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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 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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The Storm To Enter the Studio

Texan doom metal band The Sword has issued the following update regarding the progress of the creation of their third album:

"The writing process is nearing completion, and demoing will soon commence. Recording will follow in the Fall with a release as soon as the suits can get it together. The record will be a concept album centered around an original science fiction narrative."

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Guitar Hero 5 Tracklisting Revealed

The complete tracklisting for the forthcoming new installment in the popular "Guitar Hero" video game franchise, "Guitar Hero 5" has been revealed. You can check it out below.

3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"
Blink-182 - "The Rock Show"
Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"
Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
Johnny Cash - "Ring Of Fire"
Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets"
Mötley Crüe - "Looks That Kill"
Muse - "Plug In Baby"
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
The Killers - "All The Pretty Faces"
The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
A Perfect Circle - "Judith"
AFI - "Medicate"
Attack! Attack! UK - "You And Me"
Band Of Horses - "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"
Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
Beck - "Gamma Ray"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
Blur - "Song 2"
Bob Dylan - "All Along The Watchtower"
Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Brand New - "Sowing Season (Yeah)"
The Bronx - "Six Days A Week"
Bush - "Comedown"
Children Of Bodom - "Done With Everything, Die For Nothing"
Coldplay - "In My Place"
Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
Darkest Hour - "Demon(s)"
David Bowie - "Fame"
Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
The Derek Trucks Band - "Younk Funk"
The Duke Spirit - "Send A Little Love Token"
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Eagles Of Death Metal - "Wannabe In L.A."
Elliott Smith - "L.A."
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Face To Face - "Disconnected"
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
Gov't Mule - "Streamline Woman"
Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life (Live)"
Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes To Midnight"
Jeff Beck - "Scatterbrain (Live)"
John Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Kings Of Leon - "Sex On Fire"
Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)"
No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do? (Live)"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde - "Bring the Noise 20XX"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "Make It Wit Chu"
Rammstein – "Du Hast"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
Rose Hill Drive - "Sneak Out"
Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio (Live)"
Santana - "No One To Depend On (Live)"
Scars On Broadway - "They Say"
Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
Sublime - "What I Got"
Sunny Day Real Estate - "Seven"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Thrice - "Deadbolt"
Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down A Dream"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
Weezer - "Why Bother?"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
Wolfmother - "Back Round"

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Four More Bands Added To Sonisphere 2009

The organizers of the British leg of this years Sonisphere festival have announced that four more bands will be joining the bill at Knebworth. Welsh alternative rockers Feeder will be performing at the event, as will Skindred, Frank Turner and Taking Back Sunday. The lineup for the festival, which will be held between August 1st-2nd, is now as follows:

Linkin Park
Alice In Chains
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Frank Turner
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Machine Head
Nine Inch Nails
Taking Back Sunday
The Sword
Thin Lizzy

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More Bands Added To Sonisphere Festival U.K.

Four more band have been added to the first edition of the Sonisphere Festival in Britain this year in the forms of Anthrax, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke and Airbourne. The festival will take place at the famous Knebworth Park between August 1st and 2nd.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice In Chains
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Machine Head
Metallica (Headliner)
Nine Inch Nails
The Sword
Thin Lizzy

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Metallica Adds More Bands To Dublin Show

Metallica has announced that several more bands will be joining them at their show at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland on August 1st. Among the newly confirmed bands are Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy and grunge icons Alice In Chains in addition to Lamb Of God, Mastodon, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold. Tickets go on sale Tuesday and are priced at 76.50 Euros.

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Nova Rock Festival

LACUNA COIL has been confirmed to play at Nova Rock Festival, which takes place in Nickelsdorf/Bgld. on June 19-21, 2009. The festival also features the following bands so far:

Die Toten Hosen
Limp Bizkit
Kaiser Chiefs
Guano Apes
Chris Cornell
Killswitch Engage
In Extremo
Gogol Bordello
The Gaslight Anthem
The Sword
Black Stone Cherry
All That Remains
3 Feet Smaller
The Living End
August Burns Red
Bring Me The Horizon
Smoke Blow

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Sonisphere

Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has been added to the bill of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, England this year. The festival lasts for two days and takes place between August 1st and 2nd. Headlining the show will be Linkin Park and Metallica and the bill also boasts performances from Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold.

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More Bands Confirmed For UK Sonisphere Festival

The British leg of the Sonisphere Festival, which will be held at the legendary Knebworth Park, has added some more big names to the bill. Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold have all been confirmed for the event aswell as headliners Linkin Park and Metallica. The show will take place between the first and second of August.

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Lemmy To Appear In Guitar Hero: Metallica

Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

Metallica songs:

All Nightmare Long
Creeping Death
Disposable Heroes
Dyers Eve
Enter Sandman
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
King Nothing
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
The Unforgiven
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam

Other artists: More...

