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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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Down to Play Israel

According to Israeli news site, Ynetnews, Down will be playing the Barby Club in Tel Aviv after their Turkey date this July. The exact date is said to be July 29th and tickets are priced at NIS 160, which translates to $48. The full article can be read here. As previously announced, Down will be touring Europe this summer which features Metallica and The Sword on later dates. Dates are as follows: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Ozzfest 2008

As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.

Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.

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Ozzfest 2008 Confirmed As One-Day Event

OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).

Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.

The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.

“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."

This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.

“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."

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The Sword Reveals Latest Tour Dates, Music Video

The Sword is headed out on the second leg of the Gods Of The Earth tour, this time taking out Torche and Stinking Lizaveta. The tour will make it's way down the east coast, ending up in Houston, TX. After that, they'll be playing this year's Bonnaroo Festival followed by a short European tour with Metallica.

The Sword also recently released their new video for "Maiden, Mother & Crone," which you can watch below.

Here are the latest THE SWORD tour dates: More...

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Stinking Lizaveta Announces Latest Tour Dates

Stinking Lizaveta will be touring with The Sword and Torche in May in addition to a few other scattered tour dates. Here are the latest dates:

Just Stinking Lizaveta:
Tues. May 6th Knoxville TN @ The Pilot Light

Stinking Lizaveta with Torche:
Weds May 7th ,Little Rock AR @ Downtown Music
Thursday May 8th Austin TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge

Stinking Lizaveta with The Sword and Torche:
Fri. May 9th Ft. Worth TX @ Lola’s
Sat. May 10th Memphis TN @ Hi Tone
Sun May 11th Nashville TN @ Exit/In
Mon. May 12th Covington KY @ The Mad Hatter
Tues May 13th Detroit MI @ The Magic Stick
Weds May 14th Columbus OH @ Ravari Room
Thurs. May 15th Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Fri. May 16th Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church
Sat. May 17th of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall
Sun May 18th Cambridge MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Tues. May 20th Raleigh NC @ Lincoln Theater
Weds May 21st Savannah GA @ The Jinx
Thurs. May 22nd Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
Fri. May 23rd Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
Sat. May 24th Orlando FL @ The Social
Sunday May 25thS t. Petersburg FL @ State Theatre
Monday May 26th Atlanta GA @ Lenny’s |
Tues. May 27th Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree
Weds. May 28th Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon
Thurs. May 29th Houston TX @ Rudyards

Stinking Lizaveta with Torche:
Friday, May 30th, 2008 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

Just Stinking Lizaveta:
Sat. May 31st Athens GA @ Caledonia Lounge
Sunday, June 1st Charlotte NC @ The Milestone
Monday June 2nd Richmond VA @ Alley Katz

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The Sword To Support Metallica In Europe

According to a posting on THE SWORD's MySpace page, the Austin, TX-based quartet will open for METALLICA on the following European shows:

Jul. 16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
Jul. 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
Jul. 20 - Riga, Latvia - Skonto Stadium
Jul. 22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
Jul. 23 - Bucharest, Romania - Cotroceni
Jul. 25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Vassil Levski Stadium
Jul. 27 - Istanbul, Turkey - Inonu Stadium

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The Sword Streaming New Album Online

The following press release has been announced:

THE SWORD has made its brand new album, "Gods Of The Earth", available for streaming in its entirety on their MySpace page.

THE SWORD's "Gods Of The Earth" will drop on April 1 via Kemado Records. The follow up to the band's debut "Age Of Winters", "Gods Of The Earth" was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be "more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger."

The final track listing for "Gods Of The Earth" is:

01. The Sundering
02. The Frost Giant's Daughter
03. How Heavy This Axe
04. Lords
05. Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians
06. To Take The Black
07. Maiden, Mother & Crone
08. Under The Boughs
09. The Black River
10. The White Sea

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The Sword, Torche, and Stinking Lizaveta To Tour

The Sword, Torche, and Stinking Lizaveta will team up for a May tour. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:

5/9 Ft Worth TX @ Lola's
5/10 Memphis TN @ Hi Tone
5/11 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
5/12 Covington KY @ The Mad Hatter
5/13 Detroit MI @ The Magic Stick
5/14 Columbus OH @ Ravari Room
5/15 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
5/16 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/17 Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/18 Cambridge MA @ Middle East Downstairs
5/20 Raleigh NC @ Lincoln Theater
5/21 Savannah GA @ The Jinx
5/22 Tallahassee FL @ The Beta Bar
5/23 St. Petersburg FL @ State Theatre
5/24 Orlando FL @ The Social
5/25 Gainesville FL @ Common Grounds
5/26 Atlanta GA @ Lenny's
5/27 Birmingham AL @ Bottle Tree
5/28 Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon
5/29 Houston TX @ Rudyard's

