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The Sword (US)

Not to be confused with the Canadian heavy metal band from the late '80s, named simply Sword, the Sword are a retro-metal four-piece hailing from -- of all places -- the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, Texas. First conceived in 2003, the Sword really hit their stride about a year later, when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much raved-over appearance at Austin's famed SXSW festival. National touring stints with everyone from Clutch to indie rock darlings ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead followed, and by mid-2005 the Sword had been picked up by New York-based indie label Kemado Records, with their much-anticipated debut album, Age of Winters, appearing early the next year. Before completing their second album, they contributed two songs (one original and one Led Zeppelin cover) to a split 12" EP with Swedish heavy rockers Witchcraft in November 2007. Gods of the Earth arrived in spring 2008. Changing their muse from fantasy to science fiction, the Sword released Warp Riders in 2010, a concept album featuring an original narrative written by the band. In 2012 they came back from their sci-fi journey with their fourth full-length, Apocryphon, which blended the fantasy elements of their earlier work with more a more far-out, metaphysical vibe. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Well, crap. I just found out last night that they're playing in Atl next month but it's sold out! A**.
Go see them live
F-ck Yeah!!!!
My favorite band out right there music is just truly amazing
antchriscond u c t o r p h a s e 2
false metal posers.
On top of their game.
F%#&;?! AWESOME!! One of the baddest bands I've heard lately
I'd see these guys in concert.
Why name your band after a 80s metal band
Jizz jizz c*m c*m
Sounds like ozzy with clutch to me
Their first album is the heaviest. If you like it go jam Venomous Maximous from Houston.
Introduced by Clutch station, badass!
I feel like a tomahawk doing the war dance when I am at the gym listing to the sword.
Just discovered them on clutch station, lyrics are awesome and instrumental s are awesome'er?
Love these guys...cant wait to see them rip the roof off of House of Rock in Corpus AGAIN !!!!
No doubt one of the best ever, and even tops my best lists! Never miss any chance to see them preform live. I will see them every chance I get. All hail the Sword.
forgiven2180 1
Truly one of the best, better than Sabbath!
grecot84
Seen them twice, when they opened for Metallica and once when they headlined. Better metal for your money...you will not find. Awesome.
great music.straig h t rock!!!
deathrowbodi n e s
RAWK!
The Sword reigns supreme as Gods of Modern Retro-Metal!

On another note, I don't care for this guy referring to Austin as a singer/songw r i t e r oasis. It is more about musicians and bands, a mecca for true craftspeople of the melodic arts. Not the Taylor Swifts of the world.
Seen em twice now and they are my new favourite live band...absol u t e l y rocked...
larry_the_lo b s t e r
I've seen them twice this month and 5 times overall. I ferking love this band!!
Cool a loud band that rocks with excellent sound and I hope they play new enqland.
Gonna see these guys soon, can't wait!!!!!!
sweeet, this band makes me wanna ride a chimera into the sun. came here from sleep radio, likin this band.
yep...winrar
sullivan4til e
@skybroadway : Much agreed! I still choose Pandora over my own playlists 'cause of the great new music to be discovered here such as this super cool band.
I've heard quite a few of the swords songs on here and not a single one didn't I like.lovelov e
sullivan4til e
Just found this band on fu manchu station. Cool new music. The lead vocalist is certainly a vocalist as opposed to a singer. He effortlessly moves through the verses. Emphasis is on the music. Contrary to what Roger Daultry sang, its really the song, not the singer that makes the music move along:D
So good......
Kicked A$$ live!
Saw them live with Clutch, didn't care for Clutch at all but The Sword kicked a**. Opened with the The Sundering followed by Veil of Isis; f**king great show.
I saw the with Clutch, Dixie Witch, and American Sharks! I wook my wife and 11 year old daughter! They were both blown away! Saw them here in Houston, so it wa snice that 3/4's of the bill were bands from Texas. Absolutely awesome!!!!
Incredible band... I've seen em live, its awesome. I highly recommend it. Double thumbs up!
Never heard of them until i hopped the bandwagon for metallica, now i put The Sword ahead of then but directly after Tool/Perfect Circle/Pusci f e r (Maynard James Keenan)
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
The sword fn rocks! I. WANT A T-SHIRT! SOUTHERN OREGON DUDES! WE LOVE THE HARD ROCK METAL HERE! PUHLEEEZE ♥♥♥♥♥♥
crazypete61
They need to get the split album the did with Witchcraft
The sword. ...saving rock n roll one song at a time
I should be part of this band! They play the music I desperately want to play. Love the sound and the fact they use Game of Thrones in their music.
I agree with ej0414
yup, counting the days until they come to Columbia mo.....alrea d y have my tickets ordered
Can't wait for Clutch and The Sword! What an awesome tour...
I can't get enough of this band!!!!
i think it sounds a lot like sabbath
Led Zeppelin and Boston mixture... Hardcore old school
...like this track...
Martin
La Roque
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