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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 Premiere B-Side Track “Daughter Of Dawn”

The Sword premiere an official stream of “Daughter Of Dawn” via YouTube. The song was originally a b-side track for the Japanese edition of their 2010 release “Warp Riders“ and will now appear on both of their impending career-spanning compilation releases “Conquest Of Kingdoms“(30-song collection) and “Chronology 2006-2018“ (52-song collection). The compilations will land in stores on June 05th.

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The Sword’s J.D. Cronise Premieres New Single

The Sword vocalist/guitarist J.D. Cronise premieres a new solo single titled “Night Movers” which you can stream below. The Sword went on hiatus past year and have remained so since.

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The Sword release "Used Future", announce tour

Austin, Texas-based rock act The Sword released their sixth studio album, "Used Future", yesterday.

A video for the title track was also released and can be viewed below. The video was created by Austin-based game studio Rooster Teeth, in the spirit of old Nintendo games.


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The Sword Announces Acoustic Album

The Sword just checked in with this announcement about releasing an acoustic album and hitting the road with Opeth:

"Following 9 months of touring in support of 'High Country,' we returned to the studio to experiment with a stripped down acoustic presentation of the 'High Country' songs.

"The result, produced by Bryan Richie and mixed by J. Robbins, is 'Low Country,' which will see a worldwide release on September 23rd. The album features cover art by Richey Beckett.

"To support 'Low Country' we will be heading out as direct support for the Opeth tour September 29 - October 26. Bracketing the Opeth tour will be 10 headline shows. The first leg, September 23 - 28 will feature Ruby the Hatchet as support. The second leg, October 28th through November 1st will feature C Average as support." More...

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Rocklohama 2016 Adds More Bands

Onsite festival experience details and additional bands have been announced for the 10th year of Rocklahoma, set to be held May 27, 28 & 29 this year at the "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK, just outside Tulsa.

Escape The Fate, Shaman’s Harvest, RavenEye and many more join Rocklahoma’s lineup of the best current rock artists and classic bands, which includes Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, SIXX:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day, as well as premium onsite camping amenities and VIP packages. In addition, the Rocklahoma campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full info on the lineup and vendors, as well as ticket details, can be found here. Registration for the Miss Rocklahoma competition is also underway now through April 20. Voting on the Top 10 finalists begins April 25 and five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2016. More...

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The Sword Premieres New Song "Early Snow"

The Sword premieres another new track titled "Early Snow" taken from the upcoming new album "High Country" which will be out in stores August 21st.

Check out now "Early Snow" below.

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The Sword Premieres New Song And Music Video

The Sword premieres another new track and music video "The Dreamthieves" taken from the upcoming new album "High Country" which will be out in stores August 21st.

Check out now "The Dreamthieves" below.

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The Sword Unveils "High Country" Album

The Sword has a new album coming titled "High Country," and the title track can now be heard online at the band's official website here while the artwork and track listing are available below.

"High Country" follows previous album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here) and will drop on August 21st. Pre-orders are now available at this location.

01. Unicorn Farm
02. Empty Temples
03. High Country
04. Tears Like Diamonds
05. Mist and Shadow
06. Agartha
07. Seriously Mysterious
08. Suffer No Fools
09. Early Snow
10. The Dreamthieves
11. Buzzards
12. Silver Petals
13. Ghost Eye
14. Turned to Dust
15. The Bees of Spring

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Aftershock 2015 Festival Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will feature a lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.

The band lineup for Aftershock 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, and more (daily lineup below).

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."

Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at Aftershock this year and performing in our hometown. It's always special to return to the city that made us."

Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye

Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips More...

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The Sword Gearing Up To Record Album

The Sword will commence recording a fifth album on March 16th, which will follow the 2012 release "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

The album will be produced by Adrian Quesada and is scheduled for a late Summer release, with worldwide touring to follow. In preparation for recording, the band is announcing a short run of four shows. The shows currently on sale are as follows:

Wed, March 11 - New Orleans, LA / One Eyed Jacks
Thu, March 12 - Monroe, LA / Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom
Fri, March 13 - Memphis, TN / 1884 Lounge
Sat, March 14 - Oklahoma City, OK / ACM Performance Lab

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The Sword Posts Lyric Video

The Sword has teamed up with Revolvermag.com to release a new lyric video for the track "The Hidden Masters."

Check out the clip, created by Kenneth Wilcox, in the player available below. The track comes off the band's latest album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

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The Sword Posts New Music Video

The Sword has released a new music video for the track "Cloak of Feathers," which can be viewed below or at Vevo.com here.

The song comes off latest album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here). The track listing is as follows:

1. The Veil of Isis
2. Cloak of Feathers
3. Arcane Montane
4. The Hidden Masters
5. Dying Earth
6. Execrator
7. Seven Sisters
8. Hawks and Serpents
9. Eyes of the Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon More...