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Watch The Sword's New Music Video Online

Stereogum has premiered the viral version of The Sword's new video for "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians." The video is set in a post-apocalyptic world, thousands of years after the end of human civilization. A new race is born - one that has no idea that man had once ruled. The directors, Mike Colao and Josh Litwhiler, used a technique called "rotoscoping", where they traced over live-action film movement, frame by frame. The result is a visually captivating look into what could be the future of the human race as we know it.

You can watch the video here and download an MP3 of "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" here.

Yesterday also marked the release of the band's two-song, 10" picture disc. Although already sold out through Kemado, you can purchase the songs on iTunes.

Here are The Sword's Gods of the Earth Tour dates: More...

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The Sword Releases "Gods Of The Earth" E-Card

Austin, Texas' THE SWORD have unveiled an ecard previewing their new album, "Gods Of The Earth," out April 1st on Kemado Records. The ecard features the first single, "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians," as well as a sneak peak of the video for the track. "Gods Of The Earth" is THE SWORD's sophomore album. Their critically acclaimed debut, "Age Of Winters," was released in 2006.

In addition to the new full length, the group is also releasing a 10" picture disc on March 18th containing "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" as well as the b-side, "Codex Corvidae."

THE SWORD is heading out on tour this March and April in support of "Gods Of The Earth." The confirmed tour dates can be found below: More...

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The Sword Announce Midwest, Northwest Tour Dates

The Sword will tour the Midwest and Northwest in April with support from Slough Feg and Children. The following tour dates have been confirmed thus far:

4/14 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Center
4/15 Alburquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brick House
4/17 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
4/19 San Fransisco, CA @ Slim's
4/22 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
4/24 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
4/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
4/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/28 Wichita, KS @ BarleyCorns
4/29 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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Black Cobra to Tour UK With The Sword

After the monumental response to the US dates Black Cobra opened for The Sword at the end of last year, both bands will hit the UK in March together, joined this time by Saviours.

Black Cobra in the US with Pelican, Unearthly Trance:
02/28/2008 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
02/29/2008 The House - Dekalb, IL
03/01/2008 Rhino's All Ages Music Club - Bloomington, IN
03/02/2008 The Gargoyle - St Louis, MO
03/04/2008 Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
03/05/2008 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
03/06/2008 Sluggo's - Pensacola, FL w/City of Ships
03/07/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
03/08/2008 The Big Cypress Reservation / Langerado Fest - Clewiston, FL
03/10/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
03/12/2008 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
03/13/2008 Casbah at Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
03/15/2008 Headliners Music Hal - Louisville, KY w/Your Black Star

Black Cobra in Europe with The Sword, Saviours:
03/25/2008 Rock City - Nottingham, UK
03/26/2008 Carling Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK
03/27/2008 Carling Academy Birmingham - Birmingham, UK
03/28/2008 Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK
03/29/2008 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow, UK
03/30/2008 The Sugarmill - Stoke, UK
04/01/2008 T.J.'s - Newport, UK
04/02/2008 Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, UK
04/03/2008 The Underworld - London, UK
04/04/2008 Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, UK

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The Sword Complete Work On New Album

THE SWORD has completed work on its sophomore album, entitled Gods Of The Earth. The follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed debut Age Of Winters, Gods Of The Earth is set for an April 1, 2008 release via diverse NYC label Kemado Records. Recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, Gods Of The Earth features the following final track listing: 'The Sundering', 'How Heavy This Axe', 'Lords', 'Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians', 'To Take The Black', 'Maiden, Mother & Crone', 'Under the Boughs', 'The Black River', 'The White Sea'.

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Black Cobra Ready New Album, Tour w/ The Sword

Black Cobra are preparing their upcoming "Feather And Stone" release, which according to a press release "is their most volatile culmination of riotous riffs and bruising percussion yet." "The eight-track assault showcases the bands' exploration of gritty hardcore/sludge depravity since their previous outing Bestial." "Feather and Stone" will be unleashed upon humanity on October 30.

While they've been on tour for like a year straight already, their most recent jaunt attacking Japan, and that following multiple successful North American and European tours, the band have been picked up a US tour supporting The Sword.

