Austin, TX’s The Sword has announced both U.S. and United Kingdom headlining tours in support of its eagerly anticipated new album, "Gods of the Earth".
The Sword will launch a UK headlining trek on March 25 in Nottingham. The tour will hit London’s Underworld venue on April 3. Support on The Sword tour will be provided by Oakland, CA quartet Saviours and San Francisco’s Black Cobra.
On April 14, The Sword will kick off a west coast U.S. headlining run. The 13 city jaunt will feature support from Slough Feg and Brooklyn progressive thrash trio Children. Additional The Sword U.S. headlining dates are expected to be announced in the immediate future.
The Sword has also been announced as one of the featured artists of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival, set to take place June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. Known for showcasing “some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles,” Bonnaroo 2008 will see The Sword perform alongside such acts as Metallica, Sigur Ros, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, M.I.A., and Willie Nelson. A full listing of upcoming The Sword live dates follows this message.
"Gods of the Earth" is set to drop on April 1, 2008 via Kemado Records. The follow up to the band`s critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be “more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger.”
The final track listing for "Gods of the Earth" is as follows:
1.) The Sundering
2.) The Frost Giant’s Daughter
3.) How Heavy This Axe
5.) Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians (MP3)
6.) To Take the Black
7.) Maiden, Mother & Crone
8.) Under the Boughs
9.) The Black River
10.) The White Sea
The first single from Gods of the Earth will be the track "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, which will be released as a limited edition 10" picture disc on March 18 The vinyl-only release will also include the unreleased b-side, "Codex Corvidae."
To check out the Gods of the Earth E-card, featuring "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians," as well as a sneak peak of the song’s music video, visit this location.
The Sword delivers explosive songs, gripping live performances and a unique vision that combines metal`s beloved past with the forward-thinking enthusiasm of today’s hard music elite. Wielding a potent combination of intense songwriting chemistry and eye-opening creativity and talent, The Sword is one of heavy music’s most electrifying and looked-to new bands.
The Sword features guitarist/vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo.
The Sword tour dates:
UK “Gods of the Earth” tour (with support from Saviours and Black Cobra)
March 25: Nottingham, UK - Rock City
March 26: Oxford, UK - Academy
March 27: Birmingham, UK - Academy
March 28: Manchester, UK - Academy
March 29: Glasgow, UK - King Tut’s
March 30: Stoke-On-Trent, UK - Sugar Mill
April 1: Newport, UK - TJ’s
April 2: Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
April 3: London, UK - Underworld
April 4: Colchester, UK - Arts Center
U.S. “Gods of the Earth” West Coast tour (with support from Slough Feg and Children)
April 14: Lubbock, Texas - Jake’s Sports Center
April 15: Albuquerque, New Mexico - Launchpad
April 16: Phoenix, Arizona - The Brickhouse
April 17: San Diego, California - The Casbah
April 18: Los Angeles, California - El Rey Theatre
April 19: San Francisco, California - Slim’s
April 21: Pan Portland, Oregon - Berbati’s
April 22: Seattle, Washington - Neumo’s
April 24: Boise, Idaho - Neurolux
April 25: Salt Lake City, Utah - Club Vegas
April 26: Denver, Colorado - Bluebird Theatre
April 28: Wichita, Kansas - BarleyCorns
April 29: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Conservatory