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The Sword

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

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The Sword Reveals New Drummer

American heavy metal outfit The Sword has revealed that Santiago "Jimmy" Vela will be their permanent drummer from now on. Vela will be performing with the group on their forthcoming tour dates, which will be their last in support of their most recent album, "Warp Riders."

The tour dates are as follows:

November 8 - Eskimo Joe's - Stillwater, OK
November 15 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
November 16 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
November 17 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
November 18 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
November 19 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
November 21 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR (with YOB)
November 22 - Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA (with YOB)
November 23 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
November 26 - Flames Central - Calgary, AB
November 27 - Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 29 - Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
November 30 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
December 1 - Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
December 2 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
December 3 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
December 5 - The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
December 6 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
December 7 - Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
December 8 - Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT
December 9 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
December 10 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ

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Kyuss Lives! Again in Austin

Edgar Allen Poe died broke and mad—his creative genius never realized until after his death. It seems Kyuss’ influence wasn’t felt until after its demise. Fortunately for the group, these desert rockers didn’t have to literally die to make an impact. Sixteen years after disbanding, Kyuss has returned and judging by the massive gathering inside Stubb’s 2,000-plus-capacity amphitheater, their popularity has snowballed during this time.

I have nothing for comparison because I didn’t catch Kyuss during the first part of the nineties—their active years. If the few patrons I spoke to were a microcosm of the Kyuss live experience, most of the thirty-something crowd were also unable to catch them the first time around. Waiting fifteen years and wishing the group would get back together may be cause for such a large gathering, but the group’s status as the forerunners of the stoner rock movement, a hot trend in the modern rock scene, probably has something to do with the turnout.

The popularity of Josh Homme’s bands, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures may have also led many to hear Homme’s trademark guitar play in Kyuss. This would explain, in part, the large number of younger fans. Some of these youngsters came with their parents, as seen by the fans standing next to us. Homme wasn’t on hand and the group came out as Kyuss Lives!, but this didn’t seem to affect attendance numbers or crowd reaction.

New comers MonstrO warmed up an unassuming crowd. Consisting of Torche, Danzig and ex-Blood Simple members, these Georgians (and one Floridian) were a good fit for Kyuss Lives! stoner rockin’ style. Performing in front of the headliner’s backdrop, which depicted a silhouette of a hawk or raven soaring in the shadow of a multi-hued sun, MonstrO kicked out six or seven tunes of a varying nature.

Bevan Davies' drum play produced a big thud. It’s no wonder he has pounded skins for Danzig. The group’s grainy guitar sound brought to mind Kyuss, an influence bassist Kyle Sanders made known during an interview prior to the show.

Some of MonstO’s songs referenced early nineties grunge, ala Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. The song “Pyro” related an obvious Alice in Chains groove (William DuVall of Alice in Chains produced their current, debut album), while Charlie Suarez nailed down the melodious, skyward voice of Chris Cornell. MonstrO didn’t bring down the house, but their half-hour performance surely gained them a bigger fan base. More...

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Kyuss Lives! Adds More U.S. Tour Dates

Kyuss Lives!, featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, has announced a handful of additional U.S. tour dates. These new shows are as follows:

November 18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
December 7 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
December 8 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
December 9 Long Island, NY Paramount
December 10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont

KYUSS LIVES! will take the stage in New Orleans, Houston, Austin and Dallas, TX this week. Footage of the band rocketing into its set at NYC's Terminal 5 -- with its hit "Gardenia" -- this past Friday night (September 23) can be viewed below:

KYUSS LIVES! has made special fan VIP upgrade packages available which will allow concert goers to both connect with the band personally and collect rare KYUSS LIVES! merchandise

Here's the complete list of remaining KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates: More...

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Black Cobra To Support Kyuss Lives!

