Monday, September 11, 2006

Austin Artist: The Sword

The Sword are J.D. Cronise (singer/guitarist), Kyle Shutt (guitarist), Bryan Richie (bassist), and Trivett Wingo (drummer). They were founded in 2003 by lead singer J.D. Cronise and their debut album titled Age of Winters was released in February of this year on Kemado Records. The album was recorded at Austin’s Folkvang Studios and the production and engineering of the album was handled by the band itself, with the album art provided by the hands of Trail of Dead frontman Conrad Keely. Their sound is heavy and full of head-banging guitar riffs and hard-driving bass and drums; comparisons to The Sword's sound that I've seen include Black Sabbath, Mastadon and Wolfmother. One thing is for sure, with Age of Winters Austin's The Sword have placed themselves at or near the top of the heavy metal food chain. As a musician friend of mine told me recently, "They have all these bands from Sweden racking their brains trying to figure out how to be heavier than The Sword, but they just can't do it."


Hear:

The Sword - Freya
The Sword - Iron Swan

See:

Music video for Freya
Music video for Winter's Wolves

The Sword current tour dates:

Oct 1 2006: House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Oct 2 2006: The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct 4 2006: Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
Oct 5 2006: The Norva - Norfolk, VA
Oct 6 2006: Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct 7 2006: The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Oct 8 2006: Le Medley - Montreal, QC
Oct 9 2006: Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
Oct 10 2006: Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
Oct 12 2006: Showplace Theatre - Buffalo, NY
Oct 13 2006: Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, OH
Oct 14 2006: Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Oct 15 2006: Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Oct 16 2006: Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Oct 17 2006: Metro - Chicago, IL
Oct 18 2006: Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Oct 20 2006: Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
Oct 21 2006: Avalon Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 23 2006: Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Oct 24 2006: Croatian Cultural Centre - Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 2006: El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Oct 27 2006: Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Oct 28 2006: The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 29 2006: Soma - San Diego, CA
Oct 30 2006: Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
Nov 1 2006: Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Nov 3 2006: Meridian - Houston, TX
Nov 4 2006: White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
Nov 5 2006: Ridglea Theatre - Fort Worth, TX

Purchase: Age of Winters
The Sword official website: SwordOfDoom.com
The Sword on Myspace: Myspace.com/TheSword

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