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The Sword Announces New Tour Dates

The Sword will be going to the U.K. and Europe in June to play the major festivals in support of latest release, "Apocryphon" (reviewed here).

Included in the 3 week run are appearances at the UK’s Download Festival, Nova Rock in Austria, Flame Fest in Italy, Earthshaker Days in Switzerland, Hellfest in France, Azkena Rock in Spain, Graspop in Belgium, Metal Town in Sweden, and Roskilde in Denmark.

Off day headline shows will be performed in Germany, France, Spain, and Luxembourg. Two shows in Holland will be in support of Clutch. Full details are as follows: More...

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Rocklahoma Lineup Revealed

The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT at this location.

Rocklahoma - presented by Bud Light - will celebrate its seventh year May 24th, 25th, and 26th with a lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The lineup is available below.

Thursday, May 23 (AXiS Campground Stage):

Triple 7, Bruce Flea, Searching for Sanity, Sleepwalking Home, Motortrain, Baron, Von Swagger, Rocker Lips, Drek, Kingshifter

Friday, May 24:

Guns N’ Roses, Bush, Papa Roach, Device, Ratt, All That Remains, Clutch, Escape The Fate, The Sword, Otherwise, Zero Crossing, Down & Dirty, The Last Vegas, Hessler, Bai Bang, Ruff Justice, London’s Dungeon, Fist of Rage, The Summit, Wanton Looks, Kicktree, Shotgun Rebels, The Kul, Mine Enemies Fall More...

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Clutch Announces Second Leg Of North American Tour

With less than a month remaining before the release of Clutch's new album "Earth Rocker," the band is pleased to announce the second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour.

Leg two kicks off May 1st in Richmond, VA and will run through May 26th in San Antonio, TX. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize. Tickets go on sale to fan club members Wednesday February 27th and for the general public Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd.

We also recently chatted up Clutch's Dan Maines about the impending live run, check out the full interview right here. The band's upcoming tour dates are: More...

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Rock On The Range Band Lineup Announced

American rock festival Rock On The Range - which has expanded to three days this year - will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. Pre-sale tickets are available at this location.

The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We're really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.” More...

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The Sword Video Interview Available

The Rock it Out! blog has posted a new video interview with Austin, Texas act The Sword. Check out the video below, in which the band members discuss new album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here), why they don't want South By Southwest in Austin anymore, and the "Tears of Fire" hot sauce.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day Two

Red Fang drew my attention first during day two. Contrary to their name, Red Fang’s bite energized rather than paralyzed the crowd. Although they came from the land of fog and towering trees of Oregon, their riffs were the size of Texas and filled with a gritty quality not unlike the festival’s dusty, trodden paths. Their catchy rhythms, guitar solos and drum fills grabbed the modestly sized audience and injected groove into their stoned bones. With prior SXSW appearances, Red Fang has become a well-recognized force in Austin’s festival circuit. Make sure to check these guys out on their touring supporting the “Murder the Mountains” album.


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Lonely Kamel To Support The Sword

Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin is extremely excited to announce that Lonely Kamel will support label colleagues The Sword on an upcoming European tour. The Sword's new album "Apocryphon" can be pre-ordered right here. Dates for the tour are as follows:

06.01.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
07.01.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC 2
08.01.13 UK – Manchester / Academy 3
09.01.13 UK – Bristol / Fleece
10.01.13 UK – London / Underworld
12.01.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
13.01.13 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
14.01.13 DE – Cologne / Underground
15.01.13 DE – Berlin / Magnet
16.01.13 DE – Hamburg / Logo
18.01.13 SE - Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
19.01.13 SE - Stockholm / Debaser
21.01.13 FI - Helsinki / Tavastia
22.01.13 FI - Tampere / Klubi
24.01.13 NO - Oslo / John Dee
25.01.13 SE - Karlstad / Rockbaren
26.01.13 SE - Malmö / Debaser
27.01.13 DK - Copenhagen / Little Vega

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Eagle Claw Releasing New Album

Austin, TX band Eagle Claw will release its sophomore album "Timing of the Void" on October 30th via ECH Records. The follow up to the group's 2010 debut "Poacher," "Timing of the Void" was recorded at Folkvang Studios and produced by Bryan Richie of fellow ATX metalheads The Sword.

Featuring eight monolithic tracks of the quartet's fist-raising "InstruMetal," the record's title and overarching theme is based on The Book of Five Rings, a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts written by Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645.

Immediately following the release of "Timing of the Void," Eagle Claw will hit the road for a U.S. tour as special guests of The Sword. The tour will launch on October 29th in Corpus Christi, TX and run through November 24th in Baton Rouge, LA. Dates are available below. More...

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