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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Sword Announces Metallica Off-Dates

Metallic rock titans The Sword have announced U.S. headlining dates in support of its critically-acclaimed new album, Gods of the Earth. The band will headline a slew of off-dates while on tour supporting Metallica, who hand-picked the celebrated Austin, TX quartet as support on its upcoming North American tour, set to launch October 21 in Glendale, AZ.

Teaser clips for the Metallica/The Sword run have surfaced and can be viewed online at these locations (clip #1/clip #2). In addition to headlining off-dates during the Metallica tour, The Sword will team up with Lamb of God for a string of shows this December.

The Sword’s brand new music video – for the towering single “How Heavy this Axe” – will make its world premiere this Tuesday, October 21 on MTV2. The kaleidoscopic clip, which pays homage to the classic Black Sabbath videos “Paranoid” and “Iron Man,” will also air as part of the network’s “Headbangers Ball: 20th Anniversary” programming. The week-long celebration, which will feature noteworthy interviews, archive footage from the program’s past 20 years, a roundtable discussion with ex-Headbangers Ball VJ’s and more will include the “How Heavy this Axe” video as part of the Saturday, October 25 edition of “Headbangers Ball”.

The Sword has taken the music world by storm in the three years since its Kemado Records debut, Age of Winters, gaining widespread acclaim for its aggressive sound, mountaintop-friendly hooks and lyrical themes rife with myth and mythology. The band’s sophomore album, Gods of the Earth, was released this past April.

Check out The Sword’s “Maiden, Mother & Crone” video now at this location.

The Sword Tour Dates
(As part of Metallica’s fall/winter North American headlining tour)

October 21: Glendale, AZ - Jobing Arena
October 23: Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
October 25: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
October 26: Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
October 27: Minneapolis MN - Triple Rock Social Club (The Sword headline date)
October 28: Sioux Falls, SD - Nuttys (The Sword headline date)
October 30: Missoula, MT - The Palace (The Sword headline date)
November 1: Portland, OR - Rose Quarter
November 2: Boise ID - Neurolux (The Sword headline date)
November 3: Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions Arena
November 4: Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
November 5: Wichita, KS - Barleycorns (The Sword headline date)
November 6: Omaha, NE - Qwest Center
November 7: Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (The Sword headline date)
November 8: Moline, IL - iWireless Center
November 9: Columbus, - OH Schottenstein Center
November 10: Nashville, TN - Exit / In (The Sword headline date)
November 11: Asheville, NC - Stella Blue (The Sword headline date)
November 12: Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater (The Sword headline date)
November 14: Hiltonhead, SC - Shoreline Ballroom (The Sword headline date)
November 15: Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (The Sword headline date)
November 16: Covington, KY - Madhatter (The Sword headline date)
November 17: St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
November 18: Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
November 19: Ft. Worth, TX - Lola`s (The Sword headline date)
November 20: Houston, TX - Toyota Center
November 21: New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks (The Sword headline date)
November 22: Little Rock, AR - Alltel Arena
November 23: New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
December 1: Seattle, WA - Key Arena
December 2: Vancouver, BC - GM Place
December 4: Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
December 6: Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall, with Lamb of God
December 7: Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
December 9: Spokane, SK - Knitting Factory Concert House, with Lamb of God
December 10: Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre, with Lamb of God
December 11: Chico, CA - Senator Theatre, with Lamb of God
December 12: Ontario, CA - Citizens Bank Arena
December 13: Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
December 15: San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
December 17: Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
December 19: Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre, with Lamb of God
December 20: Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
January 12: Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
January 13: Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
January 14: Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel (The Sword headline date)
January 15: Washington, DC - Verizon Center
January 16: Westchester, PA - The Note (The Sword headline date)
January 17: Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
January 18: Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Center
January 20: Albany, NY - Revolution (The Sword headline date)
January 21: Burlington, VT - Higher Ground (The Sword headline date)
January 22: Buffalo, NY - The Tralf (The Sword headline date)
January 23: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls (The Sword headline date)
January 24: Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop (The Sword headline date)
January 25: Columbus, OH - Ravari Room (The Sword headline date)
January 26: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
January 29: Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
January 31: Newark, NJ - Prudential Center

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