San Francisco duo Black Cobra has just been confirmed as support for Kyuss Lives!, featuring drummer Brant Bjork, vocalist John Garcia and bassists Nick Oliveri (US dates) and Scott Reeder (Canada dates) of Kyuss. The second leg of Kyuss Lives! dates will kick off mid-November, and in addition to Black Cobra, will feature The Sword as direct support. YOB will also join in the festivities on the Portland and Seattle dates of the excursion. At press time there are 14 shows confirmed, but several more are being added to the routing and will be disbursed to the public in the days ahead. Details are as follows:

9/22/2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre – Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
12/01/2011 Turner Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
12/02/2011 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
12/03/2011 Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
12/05/2011 The Palace Theater – Greensburg, PA
12/06/2011 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

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The Sword Makes Secret Apperance in Austin

Grilled Burgers, Corona and a handful of all-American rock n roll were on the agenda for this year’s 4th of July celebration. The only Independence Day fixture mixing from this equation was fireworks, and due to unrelenting drought, Austinites would have to drive to a satellite community to participate in that tradition. The Spider House Café played host to these festivities. Billed as the “Summer of Sam,” the bill featured a variety of acts of varying style.

For the most part, “Summer of Sam” was a two-stage local band festival. The Sword is a national powerhouse, but still an Austin-based group. The club kept The Sword’s performance on the down low, printing a TBA special guest on the show’s flyer. By far the most popular metal/hard rock act in Austin, most of The Sword’s shows often sell out, so this word-of-mouth performance kept the small club from bulging at the seems, although the group still played to a packed house.

Situated near the campus of University of Texas (hook ‘em Horns), the Spider House Café features an indoor and outdoor stage and an outdoor patio that seems to never end. The event kicked off outdoors around 3 PM. An outdoor bar provided beer to wash down the smoker-grilled hamburgers. The burgers were the school-cafeteria-bulk variety, but costing a dollar a sandwich, nobody complained about the quality.

Arriving around 5 PM, my introduction to the outdoor stage came in the form of electro goth rockers Troller. The guy/girl combo merged vocals amidst heavenly tones of ethereal electronica. One patron told me the beautiful female vocals reminded him of the beautiful-but-deadly song of the mythical Siren. TA of Hod and Ancient VVisdom hailed the group’s music as “fuck music.” I couldn’t disagree with either of those descriptions. I don’t often see goth bands, so their performance was a nice change of pace. According to the band’s Myspace page, Troller is brand new. I expect to see their names on flyers for Austin’s goth-industrial club, Elysium. More...

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:

Sunday, July 24:

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Kyuss Lives! Planning U.S. Tour

KYUSS LIVES!, the band featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, will unleash their desert rock fury on the U.S. for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group's sold out spring European tour, which has proven to be a feast of recognition for the band. Due to unprecedented demand, the legendary musicians have announced two very special U.S. shows to take place this fall in New York and California. Openers The Sword will get each evening started.

KYUSS LIVES! U.S. live dates:

September 23 New York, NY Terminal 5 (tickets HERE )
October 8 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater (tickets HERE)

Additional KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Sword Releases New Music Video

Austin, Texas based heavy metal outfit The Sword has posted their new music video online for the song, "Night City." You can check it out below. The song comes from their critically acclaimed latest album, "Warp Riders," which was released last year. More...

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2011 "Heavy T.O." Festival Lineup Revealed

The official lineup has been announced for the first ever "Heavy T.O" festival, which is set to take place at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on July 23rd and 24th, 2011. The following acts have been announced thus far, with more expected to be announced shortly.

Rob Zombie
Billy Talent
Children Of Bodom
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
The Sword
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur

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The Sword To Embark On European Tour

Austin, Texas throwback metallers The Sword have revealed the dates for their forthcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/30 Bergen, NOR – Bergenfest
05/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Loppen
05/02 Berlin, GER – Magnet
05/03 Cologne, GER – Underground
05/04 Uden, NET – De Pul
05/06 Paris, FRA – La Flech D’or
05/07 Wuustewezel, BEL – Puntpop Festival
05/08 Southampton, UK – Joiners
05/09 Birmingham, UK – Academy III
05/10 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
05/11 Manchester, UK – Academy III
05/12 London, UK – Garage

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Opeth To Headline Bonnaroo Festival

Swedish progressive metal act Opeth has been confirmed to be one of the many headlining performers at the forthcoming edition of the Bonnaroo festival. Bonnaroo 2011 is set to take place between June 9-12, 2011 in Manchester, Tennessee. The final Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is set to feature 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages. Other announced bands set to appear include:


The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the diverse festival.

