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The Sword (US)

Not to be confused with the Canadian heavy metal band from the late '80s simply named 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-about 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 a more far-out, metaphysical vibe. The band further tweaked its sound for 2015's High Country, eschewing some of the heavier doom metal tendencies of prior outings for a more streamlined, Southern hard rock feel. Low Country, a companion LP that saw the band further strip back its sound and deliver new acoustic versions of the songs from High Country, followed in 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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The soul of Black Sabbath lives in this band!
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Saw their show in New Orleans with Ruby the Hatchet, they killed it, wished they wouldve played Iron Swan tho
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Three witches you shall meet on the path to your fate!
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B u l l s h I t Pandora common can't comment on the Apocryphon album
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This band rocks!! Have all their albums.
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Yes it is...wake-n- b a k e ! . t o this s**t
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Their latest album High Country is a masterpiece, and in my top 5 favorite albums of all time.
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LIKE
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How is Metallica related
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Saw them in Sacramento. Truly a rockin show! They are awesome live.
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The world sucks dick and society perpetuates society so chill out smoke up and listen to some doom baby. Get groovy with it.
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Did I already say that scene with Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body her rising from the water and Celestial Crown playing in the background awesomeness! ! ! !
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Thank you Guitar Hero 2 for including a little song named Freya, and introducing to one of my favorite bands to date.
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So stoked to get turned on to these cats..THE SWORD until the day they pry my axe from my cold death grip..
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michavo669
The one dude has a ridonculous green tattoo covering his dweeby little arm. Hail Godsmack!!
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You don't need dark drawings to sell your music - if your talented , it sells itself
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OZZY ?
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⚡️R⚡️I⚡️F⚡️F S
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Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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went to 2 shows on the high country tour, the solona beach, CA show and the show at the Gothic in Denver, CO. best shows ive been to in a while and the sword is the only band ive ever followed on tour.
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Saw them on Friday night in Perth. Tight and Heavy as F**k.
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Saw them on Friday night in Perth. Tight and heavy as F**k.
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Kool...sound s like early Sabbath.
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justinw780
well said sir!
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I hate when idiots say it sounds like blah sounds like yada. It is a hellava rockin sound. Either way they rock and uh maybe you analyze s**t to much. To all you creeps if ya don't like em and it makes ya think of sabbath go on and listen to the new Disturbed. Eat a dick and die. Have a nice day
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I agree with IceMike. Sounds like a carbon copy of the band Trouble.
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Winter's Wolves
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Still remember hearing Celestial Crown in Jennifer's Body
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How lucky i am to have seen these guys in concert.
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Trouble from the eighties, this has been done already.
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Awesome Band! Always great to hear REAL music and not the machine made crap coming out now...I mean all of it, even country, what the f_ck! :(
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All hail the sword
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Not bad, but sounds like a Black Sabbath tribute band, specifically , the Black Sabbath of the Sabotage/Tec h n i c a l Ecstasy years.
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Saw them at Fitzgeralds in Houston last winter...gre a t show!!
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Really digging these guys. How am I just finding them when they already have so much material? Not complaining. I got tons to explore!
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F**king cool.
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Excellent ROCKIN
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Saw THE SWORD with All Them Witches and Kadavar on Friday night and ALL were fantastic. Sword was the reason I was there, but the surprise of the night was ATW, who's drummer is ferocious.
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I love all their albums. Hits and misses alike.
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Awesome!
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I have to let Pandora know that they are spot on with what they have been playing to my room while I work. Electric Wizard station is working for me.
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Agree with Rob. Their new album is different but as equally awesome as the past records. I hope Pandora puts up some new stuff.
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Does my old heart good seeing early Sabbath as a sound to be done by the young. Looks like the boys had it just about right in 1970. 70's forever.
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Here is hoping Pandora puts up "High Country". That album is sweet as hell
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F**kin Dope Bitche
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More no singing ? It's cool but WTF...
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tommytitanfa n
COOL A** BAND! GROOVE METAL....SAB B A T H FU MANCHU BOTH BANDS I LOVE
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Very bad a**...
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