Here are the latest Black Cobra tour dates:

10/17/2007 12 Galaxies - San Francisco CA w/U.S.S.A., Oxbow, Weedeater
11/24/2007 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco CA
11/25/2007 Relax Bar - Los Angeles CA
11/26/2007 *TBA Arizona
11/27/2007 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque NM
11/28/2007 Whiskey Dix - Lubbock TX
11/29/2007 Red 7 - Austin TX w/Slough Feg, The Flood

tour with The Sword and Valient Thorr begins
11/30/2007 The Jackrabbit Lounge - Shreveport LA w/ The Sword, The Roller
12/01/2007 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans LA w/ The Sword, The Roller
12/02/2007 The Bottletree - Birmingam, AL w/ The Sword, The Roller
12/03/2007 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ The Sword, The Roller
12/05/2007 Black Cat Backstage - Washington DC w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/06/2007 Bowery Ballroom - New York NY w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/07/2007 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia PA w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/08/2007 Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/11/2007 Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/12/2007 Grog Shop - Cleveland OH w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/13/2007 Reggies Live - Chicago IL w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/14/2007 The Rave Bar - Milwaukee WI w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/15/2007 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/16/2007 Picador - Iowa City IA w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/17/2007 Record Bar - Kansas City MO w/ The Sword, Valient Thorr
12/18/2007 *TBA Denver CO
12/19/2007 *TBA Salt Lake City UT
12/20/2007 *TBA Reno NV

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The Sword Announce US Headlining Tour

Dynamic, Austin, TX based quartet THE SWORD has announced a US headlining tour, its first in nearly a year. The scheduled 17 city trek will launch this December and will see the critically acclaimed metal band perform many of the brand new songs that will comprise the bulk of its highly anticipated new album, due in early 2008 via NYC’s Kemado Records.

Tickets for The Sword headlining shows in NYC, Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA will go on sale this Saturday (September 29), with the tour’s remaining dates expected to be announced in the coming days. Support on The Sword tour will be provided by Valient Thorr and San Francisco’s Black Cobra. The first-announced dates are as follows:

December
6 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
7 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
8 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (downstairs)

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Watch The Sword Perform "Freya" Online

Another live video of Austin-based THE SWORD has been posted online at the Underground Video Television (UVTV) Website. This clip is for their track “Freya,” which was filmed at The Palladium in Worcester, MA when they were on tour with IN FLAMES and LACUNA COIL.

THE SWORD's debut album "Age of Winters", was released in February 2006 via New York City's Kemado Records.

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Watch The Sword Perform "Winter Wolves" Online

There is a new live performance video of THE SWORD playing their track "Winter Wolves" available for viewing on the Underground Video Television Website. The footage was taken at The Palladium in Worcester MA last year during the band's tour with IN FLAMES and LACUNA COIL.

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Kylesa To Play Some Regional Dates w/ The Sword

Fresh off supporting Converge, Some Girls and Modern Life is War, Savannah's sludge rockers KYLESA have confirmed a handful of regional tour dates alongside The Sword, as well as confirming an appearance at Daytona Beach's "This Is Your Fest 2006" alongside a host of other bands. Details can be found online here. More confirmed KYLESA tour dates will be available shortly.

The band is continuing to support its new record Time Will Fuse Its Worth, which saw a Halloween release and is the follow-up to 2005's critically-heralded To Walk A Middle Course.

KYLESA tour dates:

11/21 Richmond, VA - Alley Katz (with Parasytic Lord, Government Warning)
12/03 Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree (with The Sword)
12/04 Raleigh, NC - Kings (with The Sword)
12/30 Daytona Beach, FL - Backstage (This Is For You Fest)
1/02 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall (with The Sword)
1/03 Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats (with The Sword)
1/04 Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory (with The Sword)

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More In Flames, Lacuna Coil, The Sword Tour Dates

More tour dates have been announced for the upcoming In Flames, Lacuna Coil, The Sword, and Seemless tour. Here's the latest set of tour dates:

12/05 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
12/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
12/07 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
12/08 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
12/09 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/11 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12/12 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
12/13 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/15 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
12/16 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/17 Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/19 Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club

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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack Revealed

Details on the soundtrack for the next game in the Tony Hawk skateboarding video game series have been released. Tony Hawk's Project 8 will feature 56 songs from bands including notables Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Slayer, Immortal, Thine Eyes Bleed, The Sword, Bad Religion, the Ramones, and the Cure among others.

The complete list follows: More...

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