Austin, Texas quartet THE SWORD will embark on a short U.S. headlining tour in January. The band will preview brand new songs from its as-yet-untitled third record, which is due in 2010.The dates are as follows: Jan. 23 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
Jan. 24 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Jan. 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Jan. 27 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
Jan. 28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
Jan. 29 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves THE SWORD has completed the writing process for the follow-up to 2008's "Gods Of The Earth" and will enter an Austin studio in February to begin recording the new CD. THE SWORD's new songs are said to feature a more direct and diverse take on the unit's dynamic, power-driven sound in addition to "otherworldly / sci-fi" lyrical themes. THE SWORD has taken the music world by storm since the release of its debut album, "Age of Winters" (2006), gaining widespread acclaim for its aggressive sound, mountaintop-friendly hooks and lyrical themes rife with myth and mythology. "Gods of the Earth" was released in 2008 to fan and critical acclaim and the band supported the record by touring the globe with METALLICA on its "Death Magnetic" world tour. THE SWORD song "The Black River" is featured on the wildly popular video game "Guitar Hero: Metallica" and the band's track "Celestial Crown" appears on the soundtrack to the movie "Jennifer's Body". Video footage of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich performing the song "Freya" with THE SWORD on May 17, 2009 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany can be viewed below. RollingStone.com last year asked Lars Ulrich to name his favorite album of 2008. "We're fortunate to have this heavy-metal band from Austin out playing with us, and we've got them playing shows on our days off so that we can go see them," he responded. "I'm a product of British metal — IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, ANGEL WITCH — and THE SWORD sound like the definitive new wave of British heavy metal, which is interesting coming from four guys from Texas. The arrangements, the intros and outros, the middle eights and that type of stuff, it reminds me of DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH or JUDAS PRIEST. They're not really a young METALLICA, but that's because they're cooler than we were."