Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Local Boy Makes Good

Woah... Evidently Umlaut friend Rafa and his band Black Cobra will be supporting The Sword on their upcoming U.S. Tour! I can't think of a better match of road dog bands: If The Sword make it back to S.F. it would be the 5th time they've been through town since 2006.. and Black Cobra have already hit The States, Europe, and Japan this year alone. Nicely done, Rafa!

Trivia: Readers will also know Rafa from his fine work laying down the bottom end for Acid King.

Indie bands like Black Cobra and The Sword who take their war to the people still rule... and, yes, The Sword are an indie band.. not that it even matters in this day and age. What year is this?? 1990?!

Dynamic, Austin, TX based quartet The Sword has announced a U.S. headlining tour, its first in nearly a year. The scheduled 17 city trek will launch this December and will see the critically acclaimed metal band perform many of the brand new songs that will comprise the bulk of its highly anticipated new album, due in early 2008 via NYC’s Kemado Records.

Unquestionably one of heavy music’s most talked about new bands, 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. The band will enter a Texas studio shortly to record its as-yet-untitled sophomore album and plans to up the ante with its new material, which is being described as “more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger.”

Tickets for The Sword headlining shows in NYC, Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA went on sale this Saturday (September 29), with the tour’s remaining dates expected to be announced in the coming days. Support on The Sword tour will be provided by Valient Thorr and San Francisco’s Black Cobra. The first-announced dates are as follows:

December 6: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

December 7: Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

December 8: Cambridge, MA - Middle East (downstairs)

With its debut album Age of Winters, The Sword firmly established itself as both one of metal and hard rock’s most looked-to new artists. The album was named as one of Decibel’s “Most Anticipated Albums of 2006” and was hailed as "the new classic-Black Sabbath platter you have been waiting forever for the old Sabs to make" by Rolling Stone while yielding the colossal singles “Winter’s Wolves” and “Freya.” The Sword`s purpose and aim would see them named as one of Billboard`s "Faces to Watch", one of AP’s “Bands You Need to Know” and an MTV News "You Hear It First" artist.