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The Sword to Release Sophomore Album Gods of the Earth on 24th March

by on Jan.24, 2008, under Metal Music News

Atop the tallest of earth’s peaks dwell the gods of earth, and suffer no man to tell that he hath looked upon them.” – H.P. Lovecraft, “The Other Gods”
‘I want to be a teenage boy with acne in an Iron Maiden T-Shirt with my hands bloody from constant axe-riffs and RSI from masturbation and that’s how this makes me feel and that’s good.’ – ( Plan B )

‘Do they kick ass? Not half.’ – ( Terrorizer )

‘The Sword may be your next big thing’ – ( Powerplay)
With its soon-to-be unleashed sophomore album, Gods of the Earth freshly laid to tape, THE SWORD prepares to build upon the foundation it laid with its critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters and continues to lead modern day metal’s forward charge.

Conceived in Austin, TX, THE SWORD took the form of a cohesive quartet in early 2004 when guitarist / singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo joined forces. THE SWORD’s live shows quickly became the hottest ticket in Austin, as their punishing, yet melodious compositions, mythical imagery and conscious effort to slowly immobilize audiences left music fans astonished while word about the band continued to flourish and grow. In the fall of 2005, THE SWORD found a home at Kemado Records, and their critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters was released in February 2006.

From the moment Gods of the Earth’s lead track “The Sundering” explodes, it is immediately apparent that THE SWORD has upped the ante on a sound all its own. More ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger, Gods of the Earth’s huge, mountaintop-friendly hooks, thunderous drumming and oceanic bass lines cut through the air like a scythe taking down all in the band’s path. The ominous vocals of Cronise weave fantastical tales rife with myth and mythology. Waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder dominate songs such as the immediate “Maiden, Mother & Crone”, “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, “Under the Boughs” and the paralyzing “The Black River”. Gods of the Earth instantly conveys what words can only try to describe: THE SWORD is not to be taken lightly.

Track Listing
1. The Sundering

2. How Heavy This Axe

3. Lords

4. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians

5. To Take the Black

6. Maiden, Mother & Crone

7. Under the Boughs

8. The Black River

9. The White Sea


J.D. Cronise (guitar / vocals)

Kyle Shutt (guitar)

Bryan Richie (bass)

Trivett Wingo (drums)

The Sword are set to tour the UK in March and April with fellow label heavy-weights Saviours as support. Dates are as follows:

Tues 25th Mar NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY 08713 100 000

Wed 26th Mar OXFORD ACADEMY 0870 771 2000

Thu 27th Mar BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 0870 771 2000

Fri 28th Mar MANCHESTER ACADEMY 0161 832 1111

Sat 29th Mar GLASGOW KING TUTS 0870 169 0100

Sun 30th Mar STOKE SUGAR MILL 01782 206 000

Tues 1st Apr NEWPORT TJ’S 01633 216 608

Wed 2nd Apr PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS 023 9286 3911

Thu 3rd Apr LONDON UNDERWORLD 0870 400 0688

Fri 4th Apr COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE 01206 500 900

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