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Artist Update: The Sword

posted September 5, 2012, 12:01 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment 1 Comment

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Austin’s The Sword have quite a bit going on. First, as we first reported back in June, their new album Apocryphon is slated for November 2nd. While the artwork for their 4th record has just been released, we do know via Metal Underground that it was done by comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). We also have the track listing (tentative), thanks to The PRP:

01 – “The Veil Of Isis“
02 – “Cloak Of Feathers“
03 – “Arcane Montane“
04 – “The Hidden Masters“
05 – “Dying Earth“
06 – “Execrator“
07 – “Seven Sisters“
08 – “Hawks & Serpents“
09 – “Eyes Of The Stormwitch“
10 – “Apocryphon“

The group worked with

producer J. Robbins (Clutch, Against Me!) on the outing and will also be issuing it on lava orange swirl vinyl. That particular pressing will be limited to 2000 copies.

In other news, the 4 piece made an appearance on  Monday on Travel Channel’s show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – The Final Tour. The show was shot in March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW music festival. A brief clip from the show can be viewed below. In this episode, The Sword introduces Bourdain to the band’s branded hot sauce “Tears of Fire.”

Finally, here are the brand new tourdates! The opening support will be Gypsyhawk, Eagle Claw (10/29-11/24), and American Sharks (12/02-12/18).

Oct. 29 – Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
Oct. 31 – Oklahoma City, OK – ACM
Nov. 01 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
Nov. 02 – Shreveport, LA – The Riverside Warehouse
Nov. 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival
Nov. 05 – Lincoln, NE- Bourbon Theater
Nov. 06 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov. 07 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
Nov. 08 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Nov. 09 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Nov. 10 – Covington, KY – The Thompson House
Nov. 11 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, Pa – Union Transfer
Nov. 14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Nov. 15 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
Nov. 16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
Nov. 17 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
Nov. 20 – Orlando, FL – Beacham
Nov. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 22 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
Nov. 23 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
Nov. 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Dec. 02 – Tulsa, OK – Eclipse
Dec. 03 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Dec. 04 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
Dec. 05 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Dec. 06 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Dec. 07 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Dec. 08 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Dec. 10 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
Dec. 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Dec. 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Dec. 15 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Dec. 18 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

Updated: As of September 25th, the band premiered their new single “Veil Of Isis” on Rolling Stone, stream it here.

Frontman J.D. Cronise calls the track the most “Sword-ish” song of the album musically, yet notes that lyrically, “it’s a little more metaphysical than a lot of our previous stuff. It talks a lot about cycles of nature and life and death and birth and transformation and death and rebirth.

“In essence, the song is about change,” Cronise tells Rolling Stone. “[It's about] moving from one phase of the natural cycle to the next and the recognition of the knowledge revealed when such transitions occur. The lyrics make reference to Isis, the goddess of nature and magic, and her brother/husband Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, as agents of those changes and keepers of sacred knowledge. The ‘veil’ is that which hides from us the true nature of the universe that, during our earthly existence, is largely hidden from us.”

Via Metal Underground and The PRP

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One Response to “Artist Update: The Sword”

  1.  mackypaige on October 30th, 2012 6:32 pm

    I am loving the track, Eyes of the Stormwitch. You should definitely check it out…http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-sword-premiere-new-lyric-video-eyes-of-the-stormwitch.html

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