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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 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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The Sword Parts Ways With Drummer

Austin, Texas based heavy metal outfit The Sword has announced that they have amicably split with drummer Trivett Wingo. As a result of this, all of the band's scheduled tour dates have been cancelled.

A message from the band reads as follows: “We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band’s success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn’t be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and we'll be back on the road as soon as humanly possible.”

Wingo himself states: “It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can’t do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword.”

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Metallica Shakes Up Christchurch

Biggest metal band in the world, good friends and a 4 hour road trip – what more is needed? After pressure from a Facebook group of all things, Metallica decided to head down south for two dates on the final leg of the “World Magnetic Tour” in Christchurch, New Zealand, and I went to see what breath was left in the great four horsemen.

Supporting acts for the night were Christchurch locals Tainted, Texan band The Sword and metal luminaries Fear Factory. For the normal reasons (meeting people, searching for alcohol, parking, travel etc.), we turned up part way into the show when The Sword was just closing, so it's unfortunate I can't comment on the first two bands much. I've seen Tainted several times now (who plays a modern brand of Lamb of God styled groove metal), so I wasn't too disappointed there, but from what I heard from others, The Sword subdued a baying Metallica crowd well enough, taking the stage with "Hey... we're The Sword" and then blasting out some tunes. More...

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The Sword Posts "Tres Brujas" Video Online

Austin, Texas throwback metallers The Sword have posted their new music video for "Tres Brujas" online. The first single from their newly released "Warp Riders" album, the video is the first in a three part series of concepted videos to be released from the LP. The following videos in the series will be for the tracks "Lawless Lands,” and “Night City."

You can view the video below:


Tres Brujas

The Sword | MySpace Music Videos

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The Sword Streaming Entire Album

Texas metal outfit The Sword is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Warp Riders" online. All the tracks from the upcoming album can be heard via The Sword's MySpace page. "Warp Riders" is scheduled for release on August 24th and it's track listing is as follows:

1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
2. Tres Brujas
3. Arrows in the Dark
4. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
5. Lawless Lands
6. Astraea's Dream
7. The Warp Riders
8. Night City
9. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis
10. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire

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The Sword Posts New Album EPK Online

Texas based heavy metal outfit The Sword has posted a new Electronic Press Kit online for their forthcoming new album, "Warp Riders." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on August 24th through Kemado Records. The band will first be supporting the album by opening for Metallica in Australia and New Zealand. More...

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Iron Maiden To Headline Soundwave 2011

British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headlining act for next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival. Also on the bill will be American thrash metal legends Slayer, shock rocker Rob Zombie, hardcore outfit Terror and former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash amongst others. Iron Maiden will also perform two arena shows in February.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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All That Remains Confirmed For Soundwave 2011

Soundwave has been announcing artists one by one over the past couple of weeks. The first two metal bands to be announced for the festival are All That Remains and The Sword.

According to Soundwave, the band headlining the metal stage is actually big enough to headline the whole festival. We’ll know who that is on August 5th, when the full lineup is announced.

The full list of bands announced so far is:

The Blackout
The Ataris
Trash Talk
All That Remains
Less Than Jake
Veara
There for Tomorrow
A Skylit Drive
Mad Caddies
Protest the Hero
The Sword

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The Sword Announces Europe and Australia Dates

Austin, Texas throwback metallers The Sword have announced a massive list of concert dates set to take place from October 1st, 2010 until March 7th, 2011. First The Sword will embark on a U.S tour before heading across the atlantic to visit Europe and Australia.

The Sword concert dates:
Europe:
Nov. 08 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 09 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotov
Nov. 11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Gote Killare
Nov. 12 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
Nov. 13 - Oslo, Norway - Garage
Nov. 15 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
Nov. 16 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
Nov. 17 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
Nov. 18 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
Nov. 19 - Graz, Austria - PPC
Nov. 21 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
Nov. 23 - Koln, Germany - Underground
Nov. 24 - Paris, France - La Fleche d'or
Nov. 26 - Uden, Holland - Uden de Pul
Nov. 27 - Kerkrade, Holland - Rock Tempel
Nov. 29 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom - Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 30 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Fleece & Firkin
Dec. 01 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Bar Academy
Dec. 03 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Cockpit
Dec. 04 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - G2
Dec. 05 - Newcastle, United Kingdom - Academy II
Dec. 06 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy III
Dec. 08 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - Rescue Rooms
Dec. 09 - London, United Kingdom - Islington Academy
Dec. 10 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Audio
Dec. 11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
Dec. 12 - Belfast, Ireland - Stiff Kitten

