THE SWORD Announces U.S. Headlining Tour

Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD will release their fourth album, "Apocryphon", on October 22 in the U.S. via Razor & Tie and November 2 in Europe through Napalm Records. The CD was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH, JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and will feature cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). THE SWORD has announced a 37-date U.S. tour, commencing October 29 in Corpus Christi, Texas and running through December 18. GYPSYHAWK will be support on the entire tour while EAGLE CLAW will appear through November 24 and AMERICAN SHARKS will appear December 2 through December 18. The dates are as follows: 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 Ave 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 Andrews 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 - Neumos Dec. 10 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows 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 - Congress Dec. 18 - Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds Asked about the band's decision to work with J. Robbins on "Apocryphon" after self-producing two records and then working with Matt Bayles, THE SWORD guitarist Kyle Shutt told, "We're all huge CLUTCH fans, and we know those guys real well. [James] did two of their last three records, and those sound great, so we figured it was a no-brainer. We called him up and he was into it. He saw our live show at a club in Baltimore on the tour before we came here so he could get a feel of the kind of show we put on because we wanted to make an album that sounds like we do live in a club. And it was great. It was a real speedy process." On the topic of the musical direction of the new album, Shutt said, "It is a reflection of everything that we [have gone] through and the lessons we learned. We then deal with these situations metaphorically in our lyrics. This record is just 10 banging hard rockers. There's no real 'stick-out' thrash song, or, like, this one is the ballad. I don't think there's going to be any instrumental songs on this record, either, so that'll be a first for us. It's just 10 kick-ass rock songs." Regarding the subject matter covered in the new songs' lyrics, Shutt said, "There are lyrical themes that weave in and out of the songs, but there's no story or anything like that. With 'Warp Riders', J.D. [guitarist/vocalist John Cronise] had already written [the story] and now he [doesn't] have the time to sit down and write another book. We had the idea to make a comic book for 'Warp Riders', but we had some really poor management at the time, so nothing really came together with that and it was going to cost so much money that it never saw the light of day. It was just a nice thing we did. Now we're moving on to other things."