab

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The Sword Posts Lyric Video

The Sword has teamed up with Revolvermag.com to release a new lyric video for the track "The Hidden Masters."

Check out the clip, created by Kenneth Wilcox, in the player available below. The track comes off the band's latest album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

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The Sword Posts New Music Video

The Sword has released a new music video for the track "Cloak of Feathers," which can be viewed below or at Vevo.com here.

The song comes off latest album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here). The track listing is as follows:

1. The Veil of Isis
2. Cloak of Feathers
3. Arcane Montane
4. The Hidden Masters
5. Dying Earth
6. Execrator
7. Seven Sisters
8. Hawks and Serpents
9. Eyes of the Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon More...

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The Sword Announces New Tour Dates

The Sword will be going to the U.K. and Europe in June to play the major festivals in support of latest release, "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

Included in the 3 week run are appearances at the UK’s Download Festival, Nova Rock in Austria, Flame Fest in Italy, Earthshaker Days in Switzerland, Hellfest in France, Azkena Rock in Spain, Graspop in Belgium, Metal Town in Sweden, and Roskilde in Denmark.

Off day headline shows will be performed in Germany, France, Spain, and Luxembourg. Two shows in Holland will be in support of Clutch. Full details are as follows: More...

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Rocklahoma Lineup Revealed

The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT at this location.

Rocklahoma - presented by Bud Light - will celebrate its seventh year May 24th, 25th, and 26th with a lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The lineup is available below.

Thursday, May 23 (AXiS Campground Stage):

Triple 7, Bruce Flea, Searching for Sanity, Sleepwalking Home, Motortrain, Baron, Von Swagger, Rocker Lips, Drek, Kingshifter

Friday, May 24:

Guns N’ Roses, Bush, Papa Roach, Device, Ratt, All That Remains, Clutch, Escape The Fate, The Sword, Otherwise, Zero Crossing, Down & Dirty, The Last Vegas, Hessler, Bai Bang, Ruff Justice, London’s Dungeon, Fist of Rage, The Summit, Wanton Looks, Kicktree, Shotgun Rebels, The Kul, Mine Enemies Fall More...

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Clutch Announces Second Leg Of North American Tour

With less than a month remaining before the release of Clutch's new album "Earth Rocker," the band is pleased to announce the second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour.

Leg two kicks off May 1st in Richmond, VA and will run through May 26th in San Antonio, TX. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize. Tickets go on sale to fan club members Wednesday February 27th and for the general public Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd.

We also recently chatted up Clutch's Dan Maines about the impending live run, check out the full interview right here. The band's upcoming tour dates are: More...

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Rock On The Range Band Lineup Announced

American rock festival Rock On The Range - which has expanded to three days this year - will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. Pre-sale tickets are available at this location.

The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We're really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.” More...

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The Sword Video Interview Available

The Rock it Out! blog has posted a new video interview with Austin, Texas act The Sword. Check out the video below, in which the band members discuss new album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here), why they don't want South By Southwest in Austin anymore, and the "Tears of Fire" hot sauce.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day Two

Red Fang drew my attention first during day two. Contrary to their name, Red Fang’s bite energized rather than paralyzed the crowd. Although they came from the land of fog and towering trees of Oregon, their riffs were the size of Texas and filled with a gritty quality not unlike the festival’s dusty, trodden paths. Their catchy rhythms, guitar solos and drum fills grabbed the modestly sized audience and injected groove into their stoned bones. With prior SXSW appearances, Red Fang has become a well-recognized force in Austin’s festival circuit. Make sure to check these guys out on their touring supporting the “Murder the Mountains” album.


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Lonely Kamel To Support The Sword

Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin is extremely excited to announce that Lonely Kamel will support label colleagues The Sword on an upcoming European tour. The Sword's new album "Apocryphon" can be pre-ordered right here. Dates for the tour are as follows:

06.01.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
07.01.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC 2
08.01.13 UK – Manchester / Academy 3
09.01.13 UK – Bristol / Fleece
10.01.13 UK – London / Underworld
12.01.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
13.01.13 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
14.01.13 DE – Cologne / Underground
15.01.13 DE – Berlin / Magnet
16.01.13 DE – Hamburg / Logo
18.01.13 SE - Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
19.01.13 SE - Stockholm / Debaser
21.01.13 FI - Helsinki / Tavastia
22.01.13 FI - Tampere / Klubi
24.01.13 NO - Oslo / John Dee
25.01.13 SE - Karlstad / Rockbaren
26.01.13 SE - Malmö / Debaser
27.01.13 DK - Copenhagen / Little Vega

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Eagle Claw Releasing New Album

Austin, TX band Eagle Claw will release its sophomore album "Timing of the Void" on October 30th via ECH Records. The follow up to the group's 2010 debut "Poacher," "Timing of the Void" was recorded at Folkvang Studios and produced by Bryan Richie of fellow ATX metalheads The Sword.

Featuring eight monolithic tracks of the quartet's fist-raising "InstruMetal," the record's title and overarching theme is based on The Book of Five Rings, a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts written by Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645.