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Machine Head Members Enter Therapy

Machine Head's frontman Robb Flynn has posted a lengthy update online. The post reads as follows: "Drank my first sip of the Sizzurp the other night, I gotta say man, I was lovin' the Sizzurp. If you're not a wigger like me, and don't know what Sizzurp is, Wikipedia that shit, the explanation is hysterical. New wine I'm digging too, The Prisoner by a winery called Orin Swift out of Napa ($35)... good shit! Loving Chopin Polish Potato vodka too, kinda hard to find, but rockin'!

"Hope everyone had a cool holidays and New Year's. The fam and I had a good one ourselves. Had my wife's 16 family members and my Mom for some Christmas dinner at our house... ham, scalloped potatoes, some green beans, and lots of egg nog and XO Cognac... mmmm, man... sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on that shit... fuckin' great!

"We're out with METALLICA right now in America (that's right bitches! Main support to METALL-I-FUCKIN'-CA in America!) and we're super stoked about it! Most of those shows have been pretty sweet, so far Washington D.C. was hands-down the rowdiest crowd, with Milwaukee and Newark #2 a close second. They usually let all the Met-Club people in early and they have been treating us really well; very receptive to what we're doing, and it was cool starting to get to see and know some of them after a while. Tons of them went to multiple shows and manned the same spot on the barrier night after night. The stage is cool too. Having played in the corner of a room for over half of my life, it took some getting used to playing in-the-round, or, 'in-the-rectangle' if you wanna get technical. First night in L.A. was a disaster, but after that we got it down. We definitely command it now, and we *have* to command it. If we don't, it's so easy to just get lost up on that giant stage, and lose the attention of an audience who, for the most part, have never even heard of us. THE SWORD dudes are cool, had a couple good hang nights with them. Kind of a weird vibe on the tour as a whole though, but stage crew and Metalli-camp is totally fuckin' cool. More...

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Guitar Hero: Metallica Tracklisting Revealed

Metallica has now revealed the tracklisting for Guitar Hero: Metallica. As previously reported, Guitar Hero: Metallica will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.

Here are the songs on the game, both from Metallica and other bands that they "admire and even call friends": More...

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Metallica Announces More European Tour Dates

Metallica continues their practice of trickling one or two tour dates out at a time in regards to their 2009 European tour. The just-announced Metallica tour dates are:

March 5 - Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpalais w/ Machine Head and The Sword (tickets on sale October 20 at 8:00 AM local time)

April 1 - Paris, France, Palais Omnisport de Bercy w/ Machine Head and The Sword (tickets on sale October 24 at 10 AM local time)

May 14 - Vienna, Austria, Stadthalle w/ Machine Head and The Sword (tickets on sale October 20 at 9 AM local time)

Metallica's latest announced 2009 European tour dates are as follows: More...

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Metallica Announces European Support Acts

Metallica has revealed who will be supporting them when they head over to Europe next year in support of their latest album, "Death Magnetic."

With Machine Head and The Sword:

Mar 07 - Stockholm, Sweden - Globen
Mar 08 - Stockholm, Sweden - Globen

With Lamb Of God and Mastodon:

Jun 14 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena
Jun 15 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena
Jun 17 - Oslo, Norway - Spectrum
Jul 13th - Madrid, Spain - Palacio de Deportes
Jul 20 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Forum
Jul 22 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Forum
Jul 23 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Forum

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Lamb Of God Banned In L.A. Forum Once Again

Lamb Of God has been replaced my Machine Head on the Los Angeles dates of the Metallica tour. Here's the announcement from Metallica:

"As you may have heard, the owners of the Los Angeles Forum have a little issue with our friends from Lamb of God, so unfortunately they will not be joining us for the two shows at the Forum on December 17 and 18. That's the bad news... the good news is that our bros in Machine Head are rushing back to the States from Europe to step in on those two nights. And of course no show would be complete without The Sword kicking things off, so they'll be there too."

Lamb of God was previously banned from performing at the church-owned (then-named) Great Western Forum in April of 2005 on the Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot because church leaders were offended by the group's previous name, Burn the Priest.

In a statement on the band's Web site, drummer Chris Adler called the church's decision back in 2005 "a bit ridiculous."

"If they had taken the time to look into what we do and who we are as a band, I don't think they would have made the same decision," he told The Associated Press in 2005.

"They have made it clear that they do not want us because of our name, our show and our crowd," Adler said. "The word from the powers that be is that Lamb of God is not the wholesome family fun that the good people of Los Angeles deserve."

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Ozzfest 2008 Deemed A Success By Organizers

Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.

Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."

In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.

Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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