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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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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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Final Guitar Hero II Tracklisting Revealed

According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):

Opening Licks:
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"

Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"

Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"

Relentless Riffs:
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"

Furious Fretwork:
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"

Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.

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The Sword's Freya To Make First HBB Appearance

THE SWORD's latest music video, for the song "Freya" will receive its national MTV2 TV premiere this weekend as part of the network's "Headbangers Ball" program.

Taken from the Austin, TX quartet's critically acclaimed debut album, Age of Winters, the "Freya" video was shot in Hollywood, CA with Director Barnaby Roper. The striking video, played out amongst the shadows, was shot on HD film using a unique mixture of black and white and color and details the story of "Freya", who "appears on a battlefield after a battle and wanders through the corpses looking for warriors to take back to Folkvang". A still shot from "Freya" can be viewed at this location. The hard-hitting single is currently being serviced to radio stations and video outlets nationwide.

THE SWORD are in the midst of a North American tour alongside Trivium now. The much talked about metal unit will perform at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA this evening. A full listing of upcoming THE SWORD live performances follows this message.

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Clutch Book Year End Shows With The Sword

Clutch, who will enter the studio next month to record their new album with producer Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Melvins), have booked the following U.S. stops to close out the year:
December 27th Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)
December 29th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (Feat. The Sword, Scott H. Biram)
December 30th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)
December 31st Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)

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Vote On This Year's Classic Rock Awards

Classic Rock Magazine has opened their annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for voting by the public here. CRMag is also having a competition for the chance to appear on the upcoming Classic Rock DVD and to be broadcast in front of the rock royalty on awards night in November, this year. To enter, email in .mpegs of yourselves (no longer than 30 seconds) explaining why you think your favourites should win on the night to classicrock@futurenet.co.uk. Classic Rock's favourite five entrants will win a prize. The nominations you can vote on follow:

Album of the Year:

Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
The Answer - Rise
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Motorhead - Kiss Of Death
Cheap Trick - Rockford
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Band of the Year:

Iron Maiden
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rolling Stones

Best Re-Issue:

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

DVD of the Year:

Pink Floyd - Pulse
Cream - Disraeli Gears
A Headbanger's Journey
Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night
Rush - Chronicles

Classic Rock Event of the Year:

Return of Monsters of Rock
Lordi winning Eurovision
Guns N' Roses tour
Metallica playing Master of Puppets at Download
Roger Waters playing Dark Side Of The Moon

Best New Band:

Pure Reason Revolution
The Sword

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Trivium Announce Headlining North American Tour

Trivium have announced their first ever North American headline tour set to kick off on October 1st. The trek will be in support of their new album, "The Crusade," which is set for release in the US & Canada on October 10.

The Sword and Protest The Hero will be support for the whole tour, while Seemless and Sanctity along with Cellador will split time as the tour openers (* see below for details).

The tour will run from October 1st through November 5th.


10/01/06 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
10/02/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10/03/06 Norfolk, VA The Norva
10/04/06 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
10/06/06 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
10/07/06 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/08/06 Montreal, QC Le Medley
10/09/06 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/10/06 Rochester, NY Waterstreet Music Hall
10/11/06 New York, NY Avalon
10/13/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
10/14/06 Detroit, MI Harpo's
10/15/06 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/16/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
10/17/06 Chicago, IL Metro
10/18/06 St. Paul, MN Station 4
10/20/06 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10/21/06 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
10/23/06 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/24/06 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Centre
10/25/06 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/27/06 San Francisco, CA Slim's
10/28/06 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
10/29/06 San Diego, CA Soma
10/30/06 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
11/01/06 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11/03/06 Houston, TX The Meridian
11/04/06 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
11/05/06 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theatre

* Cellador: October 1 - October 9
* Sanctity: October 10 - October 18
* Seemless: October 20 - November 5

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The Sword Announce Future Plans

The Sword recently filmed a video for their track "Freya" in Hollywood, CA with director Barnaby Roper. It will be made avaialble for viewing shortly. In other news, the band have also revealed that they will be one of the acts supporting Trivium on the latter bands fall headlining North American run - a trek for which dates have yet to be announced.