Immediately following the release of "Timing of the Void," Eagle Claw will hit the road for a U.S. tour as special guests of The Sword. The tour will launch on October 29th in Corpus Christi, TX and run through November 24th in Baton Rouge, LA. Dates are available below. More...

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The Sword Announces European Shows

The Sword will be coming to Europe in early 2013, with the first confirmed dates available below. The band's new album "Apocryphon" will be released on November 2nd and may be pre-ordered through Napalm Records here.

06.01.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
07.01.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC 2
08.01.13 UK – Manchester / Academy 3
09.01.13 UK – Bristol / Fleece
10.01.13 UK – London / Underworld
12.01.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
13.01.13 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
14.01.13 DE – Cologne / Underground
15.01.13 DE – Berlin / Magnet
16.01.13 DE – Hamburg / Logo

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FFF 2012 Announces Day Lineup Schedule

AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 5, 2012) – FUN FUN FUN FEST announced today the daily schedule for the 7th annual festival with Single Day Tickets now on sale for the Fest to be held November 2-4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin.

Recently reunited legendary hip-hop outfit Run-D.M.C will headline opening night, along with performances from Santigold, seminal L.A. punk group X, Dillon Francis and Twin Sister. Saturday night will feature Girl Talk, Johnny Lydon’s PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky, Diamond Rugs and more. Closing out the final day of the Fest are sets by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Turbonegro, Etienne De Crecy, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Check out the complete schedule by day with performance times below. More...

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The Sword Announces New Album Release

The new The Sword album "Apocryphon" will be released via Napalm Records in Europe. The band’s fourth longplayer will hit the streets on November 2nd and features cover art by comic book artists J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). The new songs were produced and mixed by J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox). The Sword will embark on a worldwide tour in support of "Apocryphon."

In other news, The Sword will appear Monday, September 3rd at 9 PM ET/PT on Travel Channel’s show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - The Final Tour. The show was shot in March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW music festival. A brief clip from the show can be viewed below.

In this episode, The Sword introduces Bourdain to the band's branded hot sauce “Tears of Fire.” The sauce is also available for sale right here. More...

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Bands Talk Most Metal Way To Celebrate The 4th

The Metal Injection team was on hand at the Orion Fest, and with the Independence Day holiday today in the United States, they asked members of Red Fang, The Sword, Black Tusk, The Black Dahlia Murder, Baroness, Charred Walls of the Damned, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Thy Will Be Done and Don Jamison about the most metal way to celebrate America's birthday. Check out the video clip below or over at Metal Injection here. More...

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Red Fang Updates North American Tour Schedule

Portland Oregon's Red Fang is in the midst of wrapping up a European tour, and before heading back state-side the band is pleased to announcea new batch of North American tour dates. Included in this run are headlining shows as well as shows serving as direct support to The Sword. All tour dates can be found below.

Red Fang will be headlining "A Benefit For Grant High Art Department" scheduled to take place Friday May 25th at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR. Support will come from Lopez, Nether Regions, and Grant High's own Hell's Parrish. Doors for the show at are 7:00 pm with the first band hitting the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for the show here. More...

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The Sword Announces Warm Up Shows For Orion Fest

The Sword has announced six warm up shows routing to the Orion Music and More Festival in Atlantic City on June 23rd from their home base of Austin, Texas. Following the Orion Festival appearance, the band will commence recording their debut CD for Razor & Tie, scheduled for release in the fall.

The dates for the warm up shows are:

June 17 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds -
June 18 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Parish
June 19 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
June 20 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
June 21 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
June 22 - Westchester, PA - The Note

Direct support on all shows will be Red Fang. Honky will open the shows in Houston and New Orleans and Kyng will open the shows in Atlanta, Raleigh, Baltimore, and Westchester.

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The Sword Signs with Razor & Tie

New York, NY) – The Sword has signed a new, multi-album worldwide deal with New York City based label, Razor & Tie. After releasing three critically acclaimed albums on Kemado Records, the Austin TX based quartet featuring guitarist/vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and new drummer Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III will commence recording their fourth album in late June with a projected release date of fall 2012. More...

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Metallica To Host Its Own Festival In June

Following several cryptic announcements on its Facebook page, Metallica went on live stream today to say that the band will be hosting its very own music fest this year in New Jersey. "Orion Fest," the name of the new music festival, will be hosted in Atlantic City on June 23rd and 24th.

The event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. More than just music, the festival will also showcase the band's individual interests - and allow fans to interact directly with each of the band members. Orion Fest will be held at the decomissioned airstrip Bader Field and was chosen because of the equidistant nature of it from L.A. and Europe, and the proximity to Atlantic City lodging. Metallica plans to headline both nights, confirming the following acts for the festival already:

Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers

Metallica will be playing the "Black" album in full one night and "Ride The Lightning" in full the next night. Visit the Orion Music site for more information.

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The Sword Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of The Sword performing the songs "Night City" (taken from the "Warp Riders" album reviewed here) and "Sea of Spears" live in Denver, CO on October 4th, 2011. You can check out the clips below.


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