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The Sword Comments On Drummer Change

John Cronise, guitarist and vocalist for Austin, Texas metal act The Sword, recently spoke with the Dallas Observer newspaper and offered the following comments on the band's drummer situation:

"The transition has gone really well, but it was interesting because we had so many professional drummers with their own web sites — that we hadn't ever known — contacting us, asking to be in the band. That was really new for us. Luckily, we found a guy here in town that has played in other bands and was a friend of a friend, and it was just a normal situation, like when any of the other bands I've been in would find a new member. It's worked out awesome for us, so far."

You can also check out video footage of the band performing with new drummer Kevin Fender here.

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Saxon Announces Shows With The Sword

Saxon has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows in Australian alongside The Sword this coming March:

"We want to announce that Saxon is playing two side shows in Australia. One in Melbourne and one in Sydney. We will be supported by our American mates 'The Sword.' Some of you might know them from past Metallica's World Magnetic tour. See you in Australia."

You can check out the promotional poster for the shows at this location.

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The Sword Performs With New Drummer

Video footage of The Sword has been posted online featuring the band performing with its new drummer Kevin Fender. Fender replaces former Sword drummer Trivett Wingo who left the band due to anxiety issues while touring. You can view the video below:

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Karma To Burn To Resume Tour With The Sword

Stoner-rock institution Karma to Burn is hitting the road once again, resuming live dates for the postponed tour supporting The Sword in October. All tickets held from the previous, postponed dates will be honored. Here are the confirmed dates and venues:

12/1 - Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown
12/2 - Lanchester, PA @ Chameleon Club
12/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
12/4 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/5 - Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
12/6 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
12/8 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
12/9 - Huntington, WV @ V Club
12/10 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
12/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
12/12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/13 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
12/14 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
12/15 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
12/16 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s

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The Sword Posts New Music Video Online

American heavy metal group, The Sword has posted their new music video online for the song, "Lawless Lands." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's recent studio album, "Warp Riders," which has been receiving positive feedback from fans and critics alike.

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The Sword Live Footage Posted Online

Video footage has surfaced online of The Sword performing at the Austin City Limits 2010 festival on October 8th, 2010. The show was also the final performance with former 'Sword drummer Trivett Wingo. The band performed the track "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire" which is taken from its 2010 release Warp Riders. You can view the video below:

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The Sword Reschedules U.S. Tour Dates

Austin, Texas throwback metallers The Sword have revealed the dates for its rescheduled tour of the United States. Filling in on drums for the upcoming tour is Kevin Fender of the Texas hardcore act Employer, Employee. You can find a full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Nov. 27 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Nov. 28 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
Nov. 29 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Nov. 30 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Dec. 01 - Roanoke, VA - Martin's Downtown
Dec. 02 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Dec. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Dec. 04 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Dec. 05 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
Dec. 06 - Washington, DC - The 9:30 Club
Dec. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
Dec. 08 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Dec. 09 - Huntington, WV - V Club
Dec. 10 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
Dec. 11 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
Dec. 12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Dec. 13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Dec. 14 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
Dec. 15 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
Dec. 16 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's

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Karma To Burn Postpones U.S. Tour

Karma To Burn has issued the following brief announcement about postponing the band's previously scheduled U.S. tour dates with The Sword:

"US Tour with The Sword postponed. We're very sorry to announce that for reasons beyond the control of K2B that our US tour with The Sword has terminated early. The dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We're really sorry and hope to see you all soon."

Additional details on rescheduled dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Former 'Sword Drummer Comments On Split

The former drummer of throwback metallers The Sword, Trivett Wingo, has commented on his decision to split with the band after seven years. Trivett Wingo spoke with his hometown newspaper, The Austin Chronicle, and had the following to say:

"Not to get to specific, but my level of anxiety pertaining to being on tour got to the point where medication was not the answer. You can crunch valiums all the time, but at a certain point you have to ask yourself if you should just be staying at home. I had been medicating myself to be on tour, and I realized that psychiatric help wasn't the answer. I was very deeply unhappy. I didn't want to sedate myself and do something that I wasn't enjoying. I figured it was better for me to finally listen to my inner voice and strike out on my own. I wanted to finish it all. If I had known what point I would break, I wouldn't have planned anything beyond that, but I reached my own personal breaking point as far as my panic and anxiety. I was living in a mental hell. I think it was really starting to affect my performance as well. I really officially completely burned myself down to a nub."

The full interview can be read at this location.

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