Â Â Â Â Cutting-edge hard rock / metal bands THE SWORD and WITCHCRAFT will join Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica amongst the live acts chosen to participate in OZZFEST 2008, set to take place on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, TX.Â The dynamic, Austin, TX based band and the respected Swedish psyche-rock quartet will each bring their critically acclaimed live sets to the OZZFEST arena as part of the just-announced one-day stadium spectacular.
Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent and â€œreliably twisted OZZFEST side attractionsâ€.Â In addition to featuring the legendary Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the main stage lineup will include performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy and more, while the second stage will showcase WITCHCRAFT alongside a wide array of respected underground acts.Â The Texas (third) stage — â€œan homage to the â€œmany great metal bands that come from Texas,â€ says Sharon Osbourne — will spotlight THE SWORD and reactivated Texas thrash / speed metal band Rigor Mortis amongst others.Â A full listing of the OZZFEST 2008 lineup follows this message.
THE SWORD and WITCHCRAFT are both well known for their unique reinventions of vintage proto-metal and hard rock.Â The bands joined forces to release a limited edition split 12″ EP, titled simply THE SWORD / WITCHCRAFT Split 12″ in late 2007, which quickly sold out, becoming a cult collectorâ€™s item.Â WITCHCRAFT released its critically acclaimed third album The Alchemist to rave reviews last autumn, while THE SWORDâ€™s highly-anticipated sophomore release, Gods of the Earth debuted at #102 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #1 on Billboardâ€™s â€œHeatseekersâ€ chart, #1 on Billboardâ€™s â€œNew Artistâ€ chart and #5 on Billboardâ€™s â€œTastemakersâ€ chart in its first week of release this past April.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Tickets for this yearâ€™s OZZFEST will go on sale Saturday, May 31.Â For up-to-the-minute details, please visit: www.Ozzfest.com.
Both THE SWORD and WITCHCRAFT are available to speak with interested media now.Â To chat with the bands / attend a live performance, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below.Â Updated THE SWORD and WITCHCRAFT news and tour information will be made available via the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com.
* What the media is saying about THE SWORD:
Â Â Â Â Â “deliriously funâ€¦delightfully skuzzyâ€¦badassâ€ â€“ ROLLING STONE
Â Â Â Â Â â€œmetal mastery.Â This Austin, Texas bandâ€™s riffs are so heavy, they should be weighed periodically on truck scales, so that they donâ€™t violate any interstate cartage laws when THE SWORD goes on tourâ€ â€“ SPIN
Â Â Â Â Â â€œSWORDâ€™s hell-bent-for-leather propulsion and twisty song structures are more than enough to induce your ears to bleed with pleasureâ€ â€“ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Â Â Â Â Â “On their second album, the Austin, Texas, quartet peel Slayer-inspired twin-guitar leads over guttural riffs that pile up like corpses on some primordial battlefield…In the gleefully excessive world of metal revivalists THE SWORD, itâ€™s always a quarter past doom oâ€™clock.” â€“ BLENDER
â€œWith a war chest of razor-sharp riffs and even sharper hooks, Austin, Texasâ€™ THE SWORD deliver a sophomore effort thatâ€™s a cut above the rest.â€ â€“ REVOLVER
Â Â Â Â Â â€œPurveyors of Shredâ€¦THE SWORD doesnâ€™t simply rock, they battle.â€ â€“ METRO NEW YORK
* What the media is saying about WITCHCRAFT:
Â Â Â Â Â “A young Swedish doom-metal outfit with distinctly â€™70s overtones, Witchcraft makes the riff and the drone paramount” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Â Â Â Â Â â€œboogiefied riff rockâ€ – SPIN
“We’re big fans of smoking, psychedelic Swedish post-Pentagram doom crew Witchcraft’s new album “The Alchemist”, especially the 15-minute title track. Â Epic! Â Definitely one of 2007’s best.” – STEREOGUM
Â Â Â Â Â “Spellbinding” – METRO NEW YORK
Â Â Â Â Â “honest to goodness metal, and it’s awesome. Highly recommended.” – MUSIC FOR ROBOTS
Â Â Â Â Â “Look out for Sweden’s WITCHCRAFT, whose hook-filled psych-rock makes you feel like you’re chilling with Matthew McConaughey in ‘Dazed and Confused'” – TIME OUT NEW YORK
Saturday, August 9 at Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, Texas:
IN THIS MOMENT
All-Star Tribute To “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott
KINGDOM OF SORROW
Texas (Third) Stage: *
* Homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” according to Sharon Osbourne