Australia:
Feb. 26 - Brisbane, QLD - Soundwave 2011
Feb. 27 - Sydney, NSW - Soundwave 2011
Mar. 04 - Melbourne, VIC - Soundwave 2011
Mar. 05 - Adelaide, SA - Soundwave 2011
Mar. 07 - Perth, WA - Soundwave 2011

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Karma To Burn To Support The Sword On Tour

Karma To Burn will be filling the support slot on The Sword's upcoming U.S. tour dates this coming October. The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/01 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/03 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/06 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/13 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/14 Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown
10/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10/16 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/17 Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
10/19 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/20 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/21 Huntington, WV @ V Club
10/23 Chicago, IL @ Metro

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The Sword Posts New Song Teasers Online

Austin, Texas throwback metal outfit The Sword have posted teasers to five brand new songs from their upcoming studio ablum "Warp Riders." The song featured include "Unearthing the Orb," "Arrows in the Dark," "Astraea's Dream," "The Warp Riders," and "The Chronomancer Pt.2."

"Warp Riders" is set for release on August 24th, 2010 through Kemado Records.

You can listen to the song samples here.

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The Sword Releases iTunes Exclusive EP

Austin, Texas throwback metallers The Sword have released a brand new live EP made available exclusively to iTunes. The EP, titled "iTunes Festival: London 2010," features five live tracks recorded during their performance at London's iconic Roundhouse Theater.

"iTunes Festival: London 2010" EP tracklisting:
1. Freya
2. Arrows In The Dark
3. Winter's Wolves
4. To Take The Black
5. The Horned Goddess

The Sword's new album, titled "Warp Riders," is scheduled for release on August 24th, 2010 through Kemado Records.

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The Sword Offering Free MP3 Download

The Sword has teamed up with MetalSucks to offer a free download of the new track "Tres Brujas." The song comes from the upcoming album "Warp Riders," which is due out on August 24th via Kemado Records. "Tres Brujas" can be downloaded at this location.

The "Warp Riders" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
2. Tres Brujas
3. Arrows in the Dark
4. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
5. Lawless Lands
6. Astraea's Dream
7. The Warp Riders
8. Night City
9. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis
10. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire

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The Sword Releases New Song To iTunes

Austin, Texas metal act The Sword have made a new track, titled "Tres Brujas," available via iTunes. "Tres Brujas" is set to appear on the band's upcoming studio album "Warp Riders" which has a release date of August 24th, 2010. "Warp Riders" will be issued through the band's longtime label Kemado Records.

"Tres Brujas" is the first of three singles to be released from "Warp Riders" and will be featured in a music video trilogy concepted and shot by The Sword video collaborators Artificial Army. The other two songs to be included in the trilogy are "Lawless Lands" and "Night City."

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The Sword Reveals New Album Track Listing and Art

Throwback metallers The Sword have just revealed the tracklisting and artwork for thier new album "Warp Riders" which is set for release on August 24st, 2010 via Kemado Records.

The "Warp Riders" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
2. Tres Brujas
3. Arrows in the Dark
4. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
5. Lawless Lands
6. Astraea's Dream
7. The Warp Riders
8. Night City
9. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis
10. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire

"Warp Riders" artwork can be viewed here.

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The Sword Reveals New Album Details

American heavy metal outfit The Sword has announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Warp Riders." The band also revealed that the album will be released on August 24th through Kemado Records. This will be the bands third studio album and Matt Bayles will be producing and engineering the record.

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The Sword Issues New Album Update

The Sword has issued the following update regarding the progress of their new album:

"We're nearing completion of the writing process for our upcoming third album. Recording is planned for early 2010 to be preceded by a short regional tour showcasing the new songs. More transmissions as they are received... "

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The Sword Added To 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest

THE SWORD has announced a special live performance as part of the 2009 "FUN FUN FUN Fest" t to take place November 7-8 at Waterloo Park in the band’s own Austin, Texas. THE SWORD joins a lineup of featured acts set to perform at the event that includes Jesus Lizard, Danzig, Ratatat, Destroyer and Of Montreal among others. Additional details can be found at funfunfunfest.com.

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