THE SWORD ANNOUNCES U.S. HEADLINING TOUR
Dynamic, Austin, TX based quartet THE SWORD has announced a U.S. 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 NYCâ€™s Kemado Records.
Unquestionably one of heavy musicâ€™s most talked about new bands, THE SWORD deliver explosive songs, gripping live performances and a unique vision that combines metal’s beloved past with the forward-thinking enthusiasm of todayâ€™s hard music elite. The band will enter a Texas studio shortly to record its as-yet-untitled sophomore album and plans to up the ante with its new material, which is being described as â€œmore ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger.â€
Tickets for THE SWORD headlining shows in NYC, Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA will go on sale this Saturday (September 29), with the tourâ€™s remaining dates expected to be announced in the coming days. Support on THE SWORD tour will be provided by Valient Thorr and San Franciscoâ€™s Black Cobra. The first-announced dates are as follows:
December 6 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
December 7 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
December 8 Cambridge, MA Middle East (downstairs)
With its debut album â€œAge of Wintersâ€, THE SWORD firmly established itself as both one of metal and hard rockâ€™s most looked-to new artists. The album was named as one of Decibelâ€™s â€œMost Anticipated Albums of 2006â€ and was hailed as “the new classic-Black Sabbath platter you have been waiting forever for the old Sabs to make” by Rolling Stone while yielding the colossal singles â€œWinterâ€™s Wolvesâ€ and â€œFreya.â€ THE SWORD’s purpose and aim would see them named as one of Billboard’s “Faces to Watch”, one of APâ€™s â€œBands You Need to Knowâ€ and an MTV News “You Hear It First” artist.
THE SWORD is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band / attend a live performance, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated THE SWORD news and tour information will be made available via the Kemado Records website: www.kemado.com, THE SWORD website: www.swordofdoom.com and the ACTION! website: www.action-pr.com.
* View THE SWORD’s MTV News “You Hear it First” profile at this location.
“You know how Indians used to hunt buffalo by forcing them off a cliff, and they’d fall to the rocks? That’s kind of what they sound likeâ€¦like a bunch of bison being pushed over a cliff.” â€“ SPIN
“raw, punishing…badass” – MTV.com
the band has a distinct way with wild-eyed melodies, and their tempos hum rather than crawl…sludgy, abrasive guitars and wailed vocals familiar as church bells” – BLENDER
“this band from Austin, Texas, emulates BLACK SABBATH’s slow menace, the quartet also reveals its hard-core underpinnings with intermittent thrash bravura.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES