After a successful first leg of the KYUSS LIVES! tour, Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD have announced the addition of drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III to the group's ranks. The band would like to thank Kevin Fender, best known for his work with the Texas hardcore outfit EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE for sitting in this past year, following the departure of original drummer, Trivett Wingo.
THE SWORD will wrap up the touring cycle for its third album, "Warp Riders", with 18 U.S and Canadian shows November 19 through December 10, once again supporting KYUSS LIVES!
THE SWORD was forced to cancel its appearance at this past July's Heavy T.O. festival at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario because Fender was denied entry to Canada.
"Warp Riders" sold around 8,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Warp Riders" marked the first release where the group has worked with an outside producer. Helmed by Matt Bayles (PEARL JAM, MASTODON, ISIS), the album is anchored by an epic science-fiction narrative. The storyline is a psychedelic space opera that explores temporal themes of death and rebirth. "Warp Riders" also finds THE SWORD expanding its range from pure metal to include bone-crunching hard rock at large. Rather than dampening its sound, the band actually sounds more amplified than ever, spewing out some of its most scalding riffs to date and channeling an unearthly bellow from its low end.