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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 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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Black Cobra Announces Headlining Tour

Black Cobra has just confirmed a headlining tour immediately following the band's previously announced tour supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword this November into December. Black Cobra's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, 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
12/07/2011 Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
12/08/2011 Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT
12/09/2011 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
12/10/2011 Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ More...

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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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