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The Sword West and Mid West Tour Dates

The Sword have finalized dates for their upcoming tour of the Midwest and West. Here are the tour dates:

7/9 Phoenix, AZ @ Big Fish Pub

dates w/ Akimbo, Saviours
7/10 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
7/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
7/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/14 Portland, OR @ Dante's
7/15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
7/16 Boise, ID @ The Bouquet
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
7/18 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/19 Lawrence, KS @ Granada

dates w/ Saviours
7/20 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
7/21 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
7/22 Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest - Ascot Room
7/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
7/25 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
7/26 Rapids, MI @ Juke's Grand

7/27 Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
7/28 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
7/29 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
7/30 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves

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ASG To Tour w/ The Sword, Torche and Tarantula AS

Wrightsville Beach, NC’s ASG will hit the road with The Sword (who recently opened for Early Man and Priestess on their national tour), Torche (ex-Floor) and Tarantula AD (playing select dates) on a tour that will take them through the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest portions of the US. Here are the tour dates:

3/29/2006 @ Skate Park of Tampa - Tampa, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/30/2006 @ Thee Imperial - Jacksonville, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/31/2006 @ Back Booth - Orlando, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/1/2006 @ The Jinx - Savannah, GA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/2/2006 @ The Milestone - Charlotte, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/3/2006 @ The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/5/2006 @ Warehouse Next Door - Washington, DC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/6/2006 @ The Khybar - Philadelphia, PA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/7/2006 @ Pianos - New York City, NY (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/8/2006 @ Living Room - Providence, RI (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/11/2006 @ Buffalo Icon - Buffalo, NY (Torche, The Sword)
4/12/2006 @ The High Five - Columbus, OH (Torche, The Sword)
4/13/2006 @ The Temple Club - Lansing, MI (Torche, The Sword)
4/14/2006 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL (Torche, The Sword)
4/15/2006 @ The O'Aces Center Stage - Farmington, MO (Torche, The Sword)
4/16/2006 @ Hi Tone - Memphis, TN (Torche, The Sword)
4/18/2006 @ Walters On Washington - Houston, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/19/2006 @ Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/20/2006 @ Emo's - Austin, TX (Torche, The Sword)

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The Sword Sign With Kemado Records

Austin, Texas-based quartet THE SWORD have inked a deal with New York City label Kemado Records. The fast-rising band, known for their explosive songs, gripping live performances and unique vision, will release their self-titled debut on February 14, 2006.

"The Sword" final track listing:

01. Celestial Crown
02. Barael's Blade
03. Freya
04. Winter's Wolves
05. The Horned Goddess
06. Iron Swan
07. Lament for the Aurochs
08. March of the Lor
09. Ebethron

The song "Iron Swan" has been posted online at this location.

THE SWORD will perform a number of New York City-area live dates in mid November, previewing tracks from their forthcoming release. The details are as follows:

Nov. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - TBA (with PANTHERS, SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE)
Nov. 21 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (with INNAWAY, HULL)
Nov. 22 - New York, NY - LIT (with CHEESEBURGER)
Dec. 16 - Austin, TX - Emo's

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The Sword Fight To Get Album Released

When J.D. Cronise, guitarist and singer for Austin, Texas, sludge band the Sword, formed the band two years ago, he did some research on the name first. He found it hard to believe that no one else had taken the moniker yet, one he says he thought "would be badass." But that's when things started getting tricky.

"There's another band called Sword from our old stomping grounds of Richmond, Virginia, and we're cool with them," he explained, adding that there are other bands who have also chosen the name without the "the." There was also a Canadian metal band called Sword that was founded by brothers Mick and Dan Hughes during the 1980s; their last album was released in 1988 through Roadrunner Records.

Cronise admitted that "We've got a little opposition from some people" over the use of the name, "and we're trying to work it out." He said there's been no legal action filed yet, but the Sword are hoping "it doesn't come to that." And in his opinion, it shouldn't. "It's just silly, really," he explained. "There's not a band called the Sword."

But possible litigation's the least of the Sword's worries — they've got to make sure their self-titled, self-produced debut disc surfaces on February 14 as planned. The band's label, Kemado — which signed the Sword after Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton floated the four-piece's demo its way — has pushed the album back a few times, Cronise said. The LP will contain nine tracks, including "Celestial Crown," "Freya," "Iron Swan," "March of the Lor" and "Ebethron." The Sword are hoping there won't be any more setbacks, because they're anxious to hit the road; the band, whose sound's reminiscent of early Clutch crossed with Mastodon, has no definitive touring plans yet. The Sword have logged miles with ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

Cronise said the Sword — which also includes guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — were not inspired by Mastodon, but admits the two bands have a similar style.

"As far as the writing of the songs on this record, I hadn't really listened to them much at that point, and I think maybe even as they were getting bigger, I made a conscious effort to not listen to them for a while, because I knew what I was trying to do was kind of along the same lines as what they were trying to do," he explained. "So I didn't want to hear too many of their riffs. I didn't want them sneaking into our album. What I'm trying to do with our music is not to make it palatable or poppy, but to make it listenable. It still tries to be aggressive and heavy and huge-sounding and, like, an experience to listen to, but not something where it's like, you can only take so much before you have to turn it off because it's all screaming or all blast beats. We all of course look back to the glory days when there were awesome bands on majors."

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